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Amber Brown Is Not A Crayon (Amber Brown)

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Amber Brown and Justin Daniels are best friends. They've known each other for practically forever, sit next to each other in class, help each other with homework, and always stick up for each other. Justin never says things like, "Amber Brown is not a crayon." Amber never says, "Justin Time." They're a great team—until disaster strikes. Justin has to move away, and now the...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published September 7th 2006 by Puffin (first published April 13th 1994)
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Ambreen Bilgrami
The Amber Brown series, is the first book in the series and is a must for any growing girl. It is a great series for young girls and there is no doubt that whoever you are, and at whatever age you are there is something in Amber you can relate to. If it's her messy hair, her love of Bubble gum, her parent's divorce or the moving away of her best friend, there is something you can identify with.

The first book in the series, ‘Amber Brown is Not a Crayon’ sees amber deal with her best friend moving...more
Every Amber Brown book was my sanctuary as a child.
I've read every one, and I am proud to say she was my role model as a child. I wanted to wear a white shirt and black stockings every single day.
I was also considering changing my name to Violet Green.
When I went to the Salvation Army to look around, my mom and I saw these books. One of the books I got today was this book. The main reason I wanted this book was because I remember being in elementary school and my teachers reading these books. Also, it's because it has my name in the title! (added benefit! =] ). I sat here tonight and read this book, and it was a great book and it reminded me of when I moved from Alabama to Georgia in the 3rd grade. In the book, Amber Brown has to deal with he...more
Emily Scott
This book is about two kids named Amber Brown and Justin Daniels. They have been best friends since preschool. They always sit next to each other on class trips, they help each other with schoolwork and they know what the other is thinking. Amber thinks that Justin makes life more fun but she is very sad when she learns that Justin is moving. Amber had thought life was hard when her parents got divorced, but Justin’s moving feels even more horrible. It gets even worse when Amber and Justin don’t...more
Eliza Thomas
Realistic Fiction

This book is an excellent choice for upper elementary school students because it is written from the perspective of Amber Brown, a third grader who speaks her mind. Students will be able to relate to her experiences and feelings and make connections to their own lives. In this book, Amber's best friend Justin has to move away because of his dad's job. She and Justin are both heartbroken and don't want to leave each other, but neither of them will admit it. Throughout the book, A...more
This was my first Amber Brown book and I really, really liked it. The book has a way of being fun and silly, but it also has a really important message. It's a valuable message at any age - some adults still don't get this stuff!

Marta Boksenbaum
Absolutely LOVED this book as a child, it has not lost its charm. Amber is so loveable, quirky and messy and so real that you feel that you know her. I enjoyed rereading it immensely
This book is the story of Amber Brown. She is a third grader who is dealing with the issue of her best friend Justin Daniels moving away. Amber is a messy, awkward girl who is dealing with many things as a third grader. She gets picked on because of her brown hair and everyone teasing her by saying "Amber Brown is a crayon." This book is a cute story of friendship. This story is a realistic fiction and falls under the humorous and relationship subtypes of the genre. There is a clear setting and...more
Jessica Lynch
Amber Brown is not a Crayon is about a girl named Amber and her friend Justin which is moving to Arizona and leaving Amber behind in New Jersey. They are best friends that do everything together, but with Justin's moving day coming up, they aren't getting along. During Justin's last day at school, Amber and Justin talk about him leaving and become friends again.

In Amber Brown is not a Crayon, the characters resemble real people. An example of this is how Amber and Justin get in a fight and not t...more
Cheri Ragland
Amber Brown, Justin's best friend since preschool. Now in third grade, everything is going to change. It is not uncommon in Mr. Cohen's class to go on a "trip" to a faraway place. They have make-believe passports, chairs lined up as the airplane, a pilot and co-pilot, and of course peanuts. After their flight they go back to the classroom to do a scrap book about their trip to China, and make up post cards to send from China. They send a postcard to Justin's dad who is living in Alabama right no...more
This book is a light hearted first in a series of children's novels. It is a story of a girl named Amber Brown, who is in the third grade. Her life is perfect. She has the best teacher, the coolest adventures in class, and her best friend sits right next to her. There is nothing that can possibly ruin this year...except her best friend is moving away! Amber Brown is angry, upset, and secretly plotting to tell anyone who comes to look at buying the house that there are strange creatures in the to...more
Jul 24, 2009 Shel added it
Danziger, P. (1994). Amber Brown is Not a Crayon. New York: Puffin Books.


Third grader, Amber Brown has fun in class on a pretend trip to China with her best friend, Justin. But as Justin and his family prepare to move to another state, Amber begins to worry. Making matters worse, Justin refuses to talk about his approaching departure. She, Amber Brown is also dealing with the underlying tension of her parents’ recent divorce.

Amber’s voice feels authentic. Although her character is in t...more
Third-grader Amber Brown's best friend Justin has bad news: his family is moving. And all of sudden, Amber and Justin are fighting and likely never to speak to each other again. Is that any way for best friends to part? This sweet chapter book about losing old friends and making new ones is perfect for transitional readers.

