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review 2019-01-11 22:43
Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson
Invisible Emmie - Terri Libenson,Terri Libenson

I loved this book.


I could see a lot of younger me and even some adult me in Emmie (being the shy, quiet type, among other things she went through.) Emmie is basically writing in her diary that we somehow stumbled upon. The book switches from shy Emmie's POV to popular "has everything" Katie's POV.

Emmie writes things as she sees them. In the little comic drawings, she points things out, like "this is the drama club, with the emo girl," or "the smelly kid." I don't think she's being mean. She does not intend anyone to read her "diary." She calls a girl "huge" which can be seen as fat shaming by some, but I don't see it that way. Fat, huge... those are descriptive words. She didn't call the girl "the disgusting fat girl," or something like that! She just said the "huge girl pushed her out of the way to get to the bathroom."

She points out the different types of people who get made fun of in school, one category happens to be someone with a disability, in this case, the kid had a "math disability," which I take for a learning disability. I don't think she's being cruel, but the sad fact is the type of people she mentioned do get made fun of more often than other people. She only mentions this to make a point that she belongs to none of the "make fun of" groups and she is invisible. Nobody sees her.

I belong to all the groups she is so-called shaming (Man school was tough!), and I did not feel offended or shamed at all, but that is just me.

The ending of this book can be taken two ways. Good. It was a great ending... but... some might say bittersweet, maybe sad.


Here'swhy, major spoilers!

Does she have multiple personality disorder or was Katie really only an alter ego/imaginary friend? Is the book that deep? I guess that is up to interpretation. The ending did make me cry a little when it all made more sense. I was thinking "Katie" was way too perfect; it's annoying!

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review 2018-07-16 00:28
Positively Izzy
Positively Izzy - Terri Libenson
I didn’t catch the twist on this one till I was about halfway through and then I ended up reading this graphic novel twice so I could truly appreciate it. Honestly, I wonder how many teens/children will really get the twist on this book. I enjoyed the “play” on this book but I think more hints could have been inserted in the novel to make it more enjoyable.
There are two stories taking place in this novel constructed of both graphic novel and narration. As you read the novel, there is a clear distinction between the two, on which story you are reading.
One story is about Izzy who lives with her sisters and her mom. Izzy loves drama but school work, not so much. When her mother discovers Izzy’s failure to keep up with her schoolwork, Izzy feels like her world is falling apart. I liked how this story came together in the end and Izzy’s family. The other story is about Bri, who is smart but doesn’t care about drama. Bri’s mother is the drama teacher at school. At the last minute, Bri is asked to fill in for someone, on stage. I enjoyed watching Bri deal with this new experience and I liked the conclusion.
The illustrations were bright and colorful and the text was easy to read. I liked that the author used two different styles, to write the two different stories within this graphic novel, so that it is easier to tell the stories apart. I think you need to read this novel a few times to fully appreciate it (once you understand the twist in the story). Again, I wished the author would have added more in the writing to help uncover the twist as I feel some individuals will not see it and that would be a shame. I would recommend to older elementary and middle school readers, so they can understand the twist or perhaps uncover the twist to other readers, if they don’t discover it after they read it (so they can fully appreciate the novel).


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review 2012-05-16 00:00
The Pajama Diaries: Deja To-Do!
The Pajama Diaries: Deja To-Do! - Terri Libenson I had a hard time reading The Pajama Diaries without bursting out with major giggles. It was so good that I read it in one sitting. For anyone who is a mom, working or stay at home, you will appreciate this book! While I enjoyed the entire book, I would have to say two of my favorites are "Contents of a Child's Lunch box: Morning vs Afternoon" and the one with the checklist for figuring out if a child is sick enough to stay home from school. I have that same checklist that I use often!

I can't imagine that any mom would be able to read these strips without finding something they can relate to as well. Several of the strips resemble my life so much it is scary. There are even some strips that the dads out there will be able to nod their heads at while they are reading. I haven't seen the author's comic strip in the paper, but I will be looking for it in the future. This would make a great birthday gift or even a just thinking of you gift for that special hardworking mom. If you are in need of a good laugh pick this one up!
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