Seven Kisses in a Row (Charlotte Zolotow Books (Paperback))

by Patricia MacLachlan

Other authorsMaria Pia Marrella (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2002



Local notes

PB Mac


HarperCollins (2002), Edition: Reprint, 64 pages


Emma learns to accept "different strokes for different folks" when her aunt and uncle come to take care of her and her brother.


Original language


Physical description

56 p.; 5.25 inches





User reviews

LibraryThing member marciaskidslit
As Emma recounts many times in the story, “different strokes for different folks”. This idiom means: (a) Different people like or need different things, or (b) different things are done or liked by different people. Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Elliot have so many rules about everything. Emma isn’t used to rules. She has her way of doing things. At first Emma doesn’t like all the rules, but as she gets to know her Aunt and Uncle, she soon comes to realize that differences actually bring people together and that differences should be celebrated. This transitional book is written in simple vocabulary and short, uncomplicated sentences. There are seven chapters spanning a short time frame. The book is very conversational and the narrative flows smoothly. The black and white illustrations give the reader an image of what the characters look like and the actions they are doing. The characters in the story are realistic and young readers would easily identify with them.… (more)
LibraryThing member Whisper1
This is not one of the authors strong works, and it can't even compare with the others which are thoughtful and well written.

This is a story of a little girl whose parents went away to a conference, leaving her and her brother in the very capable hands of their Aunt and Uncle.

The Aunt and Uncle are non traditional and furthermore, don't dote on every word and action that the little girl does. She seems to be a brat who gets her way, until the relatives put boundaries on her.

Eventually, she grows to love them.

Not recommended.
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LibraryThing member BookMystique
It's not fair, Emma thinks, for her parents to go away (for five whole days) and leave her with an aunt and uncle she hardly knows. What if they don't like children? But Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Eliot like Emma and her brother, Zachary, just fine. They also like rules. Rules about: Eating. Sleeping. Cleaning up. Messing up. Emma doesn't believe in rules. Not unless they're hers: Eating no broccoli, dead or alive. Sleeping: No sleeping in a room where night rumbles hide. Cleaning up: Don't. Messing up: Do. Emma can see that Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Elliot have a lot to learn about being parents. But that's okay---because Emma has five whole days in which to teach them. From Amazon… (more)




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