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From Publishers Weekly

The feisty series inaugurated in Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon is not just for middle graders any more - with these two volumes, Danziger and Ross introduce their winning heroine to beginning readers as well. Making Amber younger and showing the Brown family before divorce, Danziger simplifies her prose style without reducing her energy. She keeps several story lines moving, and she invigorates them with her characteristic love of puns and her kid-targeted sense of humor. In Justin Time, for example, which opens on the eve of Amber's birthday, she agitates for a watch ("I, Amber Brown, am one very excited six-year, 364-day-old kid"); she also tries to come to terms with her best friend's perpetual tardiness (the friend is Justin Daniels, who moves away in Crayon). In Trip, the Browns and the Daniels vacation together in the Poconos, during the course of which Justin hurts Amber's feelings, a business phone call during a dad-supervised outdoor sleepover annoys Amber, and Justin's left-out little brother finds a way to be included. The emotions are real and recognizable, and Amber's first-person narration makes even obvious jokes seem spontaneous (such as a riff on Poconos/"poke a nose"). Ross brings extra verve to his contributions. In Justin Time, for example, as Amber tells her stuffed-toy gorilla about the gift she wants, Ross shows her drawing a watch onto the gorilla's wrist. In aiming for a younger audience, Danziger and Ross have kept their standards just as high. Ages 5-8. (Mar.)
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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K-Gr 3-This feisty character is back in a series written for younger readers. Soon-to-be second-grader Amber Brown and Justin Daniels are headed for a vacation in the "Poke a nose" with their families. Together they run around the yard, find a tree house, see a deer, and have all kinds of fun-until Justin teases Amber about her fear of water and relentlessly splashes her in the pool. Amber's anger doesn't last long though, and soon she and Justin are best friends again, camping out with their dads, telling ghost stories around the fire, and eating hot-dog kebabs. Readers will adore the irrepressible Amber and appreciate her love/hate relationship with Justin. Even fans of Danziger's original series will pick this title up for a quick and easy read, and will gain insight into Amber and Justin's friendship. The author's ability to capture the essence of childhood and deliver it without condescension is unparalleled, and Ross has brought the young Amber to life in the familiar style used in the original series.-Holly Belli, Bergen County Cooperative Library System, West Caldwell, NJ

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 250L (What's this?)
  • Series: A is for Amber; Easy-To-Read
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers; English Language edition (February 19, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399234691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399234699
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,957,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in New York, Paula Danziger knew since second grade that she wanted to be a writer. Beginning her career as a teacher, Danziger taught at the junior high, high school, college levels. She received her Masters Degree in reading and during that time she wrote her first bestselling novel, The Cat Ate My Gymsuit. She returned to teaching, but the success of her book encouraged her to become a full-time writer. It was non-stop for Danziger since then. Among her titles are: the enormously popular Amber Brown books as well as Remember Me To Harold Square, The Divorce Express, and Can You Sue Your Parents For Malpractice?Danziger received numerous honors, including: Parent's Choice Awards, International Reading Association - Children's Book Council Awards, a IRA-CBC Children's Choice Award and many nominations for state reading and library association awards. Known as a flamboyantly funny and deeply honest writer and speaker, Paula Danziger knew how to relate to young readers at their level. She was vital, funny, and compassionate. She knew how kids felt, what made them laugh, what they wore, collected, read, and played with. From collecting novelty toys that would make any teacher cringe, to wearing jangly earrings, funky glasses and shoes covered with beads and sequins, Paula Danziger had a direct line into kids' hearts and funnybones. She will be missed always.In Paula's memory, The Amber Brown Fund has been established to bring authors and illustrators to schools and libraries which otherwise could not afford them. Donations may be sent to The Amber Brown Fund/ SCBWI Museum of Children's Books, 8271 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048. "I want people who want to become writers to read lots, write and rewrite lots, take acting lessons to learn about character development, observe people and not to be afraid of not being perfect. As for those people who don't want to be writers, I hope that you will always continue to read and also not be afraid of not being perfect." "I have two sets of heroes: One--bright, creative teachers, who manage to stay in the classroom. And, two--people who have difficult childhoods and manage to use the experiences to grow into caring, understanding adults."

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By Anne E. Handelong on February 18, 2014
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This book was a present for my granddaughter for her birthday. She really loves to read Amber Brown books. Great
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My dtr is in the 2nd grade and she is starting to read more words this is a great book
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