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Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon (Amber Brown #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  4,373 Ratings  ·  186 Reviews
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, 96 pages
Published September 7th 2006 by Puffin Books (first published April 13th 1994)
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Jul 31, 2008 Eliza rated it it was amazing
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.
Ambreen Bilgrami
May 12, 2012 Ambreen Bilgrami rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 24, 2015 Sweetdhee rated it really liked it
Shelves: punya, bahasa-inggris
Let me tell you something Amber...

People do leave
wether for their own will, or just because they have to.

and for so many reasons, we stil can not accept that.
we deny that.
no matter which shoes we stand for.
the one who leave, or the one who being left.

So, Amber Brown, who is not a crayon,
Cherish the moments with your loved ones.
Look to their eyes, smile a lot.
For you don't know when the time would come.

Be thankful for the friendship that you and justin had.
For some people, me as the nearest examp
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
May 21, 2015 Jena rated it really liked it
This book would be goood if you like easy books to read. Short but sweet pages and if you had a best friend that moved away and you really miss he or she, this book would be good to make you feel not so sad about your friends leaving. This book will make you smile about every good memory you have with you friend.
Oct 17, 2009 Stephanie rated it really liked it
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
Oct 08, 2011 Marta Boksenbaum rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
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
Nov 05, 2015 Katenita rated it liked it
i like the way amber and justin's friendship was.
Benie  M
Jul 23, 2015 Benie M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just for fun.
Tatum M
Nov 06, 2016 Tatum M rated it really liked it
This book Amber Brown is not a crayon is about a girl named Amber Brown and her best friend named Justin Daniels. Justin and Amber sit next to each other in every class. These to crazy kids help each other with fractions and spelling, and always stick up for each other. Soon Justin finds out he is moving to Alabama because his dad got a new job in Alabama. Amber and Justin soon get into a fight because Amber is very sad that Justin is moving to Alabama, and that they have already sold their hous ...more
Jan 17, 2017 Nicole rated it really liked it
I never knew that I would like this book, I really wanted to read a short story to enjoy and this was definitely the one that I was looking for.

Nunca supe que me gustaría este libro, quise leer una historia pequeña para divertirme y está definitivamente era la que buscaba.
Sarah Mae
I like Amber Brown
Nov 29, 2016 Bella rated it really liked it
This book was about Amber Brown and her best friend Justin Daniels and he was going to move away so they got in a really big fight. This book made me think about my own friends and if we get in fights.
Marissa Sansone
Title: Amber Brown is Not a Crayon
Author: Paula Danziger
Illustrator: Tony Ross
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Theme(s): Friendship, School, Emotions
Opening line/sentence:
In just ten minutes, our entire class is getting on a plane for our flight to China.
Brief Book Summary: Amber and her best friend, Justin, do everything together. Her world seems to fall apart when news breaks that Justin must move. Although they get into a fight, Amber and Justin become best friends again.
Professional Recommendation
Cheri Ragland
Apr 24, 2012 Cheri Ragland rated it it was amazing
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
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
Emily Scott
Mar 25, 2014 Emily Scott rated it really liked it
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
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
Eliza Thomas
Jan 26, 2014 Eliza Thomas rated it it was amazing
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
I think this is a great book how two friends stayed together through good and bad times while they were growing up. Amber Brown and Justin Daniels have been best friends since preschool. They always sit next to each other in school and helped each other with homework. They were so close that they even know what each other were thinking and they always stuck up for each other. Justin is moving and it was hard on Amber. Her parents got a divorce which was hard for her, but Justin was there to help ...more
Kelli McKenna
May 06, 2015 Kelli McKenna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: transitional
Amber Brown is Not a Crayon written by Paula Danziger was a fun book to read. What a liked most about it was that it was about two best friends, boy and girl, making it appealing to both genders. Amber Brown is Not a Crayon makes for a wonderful transitional book for children in that transitional phase because the book is a little bit lengthier, the vocabulary is slightly higher, the paragraphs on each page are longer, and lastly there are not as many pictures throughout the story. This book cou ...more
Jessica Lynch
Apr 13, 2012 Jessica Lynch rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eced-221
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
Aug 03, 2016 Maeve rated it really liked it
Shelves: eced-221
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
Monique Clem
Jan 31, 2013 Monique Clem rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 04, 2008 Amber rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 26, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
For the cute picture on the cover, and the title, I picked up this book at our library. Amber is a third grader who’s quite content being messy, in the room with teacher Mr. Cohen, and her best friend Justin. She tells the story of how Mr. Cohen takes them all on a trip to China, and it sounds like a lot of fun. They have passports and line up their chairs like on an airplane, then take off! That part is happy fun, but sadly, it isn’t the whole book. The rest deals with Justin finding out he’s m ...more
Edward Creter
Amber Brown is ten, kooky, and funny in a Robin Williams sort of way, in that she uses humor to shield herself from the pain of living every day life, and, like the late comic genius, it only works for so long. Her bestie, Justin, is moving out and her class is on a pretend "trip" to China, but, like they say in Star Trek films, "only" Nixon ever gets to visit China, and Amber wishes she could go too! But no, she has to stay with her devoted mom and make amends with her estranged friend Justin b ...more
Lisa Overberg
Sep 12, 2013 Lisa Overberg rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 18, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
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
Jean Ann
Oct 21, 2011 Jean Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: lssl-5360

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
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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
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