The details of the class's imaginary trips around the world, the fun, cool teachers, and Amber's acceptance of her parents' divorce flesh this story out nicely.
Dec 04, 2008 Amber rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teachers
Shelves: childrens
This book has been dear to me since I was in kindergarten. I remember laughing at the story and liking it mostly because the character shared the same name as me. I remember enjoying following Amber Brown through her days at school and her adventures with her best friend. I would love to add this book to my collection (it is either packed away in a box or misplaced at my parents home). I think children can relate to this story because it mentions when friends have to move away (and if a child ha...more
Monique Clem
Amber Brown is not a crayon
By Paula Danziger
Age group: 8-11

This is a great story about a little girl that has a friend move away. Throughout the book Amber brown tells her story of her best friend and her mother. She is in a divorced home and she talks about that experience and how sad she is that her very best friend in moving to Alabama. I love this book because it tells it in a "girls" point of view. It was very much an inside to how girls think. I sat her almost in tears reading this book be...more
Lisa Overberg
Mr. Cohen's third-grade class is preparing to take an imaginary trip to Australia, but Amber Brown's best friend Justin is preparing to move with his family to Alabama. Amber is especially upset because they are a great team -- they help each other solve homework problems and always know what they other is thinking. She tries to choose a new best friend but realizes that one cannot simply be selected from a list. Amber and Justin find it difficult to discuss his upcoming move, so they stubbornly...more
Shinichi Kudo
Really worth reading once, even if your too grown up!

I know this is a book for kids, and not for teenagers like me, but still, I have beautiful memories attached with this book. I had first read it when I was in First Grade. I still have this book after 8 years and I really love it. It's filled with sweet and sour feelings. I first understood the true meaning of the word 'friendship' by reading this. It's funny at times and also too sad. Amber, a third grader and her best friend Daniel are the m...more
Amber Brown is Not a Crayon, written by Paula Danziger and illustrated by Tony Ross, fits the descriptions of a transitional reader, with illustrations every few pages and a large font. I think this would fall into the level two or three category on the Horning scale, as the sentences are longer, in the 8-10 word range most of the time, however there are few, if any compound sentences to complicate the text. The story deals with the common situation of childhood friends moving away, a situation...more
A girl named Amber Brown and her friend Justin are good friends. Some of the other kids call her a crayon. But shes not. Shes a girl. But then Justin has to move.
Jean Ann

Amber Brown is Not a Crayon by Paula Danziger tells the story of Amber Brown and her best friend Justin Daniels. Amber and Justin, friends since preschool, have fun together, help each other and share everything (even a giant chewing gum ball that has been years in the making). As the story progresses, the reader learns that Amber’s parents have divorced, and her Dad lives in France. Unfortunately, Amber is about to face another loss because Justin and his family are moving! Each friend handles...more
Another great chapter book for young readers. I love how a lot of these chapter books geared for girls usually gives the main character a male best friend. A nice balance for boy readers who might have a girl for a best friend!
So far Amber Brown is entertaining, has touched on some interesting situational issues (her parents are divorced and her best friend might have to move away) and how she thinks about and deals with it.

I also like her teacher a lot. He is doing a cool geography project with...more
I like Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon. Her friend Justin moved. Some kids called her a brown crayon. I liked the hole book.
Encontré este libro, lo leí cuando tenia unos 8 años.
Me trajo muchos recuerdos y aun me gusta.
Paula Danziger really had a unique style, whether writing for teens or younger children. The way she described her characters' feelings was like no one else. I did not realize until I read this book that Danziger passed away suddenly at age 49, which is a great loss for children's and young adult readers.

I think I like Danziger's style a little more in her previous books written for teens. This book was fine, but it didn't really hold my interest, and I couldn't get Ben to finish it either. Ther...more
Lauren Hon
I think it was an amazing book because it was different from my family and our family
Amber Brown is Not a Crayon by Paula Danzinger and Tony Ross is in the genre of realistic fiction. The book is recommended for kids in second grade or older. Amber and Justin are best friends since they were younger. The two kids do factions and spelling together and have each others backs. Justin is moving away, which causes issues in the friendship. Amber kids picked on by other kids calling her a crayon. Justinian also teased. The two work out their differences. I like this book because it al...more
I loved this book it's sad but it's how she is getting a stepdad
Amber the Human
I was told I had to read this book by a friend who kept telling me about it. She wanted me to read is so much that she wrote down the title on a a napkin (we were out bowling or something) and the next morning I pulled the note out of my pocket and was like "what on earth does this mean?". So now that I've been reading a ton of kids books (dunno why, just like to) I saw it and picked it up. I think it's a good kids book - funny, teaches empathy, it's real, but that's about it. Maybe I'll read th...more
Natalie Hill
Really enjoyed this as a young girl, loved the humour.
May 10, 2010 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a melancholy story that pretty much had us in tears at the end. Amber is having a tough year. Her parents were fighting, then they got a divorce, then her Dad moved to France, and now her best friend is moving away. It's a rough couple of weeks as she sees the Daniels family packs up and prepares to move. We've read several of the shorter books in this series and now we're moving on to the chapter books. I really like them and I think they capture the feelings and emotions of children at...more
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Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in New York, Paula Danziger knew since the second grade that she wanted to be a writer. Throughout her career, she wrote a collection of children's stories, including The Cat Ate my Gymsuit, The Divorce Express and, more recently, the Amber Brown series.
Danziger loved to travel and meet young kids all over the world. She was embraced by her audience for her abil...more
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