Friday, March 17, 2017

Oh, Clementine!

“Someone should tell you not to answer the phone in the principal's office, if that's a rule. ~Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

Clementine is in third grade and she is not having such a good week. She tries to help her neighbor, Margaret, when she gets glue in her hair, and the next thing she knows she is in the principal's office. Clementine admits that Margaret’s haircut looks a little different, but she sees it as a beautiful dandelion hairdo. She even has an idea to make it look even better! While the principal is talking to Margaret’s mom, Clementine helps her out by answering a few phone calls. It’s the least she can do. Back in their apartment building the two friends try to make the situation better, but take things a bit too far. Margaret’s mom is very unhappy. Will Clementine ever be allowed to play with Margaret again? What will happen when she “borrows” her mom’s fancy markers? Will the painters on the fifth floor ever want her help painting on stilts? You will have to find out how the rest of Clementine’s week turns out! You’ll laugh as you turn the pages as you get to know these memorable characters.  

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker is a hilarious book that will make you want to know Clementine. Not only does she have a unique way of looking at things, but her funny antics will crack you up. Clementine is genuine and says what she thinks. She can’t seem to understand why she ends up in trouble or in predicaments. Clementine is simply curious and tries to help others, but often with an unexpected outcome. I could easily relate to Clementine and her friendship with Margaret, because often we are friends with people who are a little different, but we also have things in common. The style reminds me of Junie B. Jones, only Clementine isn’t as fresh. If you have not read this story, I recommend it for a day when you need a laugh or two. By the end of the story you will be smiling! I know there are a whole series of books about Clementine and I can only imagine the trouble she gets into in the future! 

Has anyone else read Clementine? Or have you read another book by Sara Pennypacker? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Reading!
~L

42 comments:

  1. It sounds delightful. Fresh, quirky and fun.

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  2. It sounds like so much fun, thank you for telling us about.

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    1. Barbara- Clementine is a character kids everywhere will enjoy. :) ~L

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  3. Precocious, smart, and into everything. I can only imagine that dandelion haircut. Now I know why we never had kids.

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    1. Alex- Correcting a dandelion haircut isn't easy! :) ~L

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  4. Clementine is such a fun character. I have to catch up on the rest of Sara's books. She's had some great titles lately!

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    1. Marcia- Clementine is a ton of fun and Sara does have a lot of books! :) ~L

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  5. Sounds like a cute book and character. The last name Pennypacker does sound familiar. Maybe we have read one of her books before.

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    1. Tamara- I bet you have read one of her books- she has written a ton of books. Pax is one of her latest releases. She also wrote Flat Stanley (or at least some of them- not sure if she did them all). Clementine is lots of fun. :) ~L

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  6. I love Clementine, she is so adorable. I really need to go back and read some of the others. Such fun. Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Brenda- I agree! She is a lot of fun. I look forward to reading about more of her adventures and antics. :) ~L

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  7. Sounds like a fun book, I will see if I can get it on Kindle. Have a nice weekend, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Valerie- Jael- I hope you can! Clementine is a character who can cheer someone up on a gloomy day. :) ~L

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  8. Sounds like a fun ride indeed as kids sure can get into everything and cats and dogs lol if one wants everything neat and tidy, live alone.

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    1. Pat- Kids and pets do get into everything! You are right! :) ~L

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  9. I have a copy of this book on my daughter's shelf. We got it when she was five and she wasn't ready for it, but now she is. We will put it on our summer reading list. It sounds so fun.

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    1. Heidi- You and your daughter will have so much fun reading this one this summer. Clementine is one funny characters. Enjoy! :) ~L

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  10. This sounds adorable and like so much fun! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review. Have a great weekend, ladies :)

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    1. A Belle's Tales- Glad you enjoyed it! It is a fun book for sure. :) ~L

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  11. Aw she does sound adorable! A handful. But adorable :)

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    1. Anna- Right on all accounts. :) ~L

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  12. I haven't read it, but she sounds like a trip!

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  13. She sounds delightful! I probably would have loved her as a child.

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    1. Lark- Definitely! Clementine is a lot of fun! :) ~L

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    1. Magic Love Crow- It is fast and fun! :) ~L

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    1. The Armchair Squid- I thought so! :) ~L

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  16. I've seen this around. It reminds me of Ramona the pest ~ these series are always great fun to read. And look how happy Clementine looks on the cover!

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    1. Claudine- She is happy and funny. I agree that books like this one and Ramona are always great to read. So easy for kids to relate to and the characters are such fun. :) ~L

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  17. I think it's so cute when all kids want to do is help out and they are very serious about that, but they still seem to be a nuisance to everyone around them! It's a hard lesson to learn. But this book sounds so adorable and fun!

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    1. Olivia- Savannah- It is adorable! I was nervous with some of Clementine's "helpful" ideas, but her heart was always in the right place. :) ~L

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  18. I have never read this book but it sounds like it can make you smile... that's always a good thing xox

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    1. Launna- It reminds us to see the lighter side of life. Definitely a fun one! :) ~L

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  19. Yes, I have read some of the Clementine books. I love them! She is quite the character.

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    1. Janet- She really is quite the character! Glad to hear you have read and enjoyed some of the books too. :) ~L

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  20. There is a Clementine story that I listened to while I was observing for a third grade classroom a while back. I couldn't get into but that's what usually happens with books I don't get to read for fun on my own. Your review makes it seem like Clementine is worth reading. I can't believe she keeps on trying to fix the problem but constantly makes it worse. Clementine seems like a really cute and fun read (:

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    1. Adriana- I think it is a fun book for kids in 2-5 grade. Light and fun! I can see how listening to it while observing at work wouldn't be as much fun. ;)
      ~L

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