Bulldog Library

Amelia Rules! The Whole World’s Crazy

on March 2, 2013

JF Gownley    •    AR Reading Level: 2.5    •    AR Points: 2.0    •    Quiz #125712


Amelia’s parents are divorced.  Two months ago, Amelia moved with her mother out of New York City into her aunt’s home in Pennsylvania.  It’s not too bad.  Amelia has already made a couple of friends, Reggie and Pajamaman, and one archenemy, Rhonda.  The only really bad part is that she misses her father.  She hardly ever gets to see him now.

Amelia is about to start her fourth grade school year at her new elementary school.  According to Reggie, all the teachers are crazy, but he’s got to be exaggerating … right? Wrong.  All the teachers (and even a few of the kids) are absolutely crazy, just as Reggie described them.

Amelia’s world is crazy … and very, very funny! This book has both humor and heart.  Throughout the story, Amelia and her friends go on one crazy adventure after another both as themselves, and as their superhero alter egos.  Each adventure has comical elements that will make you laugh out loud, but the overall story is deeply moving.  Spending time in Amelia’s world, readers will recognize elements of their own.

This story is presented in a graphic novel (comic book) format that is drawn in a style very reminiscent of the Peanuts’ cartoons.  Amelia, Reggie, Pajamaman, Rhonda and all the rest of the characters are highly emotive.  The artist has used the drawing, color, even the shape of the letters and word bubbles in a very effective way that brings the emotions of the characters to life for the reader.

Genre: Comedy  •  Interest Level: grades 3-5

ALA Core collection of graphic novels

Gownley, J. (2009).  Amelia Rules! : the whole world’s crazy. New York, NY : Atheneum.


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