Monday, May 7, 2007

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker (illustrated by Marla Frazee)


I recommend this book for: grades 1-3

Hilarious! Imagine a slightly older Junie B. Jones, and you'll sort of get the idea, but Clementine is her own character. Her grammar is better than Junie's, but her attitude is worse, and her brilliant ideas are always getting her into trouble. In the book she makes several trips to the principal's office (watching for ceiling snakes while there), dyes her best friend's hair as well as her own interesting colors, helps her dad fight a pigeon war, loses her best friend, almost gets kicked out of her house (well, okay, not really, but she thinks so, and that's almost the same thing) and wins her friend back again. It's fantastic, and several pages had me laughing out loud to the point that I attracted unwanted attention in the staff lounge. Highly recommended!

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