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When Suzanne, the new girl in Amelia Bedelia's class, arrives at school riding the most beautiful bicycle in the whole world, Amelia Bedelia decides she wants a new bike, too. But Amelia Bedelia's mom says that a bike like Suzanne's is so expensive it will cost an arm and a leg! What? Amelia Bedelia doesn't want to give away one of her arms and one of her legs. She'll need When Suzanne, the new girl in Amelia Bedelia's class, arrives at school riding the most beautiful bicycle in the whole world, Amelia Bedelia decides she wants a new bike, too. But Amelia Bedelia's mom says that a bike like Suzanne's is so expensive it will cost an arm and a leg! What? Amelia Bedelia doesn't want to give away one of her arms and one of her legs. She'll need both arms to steer her new bike, and both legs to pedal it. Amelia Bedelia decides to get a job, so that she can earn the bike money instead. She tries: 1. Helping out at Pete's Diner 2. Opening a lemonade stand 3. Entering a contest to win a prize 4. Baking treats and selling them Will Amelia Bedelia ever get the bike of her dreams?


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When Suzanne, the new girl in Amelia Bedelia's class, arrives at school riding the most beautiful bicycle in the whole world, Amelia Bedelia decides she wants a new bike, too. But Amelia Bedelia's mom says that a bike like Suzanne's is so expensive it will cost an arm and a leg! What? Amelia Bedelia doesn't want to give away one of her arms and one of her legs. She'll need When Suzanne, the new girl in Amelia Bedelia's class, arrives at school riding the most beautiful bicycle in the whole world, Amelia Bedelia decides she wants a new bike, too. But Amelia Bedelia's mom says that a bike like Suzanne's is so expensive it will cost an arm and a leg! What? Amelia Bedelia doesn't want to give away one of her arms and one of her legs. She'll need both arms to steer her new bike, and both legs to pedal it. Amelia Bedelia decides to get a job, so that she can earn the bike money instead. She tries: 1. Helping out at Pete's Diner 2. Opening a lemonade stand 3. Entering a contest to win a prize 4. Baking treats and selling them Will Amelia Bedelia ever get the bike of her dreams?

30 review for Amelia Bedelia Means Business

  1. 5 out of 5

    Janete

    My book + audio from youtube canal "Lights Down Reading". Amelia Bedelia is a very funny and hardworking girl. Synopsis: "Amelia Bedelia makes her chapter book debut! In Amelia Bedelia Means Business, a New York Times bestseller and the first book in the new chapter book series, young Amelia Bedelia will do almost anything for a shiny new bicycle. This chapter book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 5 to 7 who are ready to read independently. It’ My book + audio from youtube canal "Lights Down Reading". Amelia Bedelia is a very funny and hardworking girl. Synopsis: "Amelia Bedelia makes her chapter book debut! In Amelia Bedelia Means Business, a New York Times bestseller and the first book in the new chapter book series, young Amelia Bedelia will do almost anything for a shiny new bicycle. This chapter book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 5 to 7 who are ready to read independently. It’s a fun way to keep your child engaged and as a supplement for activity books for children. Amelia Bedelia's parents say they'll split the cost of a new bike with her, and that means Amelia Bedelia needs to put the pedal to the metal and earn some dough! With Amelia Bedelia, anything can happen, and it usually does. Short, fast-paced chapters, tons of friends, silly situations, and funny wordplay and misunderstandings make the Amelia Bedelia chapter books an ideal choice for readers of the Ivy and Bean, Magic Tree House, and Judy Moody books. Features black-and-white pictures by Lynne Avril on every page!"

