Pay Attention, Emily Brown!
by Linda Burton
ADDitude Magazine, Spring 2012
Author Linda Burton approaches the subject of inattention with grace,
humor, and love. Reading her rhyming text aloud to my attention-challenged
daughter, Natalie, was fun and comforting. The narrator's over-the-top
efforts to get Emily's attention (If I hung upside down by an arm and a
knee, do you think, Emmy Brown, you would listen to me?) had Natalie and
me smiling and laughing. Burton ends on a reassuring note, setting the
perfect tone for a nonthreatening discussion about paying attention.
Humorous, loving way to present Attention Deficit issues, Amazon, April 20, 2012
By K. Buchanan (Tennessee)
If your child has been diagnosed with any kind of attention deficit or
disorder, this book is for you!
Emily Brown's mother uses rhyming verses & humor to try to lovingly draw
her daughter's focus back to the "real world" by guessing where Emily's
imagination has taken her. The mother does not place blame on Emily for
her inability to focus, and she doesn't get angry. (She's doing better
than me, sadly. I am prone to frustration when her attention deficits are
in full effect. Therefore, this book also helps me remember that IT'S NOT
A great way to talk about attention deficits, and a great reference when
your child is having "one of those days". (Try quoting a line or two from
the book. It usually makes my daughter smile & helps her "shake it off"
and focus, if only for a moment or two.)
A delightful gem!, Amazon, November 2, 2011
By Janet O. Dittmer (Zionsville, IN United States)
As a mother of seven who loved reading to her children, I've spent several
decades searching for the best in children's books. Even though my
children are now grown, I continue to look for exceptional books to add to
my collection. DON'T MISS THIS GEM! It is a pure delight!
"Pay Attention, Emily Brown!" is a warm, affirming, and happy book for
both children and parents. For a child, "Pay Attention, Emily Brown!"
revels in the imagination, antics, and creativity of children. For a
parent, perhaps worn down by a challenging child, it is a humor-filled
acknowledgement of the lengths to which a parent sometimes has to go, just
to get a child to pay attention even a little. For both parent and child,
"Emily Brown" is a reminder that the love they share is what matters most,
as it concludes: "For whatever you don't or whatever you do, I love you so
much, you lovable you."
Carl Burton's illustrations bring the wonderful text to life. Text and
illustrations meld in such a way that make you unable to imagine the one
without the other. The illustrations are unique and unpredictable, with
clever or humorous details on every page. Bright colors, various vantage
points, text printed in different sizes and colors, and all sorts of page
layouts, capture the attention and keep you wondering what surprise might
be discovered when the next page is turned.
This book will delight and cheer children and parents alike. If you're
looking for a book that's a visual treat, capable of putting a smile on
your face and warmth in your heart, then look no further: "Pay Attention,
Emily Brown!" is all that and more.
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