Friday, July 10, 2015

Amelia Bedelia Cleans up by Herman Parish — ADVISABLE

Parish, Herman Amelia Bedelia Cleans Up (Amelia Bedelia #6), illustrated by Lynne Avril. Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins), 2015. $4.99. Content: G.

Amelia Bedelia and her friends clean up a vacant lot in order to build a clubhouse, but once the lot is neat, its owner decides to implement a few plans of her own. With an eye-catching cover, plenty of illustrations, and a generous font size, this makes a good early chapter book. The plot itself is a bit absurd in spots, but many readers have come to expect that from Amelia Bedelia books. It’s amusing when Amelia takes so many clichés literally, although a few are obscure enough to be unfamiliar to some students, and those might require a little explanation from an adult. While this one stands on its own okay, it would likely make more sense when read after the first five in the series.

EL (K-3) — ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn

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