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The Resource Lizzie Logan wears purple sunglasses, Eileen Spinelli ; illustrated by Melanie Hope Greenberg

Lizzie Logan wears purple sunglasses, Eileen Spinelli ; illustrated by Melanie Hope Greenberg

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Lizzie Logan wears purple sunglasses
Title
Lizzie Logan wears purple sunglasses
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Eileen Spinelli ; illustrated by Melanie Hope Greenberg
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Language
eng
Summary
When her family moves to a new neighborhood, Heather meets ten-year-old Lizzie Logan, whose brash and bossy ways make Heather wonder if they can ever be friends
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Review
  • Books for Youth, Middle Readers: Gr. 2-4. With a mix of farce and gentleness, Spinelli tells a funny friendship story. Lizzie Logan, 10, acts so mean and bossy it's hard for eight-year-old Heather to be friends, especially when Lizzie scares Heather with stories about killer spider plants and insults her and leads her into all kinds of scrapes. The other kids warn Heather that Lizzie's weird and that she has a messed-up family. But Heather discovers that Lizzie isn't as tough as she pretends to be. For example, Lizzie says she smokes, but it's all pretend: she doesn't light the butts she collects. Some of the episodes go on too long, but the exaggerated cartoon drawings pick up the zaniness of the characters, and it all adds up to an affectionate view of the way kids bicker and bond and change. For part of the summer, Heather and Lizzie hang out: "Eating. Giggling. Talking. Arguing. Wearing our best-friend sunglasses. Even after dark." But then they fight again . . . and make up. ((Reviewed May 15, 1995)) -- Hazel Rochman
  • Gr 3-5--Heather isn't sure that she wants to be friends with Lizzie. On the one hand, Lizzie pretends to be a smoker; tells her that there is a man-eating spider plant in her house; and gets jealous when she wants to spend time with Sara, her friend from her old neighborhood. Then again, Lizzie has wonderful ideas, like fishing in a puddle and planning a Fourth of July parade. And when Heather needs her, she comes through, arranging a funeral for her pet cricket. Nicely paced, with large type and occasional black-and-white cartoon illustrations, this book will appeal to reluctant readers. Spinelli's sympathy for these girls lifts the characterization above the level that's usually found in easy chapter books. In describing her feelings for the father who deserted her, Lizzie says, "I imagine the truth. He's just some guy who doesn't care." Any child who has been friends with a Lizzie will understand and appreciate this story.--Connie Parker, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland, OH
  • Picture book author Spinelli (Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch) enters middle-grade fiction with a rather pedestrian chronicle of an on-again, off-again friendship. Just after her family moves to a new house, eight-year-old Heather is greeted by a 10-year-old neighbor, Lizzie Logan, who has a "sourball stare" and dialogue to match: "Is your name really Heather?... I hate that name." Shunned by the other girls on the block, Lizzie leads Heather into a series of weird escapades, from pretending to smoke cigarette butts to fishing in mud puddles. Lizzie's abrasive tongue and occasionally bad behavior set off a few silent feuds, but Heather, guided a little too overtly by her wise mother, comes to appreciate Lizzie's imagination and also finds some sympathy for Lizzie's family troubles. No surprises here, and not much subtlety, either. Ages 7-10. (June)
  • It's not always easy to be best friends, especially when the friend is two years older and has an eccentric imagination--that's the premise of this very funny book. Heather meets Lizzie, 10, on the day her family moves into a new house. Lizzie investigates the new family, bringing a store-bought pie and a warning to check it for mold. The next warning is about the spider plants that killed the old lady who used to live in their house. It's not a comfortable beginning, but it is a clear indication of an interesting summer ahead. Greenberg's sketchy b&w illustrations catch the upbeat tone of the book; there is an annoying discrepancy in the last picture, between art (girls in shorts, no sign of a hat) and text (one pulls glasses out of her skirt, the other is wearing a hat). This is not a realistic book, but Spinelli's first novel buoyantly addresses the "problem" of a great imagination in someone who is sensitive (though not necessarily to others' feelings). With its easy-to-read format and entertaining story, this looks like a hit. (Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 1995)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
099072
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Spinelli, Eileen
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.S7566
LC item number
Li 1995
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 5
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Greenberg, Melanie Hope
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Lizzie Logan
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Friendship
  • Moving, Household
  • Friendship
  • Moving, Household
  • Friendship
  • Moving, Household
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Lizzie Logan wears purple sunglasses, Eileen Spinelli ; illustrated by Melanie Hope Greenberg
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm28888918
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Special Edition
Extent
122 pages
Isbn
9780671746858
Lccn
93029104
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)28888918
Label
Lizzie Logan wears purple sunglasses, Eileen Spinelli ; illustrated by Melanie Hope Greenberg
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm28888918
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Special Edition
Extent
122 pages
Isbn
9780671746858
Lccn
93029104
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)28888918

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