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Only Emma Hardcover – April 7, 2005

4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in the Emma Series

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4–When Emma's mother loses her job, the third grader has to leave private school, and they move to a new neighborhood. Then Anthony, the four-year-old son of her mother's friend, comes to stay for a week. To Emma, he's just one big annoyance. She makes friends with Cynthia, also an only child, whom she is eager to please for fear of losing the relationship. When Cynthia invites Emma to sleep over, her mom gives her the option of asking her friend to their house instead, because of Anthony. Emma can't imagine that Cynthia would like the boy, but she is in for a surprise–about her friend and about herself. The black-and-white illustrations are charming, and thumbnail sidebars present fun scientific facts about animals mentioned in the story. Though nothing in this early chapter book is new in a field saturated with "Amber Brown," "Junie B. Jones," and "Judy Moody" books, it holds its own. Emma is a likable character whose feelings and behaviors are common to many children. A sequel is planned.–Linda Zeilstra Sawyer, Skokie Public Library, IL
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Gr. 2-4. Emma McGraw is having a tough time. She is the new kid in school and has just moved to a new apartment. Her best friend, Cynthia, is mad at her. Her only-child world has been invaded by a peanut-butter-smelling crybaby named Anthony Scarpetto, who is staying with the McGraws while his parents are out of town. To add insult to injury, her mom seems to love having Anthony around! Luckily, this dynamic, animal-obsessed eight-year-old dives headfirst--sometimes gracefully and sometimes not--into each new challenge and emerges with a fresh perspective. A natural for fans of the Amber Brown and Judy Moody books, this middle-grade series debut features a boxy trim size, charming ink-and-wash drawings, and animal facts scattered throughout the accessible text. The second installment of Emma's adventures, Weirdo Emma!, is planned for fall 2005. Jennifer Locke
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Series: Emma
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (April 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067005979X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670059799
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,985,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
After reading some reviews of this book, I picked it up from the library for my daughter who is an only child. I thought the character might be someone she could relate to (same age) and perhaps it would contain some positive messages about being an only child. Fortunately, I read it first and immediately hid it from my daughter until it could be returned. Emma is a major complainer and in the end she concludes the only good thing about being an only child is you can watch tv whenever you want. It ends with her stating "Yuck" about her only child status and feeling depressed. (To be fair she says she will probably get over it.) Still, this is not the message I want to convey to my daughter.

The story itself is okay, although I found the line drawings to be a little creepy (not nearly as cute as the cover drawing). However, if you're looking for positive only child role models, Emma is not the best choice.
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Only Emma, by Sally Warner, is a humorous, realistic tale of an eight-year old girl who has grown up as an only child. When faced with the devastating news that Anthony Scarpetto, a feisty four-year old, will be staying with them for a week, Emma reacts in a way that most children would. As I read this book aloud to my third graders, it was obvious that they (as eight or nine-year olds) understood what Emma was going through. The author does a terrific job of portraying the dynamic relationships between Emma and Anthony, Anthony and Emma's Mom, and Emma and her best friend Cynthia. I loved this book, and my students are already begging me to read the next one in the series!! I would recommend this book for children 7-10 and I feel that girls could related more to Emma's character, and may find the book more enjoyable than boys would.
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Format: Paperback
Emma is an eight year old girl. Her mom and dad split, and she and her mom moved to a tiny condo. Now, afther eight years, her mom's friends son, has to stay with them. At first, Emma hates living with Anthony. He's a pest, won't leave Emma alone, and has to sleep in her room, on her bed! But, soon, Emma finds out that being a big sister is actully fun. I recemend this book to ALL girls, not just only children. READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Format: Kindle Edition
I liked that Emma had feelings for Anthony at the end but what I didn't like was the Ending. Cuz I was hoping that Anthony would come back and run into Emma's arms. Other than that it was really nice
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