Wednesday, July 15, 2015

K10: Amelia Bedelia Road Trip by Herman Parish

The Kidliterati Ten is an interview series with young readers. We ask them about a favorite book and hope that you enjoy their answers.

Tell us a little about yourself: what is your first name, how old are you, and what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
My name is Claire. I’m 9 years old, and my favorite ice cream is chocolate.

What book did you read and why did you choose it?
I read AMELIA BEDELIA ROAD TRIP by Herman Parish. I chose it because I saw it at the book fair and read the back and thought it was fun.

Can you describe this book in one word?
Adventurous. If I could have another word, stupendous. If I had a third, silly.

What was your favorite part of this story?
When she caught the biggest fish in a contest.

If you had a problem similar to the main character's problem, what would you do?
If my boat ran out of gas, I would just swim back.

What would you say to your best friend to convince them to read this book?
This is one of the silliest books I've ever read. It's a fun book to read and I think you'd like it.

What do you think about the book's cover?
It's fun and tells you about the type of girl she is.

Would you want to read another book about these characters? Why or why not?
Yes, because it's fun to read. I would read this one again!

Can you name another book that reminds you of this one?

If you could ask the author one question about this book, what would it be?
Why did you write this book.

On the Amelia Bedelia website, Herman Parish answered this, in his own words:
"In true Amelia Bedelia fashion, I backed into writing about the literal-minded housekeeper.
Amelia Bedelia was created by my aunt, Peggy Parish. In 1988, as Amelia Bedelia celebrated her 25th anniversary, Peggy passed away. Years later, Peggy was still receiving fan mail from children who wondered when the next Amelia Bedelia book would be out. Other children’s book authors volunteered to continue the series, but I felt uneasy about Amelia Bedelia leaving our family. Since I had been in the fourth grade when she first appeared, I had literally grown up with her. So in 1993, I decided to try to write a new Amelia Bedelia adventure. My four sisters and my family were very supportive and encouraged me."
* * * Thank you, Claire, for sharing with us! * * *

With Amelia Bedelia, anything can happen!
Amelia Bedelia is hitting the road. Where is she going? It's a surprise! Amelia Bedelia and her mom and dad will try new things (like fishing), they'll eat a lot of pizza (yum), and Amelia Bedelia will meet a new friend—a friend she'll never, ever forget.

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