The Whole World’s Crazy: Amelia Rules

Bibliographic Information: Gownley, J. (2006). The whole world’s crazy: Amelia rules!. New York: Atheneum Books.

Short annotation: This is the story of Amelia, who is going through some big life changes. A few of these changes are her parents separating, her finding out about poverty, and what it means to be a good friend.

The Genre: Graphic

Grade level: Second grade to Fourth grade

Readers who will like this book:  Readers who will like this book are students who enjoy reading graphic novels, parents who want their children to learn about what it means to be a good friend, and educators wanting to expose students to different forms of literature.

Personal response and rating: I would give this book a 4.5; I loved the topic and issues that this book talked about and the details in the images that supported this storyline. The only thing that I didn’t like about this book was that at times it was to tell what you should be read.

Question: What is a graphic novel?

Reading strategies connection: A great place to look for reading strategies is Literture- Based Reading Activities by Ruth Yopp and Hallie Yopp (2010). In this book there is a character map activity (Yopp R., & Yopp, H., 2010). This activity involves a teacher or students pick two characters that were found in the reading and comparing them (Yopp R., & Yopp, H., 2010). The characters can be compared on feelings, personality or on their relationship (Yopp R., & Yopp, H., 2010).  To do this activity the students will need paper and a writing utensil. The student should make two boxes, one for each character (Yopp R., & Yopp, H., 2010).  The two boxes should be a part, so that the students can draw arrows between the two boxes (Yopp R., & Yopp, H., 2010). The arrow should as a few words or a short phrase to tell how one of the characters feels about the other (Yopp R., & Yopp, H., 2010). This activity will help students to developed their sense of a character, this is important because students need to be able to have a sense of character to be able to connect to literature (Yopp, R. & Yopp, H., 2010) This would be a wonderful activity to do with the graphic novel Amelia Rules. This is because in the novel there are many different characters that have a wide range of personality and feelings. For example Amelia and Rhonda are friends that don’t always get a long, but there is a major event that brings them closer. This is just one example of why a character map would be great for the novel Amelia Rules.   

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