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Publishers Weekly Review
Clement purposefully contrasts a bland text about Amanda's run-of-the-mill school day with large-scale drawings that reveal her schoolmate is an alien, her science teacher is a giant insect and her elderly neighbor is a Tyrannosaurus rex. In PW's words, "the deadpan visual gags are likely to earn strong laughs." Ages 3-8. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
School Library Journal Review
K-Gr 3A clever, creative, and funny picture book from Australia. A laconic text tells of frizzy-haired Amanda's ordinary day while hilarious illustrations belie every word. Her alarm at 6:30 a.m. is a stout Oriental potentate striking a huge gong; she is driven to school by "the oldest person on the block," an elderly dinosaur in a dress; her science teacher is a huge, bug-eyed insect; "lunch from the cafeteria" consists of a banquet table with a butler dispensing immense hamburgers; her mother's off-road vehicle is an elephant. There's more inventive fun on every bold, double-page spread. Amanda, her family, and her schoolmates are unfazed by all these marvels, maintaining deadpan facial expressions at all times. The brightly colored artwork cleverly combines expressive, slightly caricatured humans with crisply realistic backgrounds and creatures.Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Horn Book Review
A deadpan description of a schoolgirl's quite ordinary day is accompanied by extraordinary, farcical illustrations of her experiences. Amanda's science teacher is a giant insect, one classmate is an extraterrestrial, her family's off-road vehicle is an elephant with a howdah, her cat Fluffy is a lion. The large, clever, eye-filling illustrations don't quite make up for the one-joke story line. From HORN BOOK 1997, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Book Review
Tongue so firmly in cheek that it may take a surgical procedure to get it out, an Australian cartoonist puts wild spins on the events of young Amanda's ""typical"" day, as she rises to her alarm (a shiftless genie whaling on a gong), catches a ride to school with an elderly (in fact, a dinosaur) neighbor, listens to the tentacled, three-eyed new girl tell stories of her home ""in a land far far away,"" and, later that evening, cuddles up with a book and her huge ""cat,"" a lion named Fluffy. The text's casual, poker-faced tone contrasts deliciously with the array of monsters in cleverly skewed surroundings, all rendered with loving attention to detail. Inspired silliness. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.