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katie Fitzgerald

    Following the example of popular picture book and easy reader character Fancy Nancy, young Amelia Bedelia is now also the star of her own chapter book series. In the first installment of the series, Amelia Bedelia Means Business, the literal minded little girl finds herself in need of a new bike. Her parents, two very upbeat personalities who apparently don't know their kid very well, decide this will be a fun opportunity for their daughter to learn a little bit of business sense. They inform he Following the example of popular picture book and easy reader character Fancy Nancy, young Amelia Bedelia is now also the star of her own chapter book series. In the first installment of the series, Amelia Bedelia Means Business, the literal minded little girl finds herself in need of a new bike. Her parents, two very upbeat personalities who apparently don't know their kid very well, decide this will be a fun opportunity for their daughter to learn a little bit of business sense. They inform her that she can have the bike she wants when she earns half the cost. Undaunted, Amelia Bedelia heads out into her neighborhood hoping to find a job. Each time she is hired, though, she quickly loses her job because of her strange interpretations of the instructions she is given. Up until now, I have generally held the opinion that the newer Amelia Bedelia stories, where she is a mixed-up child instead of a blundering adult, make more sense and are easier for kids to relate to. This chapter book adds a caveat to this statement; the new Amelia Bedelia should stick to the original easy reader format that made her parent series a success. What works so well in a brief story for beginning readers - plays on words and outright silliness - loses its magic in a longer deeper tale. Amelia Bedelia has always been the butt of the joke in her stories, but in a way kids really enjoy. In this book, the reader is asked to take her seriously and to believe that her parents, classmates and neighbors also take her seriously. This is too much to ask of readers who remember the original Amelia Bedelia's “date cake” from Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia and the way she “called the roll” in Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia. Even kids who don't know the classic stories will pick up on a sense of flatness in this book. The schtick that defines the essence of Amelia Bedelia only works if we don't try getting inside her head. This earnest treatment of her character ruins the joke and makes the reader feel oddly guilty for laughing at a character who views the world in a different way. I think the audience most likely to enjoy this book are girls who are new to chapter books who haven’t necessarily developed an attachment to the old school Amelia Bedelia. When girls find Amelia Bedelia Means Business shelved beside the Nancy Clancy, Rainbow Magic, and Magic Tree House series, they will be drawn to the cartoonish cover as well as the universally understood desire for a brand-new bike. Six and seven year olds who don't mind heavily suspending their disbelief will laugh when Amelia makes cringe-worthy mistake after cringe-worthy mistake. For everyone else, though, it might be a better idea to look back fondly on those early days of reading Amelia Bedelia easy readers and look for some better written and more engaging chapter books. After all, we don't have Frog and Toad or Elephant and Piggie chapter books - and I hope we never do. Some characters just don’t translate well to a longer format, and based on this book, I believe Amelia Bedelia is one of those.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I have been ignoring the spin-off Amelia Bedelia books as I couldn't imagine them being as good as the original. But, the generally high ratings, and the fact that this one sounds perfectly suited to my seven-year-old's interests (bikes and starting a business) made me give it a try. It has a few good qualities. I appreciate that Amelia Bedelia is encouraged to work for the new bike she wants and her parents will pitch in half if she earns half (Which half of the bike should I earn? the front or I have been ignoring the spin-off Amelia Bedelia books as I couldn't imagine them being as good as the original. But, the generally high ratings, and the fact that this one sounds perfectly suited to my seven-year-old's interests (bikes and starting a business) made me give it a try. It has a few good qualities. I appreciate that Amelia Bedelia is encouraged to work for the new bike she wants and her parents will pitch in half if she earns half (Which half of the bike should I earn? the front or the back? asks Amelia Bedelia. These sorts of things are funny in the picture book. They get a little wearying in chapter book format). I like the idea of making new friends and not completely demonizing the popular classmate who has the shiny new bike Amelia Bedelia so covets. I like that Amelia Bedelia tries and tries again when at first she doesn't succeed.... that when life gives her lemons she makes... well, you'll see. However, I also have a major problem with all the havoc Amelia Bedelia causes and the lack of responsibility to make amends for it. This reviewer said it so well that I'm not going to bother articulating my own thoughts. They pretty much jive with hers: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Finally, I was bothered by the fact that Amelia Bedelia lies and completely gets away with it and, worse,shows no remorse. In one of the earlier chapters, she is riding around town by herself on her bike. If she is old enough to be trusted with that, shouldn't she be old enough to know not to pick flowers from the town park or to understand what "Keep Off the Grass" means? When a policeman tells her she cannot pick the flowers, she apologizes and says she was picking the bouquet for her mother (true). The policeman lets her off with a warning if she takes the flowers right home to her mother. She replies, "I promise I will." She then sits on a bench and meets a woman who just lost her job. Amelia Bedelia says she wishes she could give the woman the flowers to cheer her up "But I just promised to take them home to my mom." A short while later, a man in the park asks if he can buy her bouquet for $10. Amelia Bedelia says, "No, they're for my mom. I promised." How about $20? the man asks. "Here you go!" says Amelia Bedelia cheerfully. When the policeman stops the man a few moments later and says the flowers look suspiciously like the ones from the park, the man says says he just bought them from a girl. And Amelia Bedelia starts running before the policeman can see her. And..... that's it and the story just moves on. So, she is willing to break her promise, if the price is right? She wasn't willing to break her promise to to cheer up a woman who lost her job (which is still breaking a promise albeit maybe for a "good cause") but she was willing to break her promise if it benefited her financially. What kind of message is all this sending to children? Fortunately, this was a read-aloud and provided a springboard for discussion with my son.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Candychaser21

