Jennifer Jones Won’t Leave Me Alone
Reviewed: January 31, 2007
By: poem by Frieda Wishinsky / illustrations by Neal Layton
Publisher: Scholastic Books
32 pages, $6.99
With Valentine’s Day not all that far
away I suppose it would be appropriate to consider a love story of sorts.
This one is the rhythmic complaint
of an anonymous little boy who thinks he has just one big problem in his life
when the story begins.
Jennifer Jones won’t leave me alone.
She sits by my side. She shouts in
She tells me she loves me.
She calls me her Ôdear’.
What a predicament for a little boy
in primary school. Oh the teasing he takes from all his peers. Actually, they
both have to take it, but he’s the only one bothered by it.
He wishes her gone, and is overjoyed
when his wish is granted. but he soon finds himself missing everything about
her that once bothered him so much. Her postcards from her travels all over
Europe only make him feel more lonely.
So when he discovers that she is going
to back he decides she is worth the teasing and doesn’t try to hide the fact
that he is overjoyed.
Nice story. Clever rhyme. Amusing,
childlike illustrations in “pen, ink, pencil, paint and an Apple Macintosh