Item description for It's a Fair Day, Amber Brown (A Is for Amber) by Paula Danziger & Tony Ross...
Overview While on vacation in the Poconos, Amber, her best friend, Justin, and their families go to the big fair to have a super day, but when her parents get into a fight, Amber thinks her fantastic day may have just taken a turn for the worse.
Publishers Description Amber awakes, ready for a perfect day at the county fair. She, her parents, and her best friend, Justin, and his family are in the Poconos on vacation. She's got it all planned . . . hot dogs, cotton candy, games, and wonderful rides. The morning turns out almost exactly as Amber hoped, but then her mom and dad get into a fight. And a perfect day at the fair turns into just a fair day.
Citations And Professional Reviews It's a Fair Day, Amber Brown (A Is for Amber) by Paula Danziger & Tony Ross has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 07/08/2002
Kirkus Review - Children - 06/01/2002 page 803
PW Notes and Reprints - 07/01/2002 page 81
School Library Journal - 07/01/2002 page 87
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2002 page 351
Booklist - 11/01/2002 page 505
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2002 page 351
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Studio: Putnam Juvenile
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jul 22, 2002
Publisher Putnam Juvenile
ISBN 0399236066 ISBN13 9780399236068
Availability 0 units.
More About Paula Danziger & Tony Ross
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.
Paula Danziger lived in New York City, in the state of New York. Paula Danziger was born in 1944 and died in 2004.
Reviews - What do customers think about It's a Fair Day, Amber Brown (A Is for Amber)?
Two stars, with reservations Sep 14, 2007
Published in 2005, this Amber Brown story follows the protagonist, Amber, through an eventful Halloween day.
Amber and her brother Justin are getting ready for school, excitedly packing their pumpkins which the kids decorated as book characters. So far, so good. Then on the very next page is a color illustration of her parents arguing and the whole page of text is about her parents not getting along and how Amber hopes they make up soon -- if not it will be "a sad Halloween".
The remaining events in the day are each colored with Amber's comments, such as, "She (mom) doesn't kiss my dad", "what if my parents get a divorce", etc. It's only 3/4 of the way through the book that her parents make up.
Amber's teacher, Ms. Light, is a light in the story, a breath of fresh air. The description of the class and the Halloween activities that day are fun, although peppered with Amber's negativity, "This is supposed to be fun, but it's really math". Her sense of humor is mostly negative throughout the book.
I don't really mind gross-out humor, but some parents do, so I thought I'd mention what's in this book -- a booger joke, comments on dirty diapers, pimples drawn on pumpkins and musings on what a pumpkin would look like with a pimple squeezed, calling someone a pumpkin pimple.
The reservations I have are mainly about the expression of Amber's parents failing marriage and Amber's worry. If a child has that situation at home the book might actually be a comfort to them; BUT for readers with stable home environments it may cause unneeded fear and worry. No need to plant seeds of disaster in little minds just before bedtime in my opinion. Our two 8 years olds' response was one of confusion (as to why something like that was in one of their books).
Thankfully we were able to check out this book from the library instead of buying.