Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Herman Parish
Illustrator: Lynne Avril
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Young Amelia Bedelia and her parents are looking for a new house, but Amelia is frequently puzzled when her parents use words like "house-hunting" when the houses aren't even hiding! They come across a Tudor house, but Amelia already has a house with not only two doors, but three! They finally decided to attend an open house for a ranch house. But when there aren't lots of guests and a party waiting, like when her parents hose a holiday open house, Amelia is again confused. She eventually finds that the ranch doesn't even have horses! It's a day full of confusion and funny surprises with the Bedelia family as they look for the perfect new home.
This book is full of multiple meaning words and phrases, including some commonly used idioms that can be confusing to young children like they are to young Amelia Bedelia. By the end of the day, Mr. Bedelia is so hungry, he could eat a horse! Thankfully, there weren't any horses at the ranch they saw. This book would be best enjoyed by children if read by an adult. They might need to talk through some of the multiple-meaning phrases in this book. Readers might be familiar with some words, like "six hundred square feet," "mudroom," "full basement," and "so hungry I could eat a horse", or these might be new to them. Regardless, this is bound to be a favorite read as it makes children think and laugh! The illustrations make clear what Amelia is thinking and are colorful and engaging.