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Clementine, Sara Pennypacker ; pictures by Marla Frazee

Label
Clementine
Title
Clementine
Statement of responsibility
Sara Pennypacker ; pictures by Marla Frazee
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building
Member of
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award (Oregon), 2009.
  • Blue Hen Book Award (Delaware) for Chapter Books, 2009.
  • Great Lakes Great Books Award (Michigan), Grades 2-3, 2008.
  • Josette Frank Award, 2007.
  • Sequoyah Book Awards (Oklahoma), Children’s Books, 2009.
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award (Kansas) for Third-Fifth Grade, 2009.
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2007
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2006.
Review
  • As Clementine says, Spectacularful ideas are always sproinging up in my brain. All the better for readers who like to laugh. Reminiscent of both Ramona and Junie B. Jones, Clementine is an ingenuous third-grader with a talent for trouble and a good heart. Her best friend is her neighbor Margaret, a fourth-grader who experiences both qualities firsthand. After all, plenty of kids may have had their hair chopped off by a helpful friend in an effort to get the glue out, but how many of those friends would think to improve matters by drawing hair back on the scalp, forehead, and neck with a Flaming Sunset permanent marker? «It looked beautiful, like a giant tattoo of tangled worms,» Clementine observes in the fresh, funny, first-person narrative. Frazee's expressive ink drawings capture every nuance of the characters' emotions, from bemusement to anger to dejection. Sometimes touching and frequently amusing, this engaging chapter book is well suited to reading alone or reading aloud to a roomful of children. -- Carolyn Phelan (Reviewed 10-15-2006) (Booklist, vol 103, number 4, p55)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 2-4 –Clementine, a not-so-common third grader, knows her way around the principal’s office as well as she does the art-supply closet. Daily rituals take on a different view when seen from her eyes. She’s constantly being told that she needs to “pay attention,” but to her mind she is paying attention and making astute observations. Whether looking out the window during the Pledge of Allegiance at the janitor locked in an embrace with the lunch lady or dealing with a pesky pigeon problem at her apartment building, her concentration is always focused. Clementine goes to great lengths to be friends with fourth-grade neighbor, Margaret, but more times than not, both girls end up in trouble. Humorous scenarios tumble together, blending picturesque dialogue with a fresh perspective as only the unique Clementine can offer. When the protagonist pleads to skip school because of a self-inflicted haircut fiasco, she tries to convince her mom that she must have caught arthritis from old Mrs. Jacobi or has possibly come down with the “heartbreak of sore irises.” Frazee’s engaging pen-and-ink drawings capture the energy and fresh-faced expressions of the irrepressible heroine. And even though she confesses that “I do not think fathers should be comedians,” her parents are portrayed as being fairly cool. A delightful addition to any beginning chapter-book collection.–Cheryl Ashton, Amherst Public Library, OH --Cheryl Ashton (Reviewed October 1, 2006) (School Library Journal, vol 52, issue 10, p123)
  • /* Starred Review */ I have had not so good of a week," begins the irrepressible narrator of this winning caper. Pennypacker (Stuart's Cape ) then takes readers straight through that week, making clear that Clementine has an unfailing nose for trouble and a comical way with words. The eight-year-old proclaims herself lucky because "spectacularful ideas are always sproinging up in my brain." One of these ideas concerns her fourth-grade friend and neighbor Margaret getting glue in her hair, and Clementine's attempt to help; together they cut off nearly all of Margaret's long locks. Further strategies involve the use of permanent markers and Clementine undergoing a sympathy coif. Frazee's black-and-white illustrations of the close-cropped gals captures the mixed emotions of their shared fate. Her portraits of the heroine's three-year-old brother, "who didn't get stuck with a fruit name," and whom Clementine calls by various vegetable names, including "Spinach," "Lima Bean" and "Pea Pod," may remind readers of the charming star of Frazee's Walk On! Along with the humorous bits, Pennypacker seamlessly weaves into the narrative common third-grade themes, such as Clementine comparing Margaret's neatly dressed banker mother with her own overalls-clad artist mother, and envying Margaret her kitten from the litter of Clementine's own lately deceased cat, Polka Dottie. Luckily, Clementine ends her week on an up note. Fans of Judy Moody will welcome this portrait of another funny, independent third-grader. Ages 7-10. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed August 7, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 31, p59)
  • /* Starred Review */ Maybe it was because third-grader Clementine was a little bit angry with her best friend Margaret that things got out of hand with the scissors and the permanent markers and the hair. Or maybe she really was just trying to help. In short chapters, set in the city apartment building her father manages or the school where she has some tough days, Clementine relates the events of the trying week she discovered she was the difficult child in her family and thought she was about to be given away. Middle-grade readers will sympathize with Clementine's conflicted feelings about her friend and her family, and laugh out loud at her impulsive antics, narrated in a fresh first-person voice and illustrated with plenty of humor. Just like her family they will cheer when she comes up with a way to end The Great Pigeon War as well as the temporary rift with her friend. Energetic and imaginative, Clementine is gifted with understanding and patient parents. Give this to readers of Cleary and Blume and cross your fingers for more. (Fiction. 7-10) (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2006)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
149009
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1951-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pennypacker, Sara
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 7-10
  • 790L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 4
Reading level
4.5
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Frazee, Marla
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Clementine
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Friendship
  • Families
  • Apartment houses
  • Schools
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Clementine, Sara Pennypacker ; pictures by Marla Frazee
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Some issues published by Paw Prints
  • Reprint. Originally published: 2006
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
First Hyperion Paperbacks edition.
Extent
133, 10 pages
Isbn
9781435256880
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Clementine, Sara Pennypacker ; pictures by Marla Frazee
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Some issues published by Paw Prints
  • Reprint. Originally published: 2006
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
First Hyperion Paperbacks edition.
Extent
133, 10 pages
Isbn
9781435256880
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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