Books by Joyce Champion

Released: March 1, 1995

In the past, picture books have tended to foster male characters as the perpetrators of adventures. Thankfully, preschoolers have the further escapades of these two chums (whose friendship began in Emily and Alice, 1993), to dispel any notions that girls don't want to have fun. There are really three stories under one cover. In the first, Alice trades her funky pink heart- shaped sunglasses for Emily's little sister (it doesn't last long). Next comes the tale of Alice's goofy hat, which everyone ridicules. Then Emily gets an identical chapeau, bolstering Alice's self- confidence with a show of friendship. Finally, there's a scary slumber party episode, where the made-up horrors under the bed can only be dissipated by sleeping with the light on, in the same bed, with a couple of stuffed animals. The cheery illustrations show neighborhood scenes and snazzy outfits, perfectly reiterating the busy activities of these two loyal pals, in a trio of warm-hearted tales of friendship. (Picture Book. 4-7) Read full book review >
EMILY AND ALICE by Joyce Champion
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

The blossoming of a friendship, in three brief chapters to read aloud or alone. When Alice moves in next door, Emily invites her over for cookies—with some misgivings (``Maybe [she] doesn't want a friend with red ponytails and striped knee socks'') that are soon happily dispelled. On a sunny day, the two negotiate over playing in or out: Alice is caring for Baby Sam (a toy raccoon), who's ill; Emily declares herself a doctor and cures him, but they still have to sing him to sleep before Alice will go out. Later, they quarrel and make up. The dynamics are amusing and right on target; Stevenson's cheery illustrations of the smiling little girls, busily at play, are nicely accommodated on large, square pages. Appealingly upbeat. (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >