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Evie & Margie
Waber, Bernard.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [2003]

Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Best friends hippopotamuses, Evie and Marjie, are surprised to experience jealousy when they try out for the same part in the school play.
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"Walter Lorraine Books."
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 73482.
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Evie and Margie are best friends. They do everything together, they even dream together. They dream that one day they will both become famous actresses. So when auditions are held for the school play, they both decide to try out for the lead role of Cinderella. But starring in the school play is one thing they can't do together, and when Margie is given the role, Evie is left to cope with her frustration and jealousy alone.

Author Notes

Bernard Waber was born in 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and educated at the University of Pennsylvania. He also studied art at the Philadelphia College of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He wrote and illustrated numerous children's books including The House on East 88th Street, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, Lyle at Christmas, Ira Sleeps Over, and Ira Says Goodbye. He died on May 16, 2013.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. Best friends Evie and Margie dream about the day when they'll be famous actresses. They are ever so supportive of each other until their class puts on Cinderella, and Margie, who can cry real tears, gets the part. Evie, who is chosen as understudy and for the part of a tree, must struggle with jealousy. But after she gets her big break (Margie gets a cold), she musters the tears she needs--because of her roiling emotions about the play. The little animal girls (of the same nebulous species as Marc Brown's character Arthur and his family) run the gamut of real human emotions, and lessons about friendship and jealously are an important part of the story, which also manages to be very funny. The pen-and-watercolor pictures contribute some of the humor, though they are static in places, and more comic nuggets might have been mined. But it's great to find a satisfying, well-plotted picture book with a beginning, middle, and happy ending (Margie also gets to strut her stuff). This will give kids something to laugh and talk about. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Waber's (Courage) sprightly story introduces two amiable, inseparable young hippos who promise each other that they will always be best friends-even when they become famous actors. They get a chance to jump-start that dream when their class is tapped to present the school play-Cinderella-and both girls decide to try out for the title role. " `But deep down I'll want you to get it, said Margie. `And deep down I'll want you,' said Evie." Waber masters the dialogue of best-friend dynamics as the inevitable outcome unfolds. Margie gives Evie a lesson on crying crocodile tears (in preparation for the scene in which Cinderella must stay home from the ball), but Evie has trouble mastering the technique. Panel and spot illustrations vary the pacing and chronicle Evie's misfired attempts to prepare for her audition. Not surprisingly, the quick-to-cry Margie lands the part and Evie is assigned the role of her understudy and that of a tree in the forest that says "Whoosh!" Waber brings the drama to a tidy finale: when Margie is sick on the day of the play, Evie performs splendidly-and appropriately tearfully-and the production is such a success that the class performs an encore, with a recovered Margie starring. An entertaining and subtly edifying portrait of a robust friendship. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-"Evie and Margie-. did everything together." So begins the story of two hippos with dreams of stardom and of always being best friends. However, there is trouble in paradise when both decide to audition for the lead in Cinderella. "But deep down I'll want you to get it," they reassure one another, and they practice together. After Margie shares her secret to crying on cue (imagine sad events happening), Evie unsuccessfully tries to cry by thinking of things such as not getting her favorite kind of cupcake or her goldfish escaping its bowl. It is no surprise when Margie gets the role (with Evie cast as her understudy and as a tree that whooshes). In the end, the two learn what it means to be a star-and a best friend. The book gets to the heart of what is important to children, and the color illustrations are vintage Waber with great facial expressions and humorous, child-friendly images. Use this title with Lynn Reiser's Best Friends Think Alike (Greenwillow, 1997) and Arnold Lobel's "Frog and Toad" books (HarperCollins) for stellar storyhours on friendship.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.