Amelia Bedelia Means Business
by Herman Parish
pictures by Lynne Avril
New York : Greenwillow Books, c2013.
149 pages. Intermediate chapter book.
Believe it or not, the classic literal-minded housekeeper, Amelia Bedelia, was once a child! This younger version of the silly yet lovable lady has been seen in a few picture books and now she has her own chapter book series! The first in the series is about Amelia's desire for a shiny new bicycle. Her birthday and Christmas are far away so her parents offer to pay for half if she can earn the money for the other half. Of course this makes her work extra hard as she can't imagine what she would do with only half of a bicycle! Amelia Bedelia as a budding entrepreneur is not to be missed! She loses her first job when she learns waitressing is not "as easy as pie". Even the tried-and-true lemonade stand backfires for poor Amelia Bedelia. Her patient parents stick with her and learn how to re-phrase their words so she doesn't blunder all the time. No matter her age, Amelia Bedelia will always be an entertaining reading experience.