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Amelia's Notebook by Marissa Moss
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Apr 17, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: graphic-novel
Read in April, 2012

** spoiler alert ** "Amelia's Notebook" by Marissa Moss is one of the best graphic novels I have ever read. It is extremely suitable for first and second graders. It is not an overly complex book, but displays a simplistic style that is extremely refreshing. Amelia is constantly trying to write a story, but often gets side tracked by the simplest of things. When she gets sidetracked she often draws what occupies her thoughts. For example she draws her teachers, classmates, fingers, as well as many other things. At the beginning of the book, Amelia was not sold on the notebook idea. However, by the end of the book, Amelia was asking for a second notebook for her 10th birthday.

The thing that is most captivating about the book, are the pictures, which is good seeing as this is a graphic novel. It reminds me of a comic book almost in the fact that there are almost as many pictures as words. Every page is done in bright and pretty colors. The pictures themselves seem to be drawn from a young child which really makes the book extremely believable. Another key point to the book is the fact that the font is handwritten instead of typed. This is not used in many books at all. Reading this book in a classroom setting may spur a child to make a notebook of their own.

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