Amelia Rules

Title: Amelia Rules

Bibliographic information: Gownley, J. (2006). Amelia Rules. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Brief annotation: This book is a graphic novel composed of short stories about the adventurees of a young girl and her friends.

Genre: Graphic Novel, Realistic Fiction

Grade: 3rd -5th grade

Readers who will like this: Readers who enjoy reading comic books will definitely enjoy this book.

Rating: 3 – I really enjoyed this book and I think that this is a great format to have as option for students who may have trouble with all text. I did however feel that there was a lot going on throughout the pages of the story.

Questions: What would you do if you have to move to a completely different town or city?


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.   


The Whole World’s Crazy

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

Amelia’s parents just got divorced and she moved in with her mom’s sister. She meets a new group of friends and goes through life with them.

Genre: Realistic Fiction, Graphica

Grades: 4-7th

Audience: Parents, Teachers, Students

I would give this book a three. Though I found many moments in the book endearing, I did not really like the art all that much and felt that some insults made by the characters to be very rude and mean-spirited.

How many of you have read comic books before?


Amelia Rules!

Title: Amelia Rules

Bibliography: Gownley, J. (2006). Amelia rules: The whole world’s crazy. New York: Antheneum Books for Young Readers.

Short Annotation: This is a graphic novel about a young spunky girl named Amelia who is nine years old and is now living in a small town after her parents decided to get divorced. She’s dealing with being the new kid in school and everything that goes along with it.

Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Grade Level: 3-6

Readers who will like this book: Children who enjoy graphic novels, children who enjoy illustrations, children who like a story of a relatable situations.

Personal response and rating: This was a slower read for me. I think it is a good change of pace to have in the classroom though. Rating:3

Question: Has anyone had to move before? Was it hard leaving where you were?


Amelia Rules

Amelia Rules

Gownley, J. (2006). Amelia rules: The whole world’s crazy. New York, NY: Antheneum Books for Young Readers.

This is a graphic novel about the young adventurous, fun, and entertaining Amelia. Amelia and her mother has just moved in with her rockstar aunt Tanner, after the divorce of her parents. She tells four different stories about her new life with her new friends Pajama man, Rhonda, Reggie, and aunt tanner.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction


Readers who enjoy reading graphic novels; Readers who like fun stories they can relate to; Readers who enjoy adventurous stories.

rate:4; I really enjoyed this novel, the humor in it was great it kept me entertained throughout the whole story. I also enjoyed how realistic the situations that went on in the story were, very relatable for children.

Question: have you ever had to move away from all your friends and family?


Amelia Rules!

Gownley, J. (2006). Amelia rules: The whole world’s crazy. New York, NY: Antheneum Books for Young Readers.

Amelia, a fourth grade girl who has just relocated due to her parent’s split, endures the trials and tribulations of being a kid. Along with her friends Reggie, Pajamaman, and Rhonda, and of course her rock star of an aunt Tanner, Amelia deals with the changes she faces with their support and love (well, mostly!) Amelia is the perfect mix of a tomboy and a  typical preteen girl, and at the root of her troubles lies her longing for her father. When she finally has the chance to spend time with him on a group camping trip, she becomes resentful of the lack of alone time she gets with him. In the end, it is Amelia who realizes that she controls her own life, and what a realization it is!

Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Grade level: 4th-7th

Readers who would like this book: Children whose parents are going through a divorce, children who enjoy comic books, children who enjoy adventurous stories, children who enjoy humorous, relatable main characters.

Rating and response: 4; Amelia Rules! is a totally awesome story of kid-dom that definitely reminded me of the Peanuts! Gownley’s use of description and detail seem to really separate this book from some of the comics that I have read, and I became more and more convinced of the value of graphic novels as I read. Not only did this books challenge me as a reader, it challenged me as a thinker as well! I loved Gowley’s use of different fonts to convey meaning and give depth to the story, and I thought that his development of the characters was fantastic. I didn’t feel that any of the characters were predictable, and I especially loved Amelia and Rhonda’s “frenemy” relationship. I think that this graphic novel did a great job of addressing the emotions felt by children of Amelia’s age group, and loved that the humor and wit of the characters balanced this heaviness. I was drawn back a bit by the “racier” aspects included in the book, such as Tanner’s skimpy wardrobe, references to “dope” and drunkenness, and the sometimes profuse name calling between the children. However, I think that these references are valuable in making this novel true”realistic fiction”, even though they may reflect a reality that adults sometimes do not want to see. Overall, I thought this book was really fun.

Question: This book is about a girl, Amelia, who has moved to a new town due to her parents divorce. Amelia goes through a hard time in the book due to this divorce, but copes with this struggle in many ways. What are some hardships that you have gone through in your life? How did you deal with them?

Reading Strategy: Sketch-to-Stretch

Sketch-to-Stretch is a reading strategy in which students draw pictures or create diagrams about what a story means to them. Students learn to use symbols to represent their interpretations and feelings about text, which deepens their understanding of the theme, characters, and underlying elements of its story. Students work in groups during this instructional strategy for practice on collaborative and brainstorming skills.

Because Amelia Rules! is a graphic novel whose story is depicted mainly through dialogue and comic-like illustrations, Sketch-to-Stretch would provide the perfect opportunity for students to mimic the style of the book while pushing beyond its superficial qualities. Amelia Rules! explores complex themes such as depression, love, anger, and friendship, and it does so on many levels. However, I think that many students would overlook these themes due to the seemed simplicity of the book. Given the opportunity to collaborate with peers, I think that students reading this book would end up making a deep emotional connection to its story, and would therefore have a fantastic time engaging in a sketch-to-stretch.


Amelia Rules! The Whole World’s Crazy

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?

Reading Strategy:

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.