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Book Title: Amelia's Boredom Survival Guide|
The author of the book: Marissa Moss
ISBN 13: 9781416909163
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 867 KB
Edition: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Date of issue: March 1st 2006
Read full description of the books Amelia's Boredom Survival Guide:Title: Dr. Amelia's Boredom Survival Guide
Author: Marissa Moss
Genre: How-to book
Theme(s): Journal, advice
"I didn't have to go to the doctor, Cleo
did (probably for an ingrown pimple -- yucch!),
but Mom dragged me along anyway, so here I
am, stuck in this waiting room, with nothing to do."
Brief Book Summary:
Amelia is left in a doctor's office waiting room as her mother and sister are taken back for routine check-ups. In her self-pitying stages of boredom, Amelia journals creative ways to combat boredom and explains them with pictures, notes, and anecdotes.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1:
Sheree Van Vreede
Moss brings another addition to her collection of Amelia's notebooks. This time, Amelia is providing us with 50 fail-proof tips on how to survive boredom, such as #1, "See if you can touch the tip of your nose with your tongue" and #7, "Think up comic book sound effects for real life," Not all of her ideas are silly, however, some are even educational, such as #25, "Think up all the figures of speech you can," and #38, "Think of great first sentences for a story." As before, text and pictures are woven together on lined paper with humorous quips in the margins. Not only is this a great children's book, but it also provides lots of creative ideas for young readers.
Professional Recommendation/Review #2:
School Library Journal
Amelia is back with another black-and-white marbleized notebook, this one filled with 51 things to do when bored. Making up jump-rope songs, listing good and gross foods, eye tricks, and creating certificates for family and friends are just a few of the activities suggested. Like the other "Amelia" titles (Tricycle), every lined, hand-written page is illustrated with full-color childlike drawings. The result is lots of humor, both visual and verbal, that will appeal to even the most reluctant of readers. But best of all, this young writer encourages others to create their own notebooks filled with suggestions for fighting the doldrums. Not a bad idea at all.
Response to Two Professional Reviews:
In concurrence with the above reviews, Marissa Moss's piece creatively orchestrates fun and easy tricks to cure boredom. Moreover, the informal language adds a humorous flair to the piece, as readers can explore the perspective of Amelia's character through her side-comments and amusing margin notes. Moreover, the attitude which Marissa Moss presents writing (through Amelia's voice) provides readers with fresh, exciting, and encouraging perspectives -- they will see writing to be an enjoyable experience rather than just an assignment.
Evaluation of Literary Elements:
The colorful format, real-life typography, and informal and conversational text proves this series to be enjoyable for all ages. Moreover, the journal-style of the piece allows readers to easily read the book at their own pace, leisurely making their way through the piece. Finally, because the piece is written in the perspective of a young girl, and the book is targeted for a young audience, readers could connect with the experiences portrayed through the text, proving further intrigue. However, because of the illustrations and book colors, I would assume girls to be drawn to this piece even though the plot, text, and characters would be appealing to all audiences.
Consideration of Instructional Application:
The journal-like format of this text provides students with an interesting example for how to incorporate informational and instructional text in an interesting writing format. Specifically, students could explore a variety of how-to books and identify the different writing styles that are common in such (teachers should emphasize that how-to books are something lists, instructions, or manuals; it is important to notice how instructional literature can be expressed in a variety of genres). Finally, students will transcribe a set of normal instructions or a manual from a build-it-yourself piece, toy, etc. into a story. For example, using directions for how to make a dinner recipe into a story about buying groceries; this experience will give students opportunity to explore the craft of embellishing textual details.
Read information about the authorWho is Marissa Moss anyway?
I’ve been making children’s books for a looooong time. I sent my first picture book to publishers when I was nine, but it wasn’t very good and they didn’t publish it. I didn’t try again until I was a grown-up and then it took five years of sending out stories, getting them rejected, revising them and sending them back over and over until I got my first book. Now I’ve published more than forty books and each new one is still hard in its own way. Each one takes a lot of revising because I never get things right the first time. That used to frustrate me. Now I expect it. And I don’t mind, because that gives me permission to make mistakes. It means I can take risks and try new things because I don’t have to be perfect - I can always make changes.
I had already published nearly a dozen books when I got the idea for Amelia’s Notebook. I was buying school supplies for my son when I saw one of the black-and-white composition books. It reminded me of the notebook I had when I was a kid, so I bought it (for myself, not my son) and I wrote and drew what I remembered from when I was nine. Amelia’s what came out. I didn’t plan on the book becoming a series, but the first one sold so well and Amelia had so much to say, I kept on going.
Now I’m playing with other notebook formats, like in the historical journals and Alien Eraser (where I get to play around with making comics, something I love). And I’m working on my first chapter book, a long story with no pictures. It’s also my first time writing a mystery, another challenge. I’m not sure I can do it, but it’ll be fun to try. Keep your eye on the new ideas page and you’ll see if I ever get the book finished or published.
If you want more official information, like where I was born or went to school, I’ll give you the basics here. I’m sure there are other websites with excruciating detail.
I was born in Pennsylvania, but my family moved to California when I was two, and I’ve been here ever since. I grew up in the southern part of the state and now live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I studied art at San Jose State but fought too much with my art teachers (I was very opinionated - I wanted to do my kind of art; they wanted me to do theirs). So I transferred to the University of California at Berkeley where I didn’t take a single English or Art class. Mostly I took history where I learned how to do research, tools that have helped me in making the historical journals and working on my Young Adult novel. Then I took classes at the California College of Arts and Crafts for a year since I didn’t want another degree and a year’s tuition was all I could afford. I just wanted some guidance on how to break into childrens books.
I waited tables while I sent out stories, waiting for some editor to fall in love with my work. There was no fall-back plan, no alternative career. I’d still be waiting tables if I weren’t lucky enough to have gotten that first book. And after that, the second one, and then the third and the fourth and the fifth. . . .
Each new book is still a challenge. It’s hard work and I love every minute of it.
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