    I'm not sure if this is a different Amelia from the old books, or if it's the same one as a child instead of adult? Anyway! Still very cute, and a quick fun read. She still takes everything literally, and that gets her into some funny !if ups. But she means well, and is a very loveable little girl. I plan to read the whole series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Tyree

    Alayna and I are really pleased with this young imagining of Amelia Bedelia. She still has the quintessential feeling of Amelia, but now we see her as an elemtary student that kids can identify with even more than her original, grown up self.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laura Rae

    Cute story! My daughter didn't really get in to the book very much.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Natalie [genreneutralreader]

    As always with these early chapter books, I rate on what my daughter thinks of the book. My daughter relates to Amelia Bedelia and so she loved reading a story where Amelia overcomes her shortcomings.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christian Fiction Addiction

    When I saw that a chapter book was being released featuring a younger version of Amelia Bedelia, the literal-minded housekeeper that I was introduced to way back when I was a child, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. Although I primarily got the book for my own children, I must admit that I first read through "Amelia Bedelia Means Business" to see how this younger Amelia would measure up - and I can say that I am absolutely sold on this adorable Amelia! I laughed my way through this book, c When I saw that a chapter book was being released featuring a younger version of Amelia Bedelia, the literal-minded housekeeper that I was introduced to way back when I was a child, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. Although I primarily got the book for my own children, I must admit that I first read through "Amelia Bedelia Means Business" to see how this younger Amelia would measure up - and I can say that I am absolutely sold on this adorable Amelia! I laughed my way through this book, chuckling at Amelia's misunderstandings and mishaps as she tried her hand at various jobs attempting to earn money. Only Amelia can get into trouble the way she does! This book is chock full of vivid imagination, and the scenes simply spring to life. And I will even go out on a limb here and admit that at the end of the book, I had a tear in my eye. I'm not even entirely sure why, but it's probably because I have a daughter of the same age and I imagined how powerful a moment that the ending would be for my own daughter. I won't say more as I don't want to give it away. However, there is much to celebrate in this book - the importance of hard work and of not giving up, the blessing of friendship, and the wonderful and open relationship that Amelia has with her parents. If you are looking for a fun, clean, and enjoyable read for your children, then Amelia Bedelia is just what you have been looking for. Make sure you pick up a copy of this book - your little ones will be glad you did, and you'll probably be just as entertained as they are! I highly recommend this book and award it 5 out of 5 stars. Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, HarperCollins Canada, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Muffin Pam

