In the tradition of Ramona, Junie B., Clementine and Judy Moody, comes Emma O’Fallon, better known as Emma Dilemma. Emma Dilemma and The New Nanny centers around Emma’s struggles to be more responsible.
When Emma is around mishaps abound. Most often they center on Marmaduke, her pet ferret. Marmaduke tends to escape from his cage (ok, Emma frequently forgets to put him there.) One night Emma’s mom finds Marmaduke in her mattress and threatens to return him to the pet store unless Emma shows more responsibility. Not only is Emma worried that this will happen she’s afraid her parents will not think she’s responsible enough to be on the Under Nine Traveling Soccer Team.
On top of all this, the family gets a new nanny, Annie O’Reilly. Emma and her brothers and sister take to Annie right away, but Emma is worried her mom will think Annie is not responsible enough to be their nanny. A burned passport, an adventure with a locked door and a near fall from a tree add to the mayhem. Things work out as Emma learns to be more responsible and her mom learns that no one, including parents, is perfect. With a reading level of 3.1 this is an enjoyable early chapter book and good read-aloud.
Other books in the series:
Emma Dilemma and The Two Nannies
Emma Dilemma and The Soccer Nanny
Emma Dilemma and The Camping Nanny
Emma Dilemma, the Nanny and the Secret Ferret
Mrs. Archer’s Rating: 5 of 5 stars!
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