Duncan Ball is the author of many books of children's fiction, including the multi-award-winning Selby and Emily Eyefinger series, various picture books, five novels, a book of plays and a collection of funny poetry, My Sister Has a Big Black Beard. Duncan lives in Sydney.
Gr 2-4-- This story has an intriguing concept: a little girl is born with an eye on her finger. Each chapter marks an episode of mild adventure with Emily using her ``eye finger'' to find missing objects, catch bank robbers, and even guide a boat crew through a thick fog. Unfortunately, Emily is a one-dimensional character. Readers never know how old she is or even where the story takes place. Although Ball professes to have written the book to illustrate that there are valuable qualities in all people, the tone of Emily's parents toward her is neither realistic nor understanding. Also, the humor is corny. Ball definitely has an original idea, but it never gets off the ground. --Cheryl Cufari, N.A. Walbran Elementary School, Oriskany, NY