Monday, August 12, 2013
Middle Grade Spotlight- Amelia Bedelia Means Business
Did you know that HarperCollins Children's is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Amelia Bedelia by creating a whole new chapter book series around Amelia as a little girl? Yep. The first two books came out in Spring 2013, and another will follow Fall 2013.
I'm taking a look at book 1 in the new series- Amelia Bedelia Means Business. The author is Herman Parish, the nephew of the original Amelia Bedelia creator, Peggy Parish. The story revolves around Amelia's quest to earn money for a shiny new bike. She tries all sorts of things, from waitressing to having a lemonade stand to earn the money, often with disastrous results.
In my opinion, this new spin off series is decent for kids that aren't familiar with the original picture books. There is a lot of story added to make it a chapter book, with the occasional word mishaps. The reading is easy and the story line is funny. While the original books focused mainly on Amelia and her mishaps, the chapters books bring in several side characters including her parents, fellow students and town folk. I believe kids in 2nd grade and up will enjoy Amelia's zany antics. But, I do have to say that the original Amelia Bedelia books have a magic that these don't quite get.