by Herman Parish, illustrated by Lynn Sweat
Ages 5 – 7, 63 pages
The Amelia Bedelia book series describes a housekeeper who takes everything too literal and gets herself into mix-ups. In this book, Amelia Bedelia volunteered at the library but not everything went according to plan. She misheard the librarian and thought all the children received a bookmark, but actually the librarian stated: “Here’s your book, Mark.” She helped children with book reports and created bookmarks, but she got herself in trouble when she stole the bookmobile. I thought this was a delightful read and excites children about using the library and reading books. Besides, who doesn’t want to be a bookworm?
“Excuse me,” said a girl. “I need some help, too. I am looking for a thesaurus.” “The Saurus?” said Amelia Bedelia. “What kind of dinosaur is that?” “I’m not sure,” said the girl. “Is a thesaurus a dinosaur? My teacher said I needed one to do my report.” “Gee,” said Amelia Bedelia, “you are way too late. Every Saurus died millions of years ago.” “What am I going to do now?” said the girl.
– Herman Parish (Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm)