Amelia Bedelia is a series of American children's books featuring the title character, a Literal-Minded housekeeper whose failure to understand basic English metaphors leads to much of the comedy of the series. The series was written by Peggy Parish until her death in 1988, and by her nephew Herman Parish beginning in 1995. The books have been illustrated by Wallace Tripp, Fritz Siebel, and Lynn Sweat, the current illustrator.More recently, the series has had a number of prequel books featuring the young Amelia Bedelia as a schoolgirl. These are written by Parish also, but illustrated by Lynne Avril.
Books in this series:
by Peggy Parish
Amelia Bedelia (1963)
Thank You, Amelia Bedelia (1964)
Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower (1966)
Come Back, Amelia Bedelia (1971)
Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia (1972)
Good Work, Amelia Bedelia (1976)
Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia (1977)
Amelia Bedelia Helps Out (1979)
Amelia Bedelia and the Baby (1981)
Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping (1985)
Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia (1986)
Amelia Bedelia's Family Album (1988)
by Herman Parish
Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia (1995)
Bravo, Amelia Bedelia! (1997)
Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor (1999)
Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia (2002)
Amelia Bedelia and the Christmas List (2003)
Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm (2003)
Happy Haunting, Amelia Bedelia (2004)
Amelia Bedelia Goes Back to School (2004)
Be My Valentine, Amelia Bedelia (2004)
Amelia Bedelia, Rocket Scientist? (2005)
Amelia Bedelia's Masterpiece (2007)
Amelia Bedelia Under Construction (2007)
Amelia Bedelia and the Cat (2008)
Go West, Amelia Bedelia! (2012)
Amelia Bedelia, Cub Reporter (2012)
Young Amelia Bedelia, by Herman Parish
Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School (2009)
Amelia Bedelia's First Valentine (2009)
Amelia Bedelia Makes a Friend (2011)
Amelia Bedelia's First Apple Pie (2012)
Amelia Bedelia's First Vote (2012)
Amelia Bedelia Sleeps Over (2012)
Amelia Bedelia Means Business (2013, chapter book)
Amelia Bedelia Shapes Up (August 2014, chapter book)
This book series contains examples of:
Are We There Yet?: In Amelia Bedelia Road Trip!, when Amelia tries to take charge of the planning of the trip she's told that this is the parents' job and it's the kid's job to ask "Are we there yet?" Later, when she does this, she is told yes, because the trip is an adventure road trip to nowhere in particular, so anywhere they go is there.
Continuity Nod: The second Young Amelia Bedelia chapter book, Amelia Bedelia Unleashed, is full of this, including friends Amelia Bedelia made in the first one and people that recognize her from TV or otherwise from seeing her throughout town.
Death Glare: Amelia Bedelia's mother is capable of one.
Early-Installment Weirdness: Readers accustomed to Lynn Sweat's character designs (seen in almost all of the books written since 1976) might find it jarring to read a book illustrated by one of his predecessors, especially if it shows Amelia Bedelia with no stockings and/or Mr. and Mrs. Rogers (her bosses) with gray hair instead of brown. The first book also portrays Mr. and Mrs. Rogers as a wealthy couple with a mansion, while later books inexplicably relocate them to the suburbs.
It Runs in the Family: Amelia Bedelia's Family Album reveals that Amelia Bedelia has plenty of relatives who also take things too literally. Some relatives seen in other books don't have this tendency, but she helps them adopt it.
In the first book, Amelia Bedelia spent the whole day screwing up her chores, but then she baked this insanely delicious lemon meringue pie, and that caused her employers to forgive her earlier mistakes. Yes, apparently her cooking is that good.
Amelia did lose her housekeeping job once, giving her opportunities to misunderstand several others, such as hairdresser, where she pins up a lady's hair with safety pins, but in the end she's welcomed back with open arms.