Thursday, May 1, 2014

Clementine, Sara Pennypacker, Marla Frazee (Ill.)



Sara Pennypacker, Marla Frazee (Ill.)

Category: Children’s

Synopsis: Clementine tells about her disastrous week…and her triumphs.

Date finished: 28 March 2014

Rating: *****

I’ve never read a book by accident before, but there’s a first time for everything, I guess. I started this book on my way to my desk after lunch one day and before I was done with work, I nearly had it finished. It was so much fun it almost read itself.

I’ve said before that my favorite characters in children’s books are spunky little girls who are sure they’ve got it all figured out. Girls like Olivia and Eloise. Well, let me add Clementine to the short list. What a hoot this kid is. She spends a lot of time “fixing” things and “helping” folks.

Likewise, she spends a lot of time in the principal’s office.

This is a fast-paced book that takes place over a week’s time. Her exploits are pretty entertaining. Her confidence and fear* fill her day in a 2:1 ratio. She finds her little brother, insert vegetable name of the day here, annoying because he’s so easy on her parents. And she learns why she “fixed” her friend Margaret’s hair—an answer that was buried beneath the surface.

This book charmed me. Completely.

*fear of pointy things and fear of being traded for an easier kid, especially

Would you recommend this to a friend?

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