Sheila Thinks We're WeirdAuthor Ruth Ann Smalley Illustrated by Jennifer Emery ISBN 9780884483267 Binding Trade Cloth Publisher Tilbury House Publishers Publication Date June 23, 2011 Size 229 x 254 mm
Sheila is either hanging over the back fence or hanging out with her neighbors. They're interesting, but they're weird. Why do they hang their laundry outside instead of using the dryer? Why are they riding their bikes to the library instead of just using the car? Why do they mow their lawn with a push mower when a gas mower is much faster? But Sheila discovers that their homemade soup sure tastes good, that she likes picking cherry tomatoes and strawberries in their garden, and it's pretty cozy to sit around the woodstove in the winter. Are Sheila's neighbors really weird, or do they have some good ideas going on?
Jennifer Emery has been illustrating for children for over a decade. Her work includes numerous children's books, including Christmas Gifts, Animal Alphabed, and Moving Day. She also illustrates regularly for the children's magazine Highlights for Children. Jen grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she still lives in a tiny apartment with her border collie, Butler.