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Has Anyone Seen My Emily Greene?by Norma Fox Mazer
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The perennial game of hide-and- seek between parent and child inspires a lilting text and charming illustrations.
Its time for lunch, but where, oh, where is Emily Greene? Her father searches for her everywhere, but without any luck. Look carefully, and dont forget to check behind the curtains! In her first picture book, acclaimed author Norma Fox Mazer teams with renowned illustrator Christine Davenier to create a merry game of hide-and-seek. Readers will delight in searching for giggling Emily and in the warm relationship between this irrepressible little girl and her loving, good-humored father.
"'That's Daddy, doubling as lunchtime chef, asking the title question about his pigtailed preschooler daughter. 'She's not in the sink./ She's not in the drawer,' writes YA author Mazer, in her first picture book. 'She's not in the pantry/ or behind the door.' Of course, Emily isn't missing in any serious way; readers can easily spot her in Davenier's (Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen) playful watercolors as she runs through a variety of domestic hiding places: under the dining room table, behind the curtains, peeking out from a doorway. In one scene, as Dad makes a show of checking 'under the rug?/ behind the chair?' Emily achieves a state of not-being-seen simply by throwing her red blanket over her head. Very young children especially will applaud Emily's mischievous ingenuity, as well as Dad's willingness to be such a good sport through so many pages. And when Emily finally reveals herself, she's rewarded with a tasty feast, a lovely snuggle and a wonderful litany of endearments: 'My daisy fluff, my sweet big stuff./ My clever, my funny, my lovely, my sunny./ My daughter so dear.' This utterly endearing game of hide-and-seek should be a delight for daughters as well as their daddies. Ages 3-up. (June)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"'Is she under the rug? Behind the chair? On top of the desk? Way up in the air? I can't find her anywhere.' Every little girl should have a dad like Emily Greene's, a guy who turns a summons to lunch into a high-and-low pretend search, with theatrical running commentary. Every child — make that all of us — should get to feel the love that envelops Emily when she's finally 'found': 'My clever, my... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review) funny, my lovely, my sunny. My daughter so dear. My Emily Greene ... right here.' Christine Davenier's pictures are as brimful of energy and affection as the text. Elizabeth Ward can be reached at warde(at symbol)washpost.com" Reviewed by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieMarie AranaMichael DirdaHarold HolzerTyler KnoxMark SloukaJonathan YardleyRobert PinskyMatthew DallekRon CharlesJames MannElizabeth WardElizabeth Ward, Washington Post Book World (Copyright 2006 Washington Post Book World Service/Washington Post Writers Group)
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Readers will delight in searching for giggling Emily and in the warm relationship between this irrepressible little girl and her loving, good-humored father in this picture book about a merry game of hide-and-seek. Full color.
About the Author
Norma Fox Mazer is the author of more than thirty books for children, including SILVER, BABYFACE, GIRLHEARTS, and AFTER THE RAIN, a Newbery Honor Book. She lives in Montpelier, Vermont, with her husband, novelist Harry Mazer.
Christine Davenier has illustrated or contributed illustrations to many books for children, including FULL MOON BARNYARD DANCE by Carole Lexa Schaefer and IN EVERY TINY GRAIN OF SAND, edited by Reeve Lindbergh. She lives in Paris.
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