Kid Konnection – Emily the Strange: Stranger and Stranger
In some ways thirteen year old Emily Strange is a typical teenager, but in other ways she’s just a little bit . . . well, different. She loves her cats, but she’s not so fond of other people. She’s nocturnal and prefers to dress in black. She loves art and music and skateboarding. She also loves science and many of her experiments have caused so much trouble she and her mother have had to move to another town more than once. Emily’s latest creation is a Duplicator and, with it, she has managed to duplicate herself. As it becomes more and more difficult to tell the real Emily from the duplicated Emily, you can just imagine the trouble that ensues.
Emily the Strange: Stranger and Stranger by Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner is illustrated by Rob Reger and Buzz Parker and I must say it is a gorgeous book! The actual cover of the book has great drawings on it and the dust jacket is just beautiful – it’s embossed and parts are glossy. The pages are heavyweight and glossy and include fabulous illustrations and doodles throughout.
A beautiful book doesn’t mean much if the story isn’t good, though, and I’m happy to say that I found Emily the Strange: Stranger and Stranger to be a lot of fun! It’s told in a sort of diary format that includes some conversations as well as lots of lists. The lists were really cute at first, but I did find them to be a little tedious after a while. Having said that, I read one list to Vance and we both got a chuckle out of it. Emily is a great character – she wants to be “bad,” but she can’t quite pull it off. She’s smart and curious and is just a little bit odd – just the way I like my characters!
When Emily managed to duplicate herself she thought it was going to be the best thing ever, but of course, she quickly found out that wasn’t so. It was fun watching the mess Emily and OtherMe found themselves in. There were points in the story when it wasn’t clear who was narrating – Emily or OtherMe – and that just added to the excitement of it. I did enjoy the book, even though I felt the middle dragged a little bit. Of course, that could be because I’m way past the target audience. This book is marketed as YA, but I think it will appeal to older middle grade and younger YA readers – I don’t think it’s creepy enough for the older YA audience. Here’s the trailer:
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