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Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon Paperback – 7 Sep 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (7 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142406198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142406199
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 666,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Danziger reaches out to a younger audience in this funny, touching slice of third-grade life, told in the voice of a feisty, lovable heroine."

"Danziger reaches out to a younger audience in this funny, touching slice of third-grade live, told in the voice of a feisty, lovable heroine." School Library Journal, starred review
"Without a trace of condescension, Danziger gets the child's funny and vulnerable voice. The third-grader's friendship is beautifully drawn, especially the rituals about food, their shared enjoyment of the messy and the gross." Booklist"

About the Author

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.
Tony Ross lives in London, England."

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Format: Hardcover
As a self-respecting teenager it takes a lot for me to admit to liking a book aimed at ten year-olds. However I am proud to say, in true Amber Brown style:I, Louise am an Amber Brown fan.This, as the first book in the series is a must for any growing girl and as someone who read them as a child I can honestly say they are one of the best children's books around. Who ever you are, and at whatever age you are there is something in Amber you can relate to. If it's her messy hair, her love of Bubble gum, her parent's divorce or the moving away of her best friend, there is something you can identify with.I, for one, am very pleased that I received this book as a child and as I re-read them recently I noticed how much they had an impact on me. It's almost a decade since I first read them but re-reading them made me realise that I remember the stories, the events and the characters. If you can remember that much detail about a book you read when you were eight, I would say it must be a pretty good book.So if there is one thing you should know: Amber Brown is so much better then any drawing implement!
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Format: Paperback
I read this book when I was eight and it was the first American book I ever read, so I didn't quite get it. It's about a girl called Amber Brown whose best friend, Justin, moves away and
she's really upset. When I first read it, I kept thinking, 'Why is this girl calling her mum MOM? and where is Alabama?' Basically this book is okay for 8-10 year olds, but it won't rock the world. (Britishfairyprincess)
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HASH(0x878a5bc4) out of 5 stars Step in to the feisty world of Amber Brown and friends! 8 Mar. 2007
By Erika Sorocco - Published on
Format: Paperback
Third grader, Amber Brown, and Justin Daniels have been best friends ever since preschool. They always know what the other is thinking, have created a giant ball of chewed gum that is their prized possession, and have the perfect way to eat Oreo cookies - Amber eats the cream filling, and Justin eats the chocolate cookie shell. Having known each other forever has only worked to help them survive school. After all, they're constantly sticking up for one another when someone decides to tease them about their names - "Amber Brown is not a crayon," "Justin Time" - they help each other out with homework - Justin is the math brainiac, while Amber's strong-point is spelling and penmanship - and they sit next to each other for all class activities. Which is why they both have a hard time accepting the fact that Justin is moving. As a dynamic duo, the two can't imagine being separated. And no, it's not being separated by a town, or a single state, but, rather, thousands of miles. Justin will be in Arizona, and Amber will be stuck in New Jersey. Now, as they begin contemplating what life will be like without the other by their side, disaster strikes, and the two bosom buddies begin fighting like cats and dogs - refusing to even speak to one another. The people around them, from their parents to their beloved teacher, Mr. Cohen, have no idea what to do to get the two pals to make up, and everyone begins to wonder whether the two will manage to mend their friendship, before it's too late.

I originally read AMBER BROWN IS NOT A CRAYON when I was in the fourth grade, and instantly fell in love with Amber. Paula Danziger has a magical way of meshing the fun (best friends, school projects) with the serious (moving away), to create a splendid work of fiction that really appeals to young readers. Her ability to bring real-life situations to the forefront, and shine a spotlight on them is inspiring, and will obviously win a place in the heart of readers who are experiencing similar situations. Danziger manages to put various lessons into such a compact book, from conflict resolution, to feeling comfortable enough to reveal your true emotions. Amber is a lovable character, whose sloppy, messy ways make her unique, and easy to relate to; while her friendship with Justin really illustrates just how strong the bond can be between children - even those as young as the two characters in this book. Justin, on the other hand, also brings a diversity to the story, and helps to highlight both his, and Amber's quirks. The two characters play off of one another marvelously, and truly bring their own unique voices to the tale. Step in to the feisty world of Amber Brown and friends!

Erika Sorocco

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x878a5b58) out of 5 stars Things I like about this book 24 Jun. 2007
A Kid's Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
I liked this book because it is about two best friends named Amber Brown and Justin Daniels. In this book Justin is moving away and he and Amber have a fight. This is a funny book that is full of character! I hope you read to see IF they make up!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8789e03c) out of 5 stars A Fun, Light Read! 10 Oct. 2001
By Jonathan - Published on
Format: Paperback
I love these Amber Brown books. I'm thirteen, so these books are a fun, light read. The books follow third grader Amber Brown, who, in this book, is coping with the fact that her best friend, Justin, is moving. She must learn to deal with her feelings with Justin. It's funny and sincere and you'll definatly like it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x878a7714) out of 5 stars Friendships are supposed to last a lifetime 3 Jun. 2010
By Kerri Busteed - Published on
Format: Paperback
Amber Brown is not a crayon, nor is she ready to give up her best friend. Justin Daniels and Amber have been best friends since preschool. They help each other out in school, have races, made a used bubble gum ball together along with a lot of memories. Now Justin's house is up for sale and his family is moving far away. They try to pretend it is never going to happen, until the two come home to a sold sticker over the for sale sign. Yikes, this is not going to be fun. The two friends need to learn how to accept the move and stay friends forever.

Paula Danziger does a great job getting into the mind of a third grader as she writes the stories of Amber Brown. The stories are written for early readers (7-9 years old) or a bit younger if they get some help reading. I think kids can all relate to the idea of not wanting change to occur in their lives or how hard it can be to change. I recommend the Amber Brown books for your young readers - boys or girls can equally enjoy this one!

By Kerri J. Busteed
Author of Will's First Hunt [...]
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8789e390) out of 5 stars Mashama's review of Amber 4 Mar. 2007
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Format: Paperback
I like the story Amber Brown is not a crayon. The best character was Amber Brown. I like Amber Brown because she is funny. The story was good because Amber was nice. I also liked the story because it was funny. I think you should read this story because it shows how to get back together when you breakup and be friends.
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