    who doesn't love Amelia Bedelia? Possibly the unfortunates that become victims of her literal interpretations of things. Amelia B. takes on some activities in an effort to make a quick buck and buy a bike so she can hot dog in front of her snotty friend Suzanne. She starts as a terrible waitress, working in a cafe that obviously laughs at child labor laws and - surprise, surprise, her waitressing is pretty terrible. That's okay - they give her five whole dollars and send her out the door. Then s who doesn't love Amelia Bedelia? Possibly the unfortunates that become victims of her literal interpretations of things. Amelia B. takes on some activities in an effort to make a quick buck and buy a bike so she can hot dog in front of her snotty friend Suzanne. She starts as a terrible waitress, working in a cafe that obviously laughs at child labor laws and - surprise, surprise, her waitressing is pretty terrible. That's okay - they give her five whole dollars and send her out the door. Then she tries to upstage a used car salesman by selling lemonade on his car lot without his permission. Her equally clueless parents call the media because it appears a lemonade stand is breaking news in this boring town. Ms Bedelia then makes some lemon tarts that double as dog treats and sells them to the diner where she had been a waitress for five seconds. Clearly she did not tell the owner that the lemon tarts are dog treats. Not asking what the ingredients are or if they are safe for human consumption, the diner purchases the tarts to serve to customers. Finally, Amelia enters a bike parade to try and win a free bike and advertise her tarts at the same time by dressing like a lemon. Chaos ensues when the dogs figure out she has some lemon dog treats on board and bikes are broken, floats trampled, and the dogs poop everywhere (it doesn't actually say this but I assume it happened.). Oddly, the town rewards Amelia for her wave of destruction by giving her the free bike and she finally gets to show up that brat Suzanne at the end -

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dorine White

    The Story- I'm taking a look at book 1 in the new series- Amelia Bedelia Means Business. The author is Herman Parish, the nephew of the original Amelia Bedelia creator, Peggy Parish. The story revolves around Amelia's quest to earn money for a shiny new bike. She tries all sorts of things, from waitressing to having a lemonade stand to earn the money, often with disastrous results. My Thoughts- In my opinion, this new spin off series is decent for kids that aren't familiar with the original picture The Story- I'm taking a look at book 1 in the new series- Amelia Bedelia Means Business. The author is Herman Parish, the nephew of the original Amelia Bedelia creator, Peggy Parish. The story revolves around Amelia's quest to earn money for a shiny new bike. She tries all sorts of things, from waitressing to having a lemonade stand to earn the money, often with disastrous results. My Thoughts- In my opinion, this new spin off series is decent for kids that aren't familiar with the original picture books. There is a lot of story added to make it a chapter book, with the occasional word mishaps. The reading is easy and the story line is funny. While the original books focused mainly on Amelia and her mishaps, the chapters books bring in several side characters including her parents, fellow students and town folk. I believe kids in 2nd grade and up will enjoy Amelia's zany antics. But, I do have to say that the original Amelia Bedelia books have a magic that these don't quite get.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Herman Parish, nephew of Peggy Parish (who created Amelia Bedelia), has taken over the reins of modernizing Amelia Bedelia into new chapter book format adventures. It was delightful to visit the still very literal young lady as she tries out jobs to help her pay for a new bicycle. This book is hilarious and completely ready to charm another generation of readers.

  12. 4 out of 5

    christa

    Amelia Bedelia's antics are sometimes funny, but her misunderstanding of idioms is super exhausting. I know that's her schtick, but ugh. Plus, these books haven't really stood the test of time.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erica Alyson

    Another nightly read with my 4 year old daughter and we loved it!

