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Amy Is Famous
Contributor(s): Bottner, Barbara, Chen, Yuyi (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1250134900     ISBN-13: 9781250134905
Publisher: Imprint
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Binding Type: School And Library
Published: February 2019

Annotation: Amy dreams of being famous, but when new student Cecile becomes the star of the class, Amy is jealous until she spends some time outside of school with Cecile and discovers something more meaningful than being famous.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Jealousy; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Self-esteem & Self-reliance
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2019004579
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 10.00" W x 1.00" (1.00 lbs)
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Contributor Bio(s):

Barbara Bottner, a New York Times bestselling author, has written (and sometimes illustrated) over forty-plus titles for children, from wordless picture books to young adult novels. Her work has been translated, animated, and adopted into short musicals. Bootsie Barker Bites, Wallace’s Lists (with Gerald Kruglik), Miss Brooks Loves Books, Priscilla Gorilla, and Amy is Famous are some of her favorites. Barbara formerly worked in children’s television and CBS prime time comedy, and has published short stories and essays in national newspapers and magazines. She walks her dog Petey and hangs with her husband, Gerald, in Los Angeles.

Yuyi Chen loves spending most of her time drawing, painting, and reading. She can also be found daydreaming or playing with her two boys. They live in Washington, with her husband, where they are all famous to each other. She is the illustrator of the picture books Amy is Famous and Doris the Bookasaurus.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 October #5)

Bottner (Priscilla Gorilla) explores classroom dynamics through two fame-obsessed girls. Upon receiving teacherly stars for a poem and a drawing, Amy believes she must be famous, so she practices her autographs and wears all red to school ("Famous people wear red"). Her sense of self-importance is punctured by the arrival of a new girl, who launches to popularity when she shows up dressed first like Hermione Granger ("from the Harry Potter movie"), then as Hello Kitty, and finally in Amy's own beloved crimson. "There can't be two famous people in one tiny classroom!" declares Amy. Though her mother suggests that the new student is just trying to find her way, Amy grouses about her reversal of fortune until an unexpected playdate helps both kids discover that fame and itchy costumes aren't all they're cracked up to be. Illustrations by Chen (Doris the Bookasaurus) convey Amy's mixed emotions, but the story's focus on the superficial as the main means by which Amy and the new girl express themselves flattens the message. Ages 3–6. (Feb.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.
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