Title: Amelia Rules! The Whole World’s Crazy
Bibliographic Information: Gownley, J. (2006). Amelia rules: The whole world’s crazy. New York, NY: Antheneum Books for Young Readers.
Annotation: This book is a graphic novel featuring the brave, outgoing, and entertaining Amelia. It has a collection of four short stories; Amelia’s newly divorced parents, her aunt, and her friends as they grow up.
Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Grade level: 2nd – 6th Grade
Readers who will like this book: Readers who enjoy graphic novels, have “non-traditional” families, and like reading books that push the limits will find themselves loving this book.
Personal response/rating: I rate this book a 5, because I think Amelia is a fun and entertaining character. The problems she goes through in this book are very realistic. This book also shows how smart and how aware young children are of the adult world.
Question I would ask before the reading: Have you ever had to move before and/or change schools? Was it an easy or a hard transition?
For this book I would use the Data Charts (Tompkins, p. 31) reading strategy. The students would create a chart on Amelia. On the chart they would have to include; the events and record how Amelia reacted and handled the situation, Amelia’s mood, and the settings. This reading strategy is appropriate for this book because it will help the students organize important information about who Amelia is and the changes she undergoes. This reading strategy contributes to the students’ understanding of Amelia and the world she lives in.