  14. 4 out of 5

    silene

    A funny, quick read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Katja Yekaterina

    Charming children's book completely with AB's total lack of understanding of figurative language and a happy ending.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hope

    This is a really cute story. I remember reading Amelia Bedelia books as a child. I loved them. I like how literal Amelia is. Her misinterpretations of common phrases we, the adults, use, makes for a fun story. A clean, sweet read for young'uns and not-so-young'uns alike.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    Great series for good laughs and word play. Love the idioms! Perfect books for ESL, too. This is a series that I remember from my childhood. It warmed my heart to reread.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Izzy J

    my favorite charocter was the main charocter of corse, Amelia Bedila and she's my favorite because she's funny kind and takes every thing siriosly.what surprised me the most was that...the guy at the car selling place told Amelia to stop selling lemons at his place.I would not change the ending because wild Bill and Suzane became friends,.... well,it was just a great ending.the end.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    My thoughts on Amelia Bedelia (which I am definitely over-thinking): 1) I was extremely interested in getting to know the people, i.e. parents, who let Amelia Bedelia turn into a grown woman without a solid grasp on figurative language. Amelia's parents appear to have no concept of how bad the problem is and often continue conversations without explaining the element that Amelia misunderstood--I realize that would kill the joke, but I'm a bit worried about my favorite fictional character and her My thoughts on Amelia Bedelia (which I am definitely over-thinking): 1) I was extremely interested in getting to know the people, i.e. parents, who let Amelia Bedelia turn into a grown woman without a solid grasp on figurative language. Amelia's parents appear to have no concept of how bad the problem is and often continue conversations without explaining the element that Amelia misunderstood--I realize that would kill the joke, but I'm a bit worried about my favorite fictional character and her future academic career. Did she ever make it into college??? 2) Minorly concerned about Amelia and her ill-fated run as a waitress... Isn't legal hiring age 15 at the lowest? Child labor laws? (I know, over-thinking it. But, if real-life kids are trying to earn money for real-life bikes, this option is prolly not gonna fly for them.) 3) I thought the book could benefit from a sort of misunderstands glossary. It would help refresh the ideas in kid's heads and also make sure that they're in on the joke. There was one misunderstanding that took me about 5 minutes to figure out, and, even then, I had to turn to google to make sure I was interpreting it right. :/ 4) Other rants aside, I'm super pumped about seeing Amelia at this age, because I love characters who grow as kids grow, like Fancy Nancy-->Nancy Clancy and so on.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Chind

    Definitely gotta love Amelia Bedelia and her way with words and literalism. Now to be able to have her in early chapter books is just fabulous. What could be better for early readers to really push their vocabulary in learning how things mean more than just one concept. Amelia Bedelia Means Business is the first chapter book for Amelia Bedelia soon to be followed by Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book #2: Amelia Bedelia Unleashed. It's tons of fun! Reading out loud or alone, it is sure to promote giggle Definitely gotta love Amelia Bedelia and her way with words and literalism. Now to be able to have her in early chapter books is just fabulous. What could be better for early readers to really push their vocabulary in learning how things mean more than just one concept. Amelia Bedelia Means Business is the first chapter book for Amelia Bedelia soon to be followed by Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book #2: Amelia Bedelia Unleashed. It's tons of fun! Reading out loud or alone, it is sure to promote giggles and grins. It's educational for words, but it is also good in influencing children to earn something for themselves as well as making friends. I'm delighted with this first jump for Amelia Bedelia and I am sure that this is a great start to her novel anniversary! *Thanks to HarperCollins for providing an ARC for review. I enjoyed the writing in the advanced copy and the sample artwork was cute. I really look forward to seeing the final product as I'm sure it will be adorable and fun!* posted: http://creativemadnessmama.com/blog/2...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alison Guo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Amelia wants to earn more money because her bike is bad and there is a new kid in the school and she has a very cool bike. So then Amelia wants to buy that bike. There was a parade but to enter the parade you need a bike and then she has a very rusty bike. Then you will have to decorate it. So whoever has the best bike gets a new bike.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Simone

