Reviews for Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon
Horn Book Guide Reviews 1994
Amber Brown is not a crayon color; she is a spunky, opinionated third grader devastated by the impending move of her best friend, Justin. The format of the short novel, alternately funny and poignant, is particularly well suited to the audience, with wide margins, large type, and plenty of Ross's line drawings. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Publishers Weekly Reviews 1994 February #3
With spunky Amber Brown, Danziger ( The Cat Ate My Gymsuit ; Everyone Else's Parents Said Yes ) adds to her oeuvre's sizable brood of magnetic young characters. This heroine's perky, first-person narrative (``I, Amber Brown, am one very excited third grader'') allows readers to make her acquaintance immediately--and effortlessly. They'll learn straight away that Amber's life is about to change, and she is not at all happy about it. Her best friend, Justin, is moving away. Since preschool, they have been ``a great team'': he helps her with fractions (``which I only half understand''); she eats the cream center out of Oreos and passes the cookie part to him (``We call it teamwork. Hannah Burton calls it `gross.' '') Though she tries to keep a stiff upper lip, Amber's emotions get the best of her when Justin, while packing, decides to throw out the chewing-gum ball they have accumulated. She resolves never to speak to him again, but the two make peace in an affecting scene that brings this brief but memorable novel to a close. Once again, Danziger demonstrates her ability to connect with her audience. One hopes she has more escapades planned for Amber. Ages 7-9. (Apr.) Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 1994 May
Gr 2-4-She may not be a crayon, but Amber Brown is certainly blue over the fact that her best friend, Justin Daniels, is moving away. What's making it even harder is that he won't talk to her about how he feels and she can only assume he's not as broken up about it as she is. Then, while cleaning his room for the move, Justin throws away the chewing-gum ball they've been building for a year and a half. It's the last straw and the pair are no longer speaking at all. Finally, Amber's mother helps her understand that Justin's reticence is his way of protecting himself against his sadness and anxiety over leaving, and Amber makes the move that reconciles the two pals. There's lots of fun along with the pathos here; third graders, true to form, call each other outrageous names and gross each other out good-naturedly, and their teacher, Mr. Cohen, is a paragon of creativity and understanding. Ross's black-and-white sketches throughout add humor and keep the pages turning swiftly. Danzinger reaches out to a younger audience in this funny, touching slice of third-grade life, told in the voice of a feisty, lovable heroine.-Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.