LEO, ZACK, AND EMMIE by Amy Ehrlich


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Unforced, but also uneventful episodes, most notable for their non-sexist, anti-exclusionist viewpoint. Emmie, a new girl at school, becomes Zack's friend right off because she can run fast, wiggle her ears, and name all the dinosaurs. Leo, Zack's old friend, shows the other two up on Halloween when he turns up in a sensational, sparkling snowflake costume he's kept secret. In another episode Leo and Emmie are assigned to do a report on plants and Zack, feeling left out of their collaboration, sulks until they convince him that all three can be friends. Kellogg gives the doings some zest and, in line with the story's other virtues, the class some black faces. The book hasn't the resonance of the best of the genre, but it's a lot more attractive than such earnest messages as Wandro and Blank's My Daddy Is a Nurse or even Bauer and Parker's perkier My Mom Travels A Lot (both above).

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1982
Publisher: Dial