    OK I was expecting to like this because so many students have read them in my classroom and I never had. I did not like her getting up on the counter to step on the pie. It was not funny and it was bad behavior and she never said why she did it. I guess that bothers me, as a teacher...I also don't really like the smart aleck kind of talking back that is "cute". This is very popular right now and it's so Pippi Longstocking like and I just don't think kids need to read this. I'm giving my books aw OK I was expecting to like this because so many students have read them in my classroom and I never had. I did not like her getting up on the counter to step on the pie. It was not funny and it was bad behavior and she never said why she did it. I guess that bothers me, as a teacher...I also don't really like the smart aleck kind of talking back that is "cute". This is very popular right now and it's so Pippi Longstocking like and I just don't think kids need to read this. I'm giving my books away. I also don't like the picking of the flowers and then the selling of the flowers, after she told the policeman she was giving them to mom.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Robinson

    Amelia Bedelia Means Business is included on my favorites shelf because I did read Amelia Bedelia books, but they were very different from this short chapter book. This book is a fun fiction book about how young Amelia Bedelia takes on a variety of odd jobs to earn money to buy a new bike. This book is a great choice for elementary-aged readers and is a great entry point to chapter books. In a reading class, this book would be an excellent choice to learn about dialogue. There is quite a lot of d Amelia Bedelia Means Business is included on my favorites shelf because I did read Amelia Bedelia books, but they were very different from this short chapter book. This book is a fun fiction book about how young Amelia Bedelia takes on a variety of odd jobs to earn money to buy a new bike. This book is a great choice for elementary-aged readers and is a great entry point to chapter books. In a reading class, this book would be an excellent choice to learn about dialogue. There is quite a lot of dialogue in this story and it lends itself to teaching students about fluency as well as emoting while reading aloud.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I bought The Kid some Amelia Bedelia books because I loved Amelia growing up and the new covers looked really exciting. Um, there aren't just new covers...she got a whole new revamp. Gone is the maid is literally 'separates the eggs'. Hello to Amelia as a child, yes, a child...who is just as silly as her maid counterpart...only now she's young and hip and reminds me of Heidi Heckelbeck and the girls from the Babysitters Club. Ugh. The story is cute and end part that explains all the euphemisms and id I bought The Kid some Amelia Bedelia books because I loved Amelia growing up and the new covers looked really exciting. Um, there aren't just new covers...she got a whole new revamp. Gone is the maid is literally 'separates the eggs'. Hello to Amelia as a child, yes, a child...who is just as silly as her maid counterpart...only now she's young and hip and reminds me of Heidi Heckelbeck and the girls from the Babysitters Club. Ugh. The story is cute and end part that explains all the euphemisms and idioms is GREAT, but I really miss that silly old maid.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Leona

    At our 4th of July party this year, a was relating some memories from childhood that evidenced my "literal" nature. My friend told me about "Amelia Bedelia" who was a literal person as well and shared how much she enjoyed these books. I had never heard of them and got one from the library. Amelia is adorable and, although I can't say I was that literal, the book and illustrations were fun.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ginny Daniels

    Love this new spin on Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish's nephew, Herman! Fun story about how Amelia has to raise money to pay for her half of a new bike. She has many misadventures, of course! This new Amelia is much more relatable for young children.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Morris

    Amelia Bedelia and her entertaining adventures are amusing for sure. This time she takes us on her employment escapades from waitressing at the diner to a run in with the cop and Will Bill requesting she not operate a lemonade stand near his car lot.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Molly Ritterbeck

    What I liked about this book was that Amelia Bedelia did things her own way and when someone said something like ''Its on the house'' she would be trying to figure out the meaning of what that person just said.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This book was so fun. I loved its innocence. I appreciated the absence of a bratty female lead that many books for this age group have. Amelia was sweet, hardworking and courageous. I loved the humor. A wonderful book. My 5 year old daughter throughly enjoyed it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emily Somers

    The kids gave this book 5 stars because “she got a new bike and was the star of the parade!” But it’s my account and although I liked it, the originals were better...compromise at 4 stars!

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