Monday, February 4, 2008

The Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker and Marla Frazee

Clementine is back in this fun intermediate story about the school talent show. Clementine can't find her talent. She plans a variety of hilarious acts, finally settling on one which uses her baby brother. That plan is stopped by her father. Clementine goes to dress rehearsal without an act and becomes a great assistant director when her teacher has to leave.

Almost as much fun as the original Clementine.
The audio version was a notable children's recording nominee. Grade 3-7.


A. Barbee said...

Second. Clementine is such a down-to-earth, realistic character with a great sense of humor that kids really love her! Pennypacker uses descriptive language that perfectly sums up either the situation or the person, such as "My teacher looked at me as if he suddenly had no idea how I'd gotten into his classroom." How many times have we felt like that? Great for writing activities and for discussions about what "talent" really is and how Clementine's principal picked up on hers.

Karen Gavigan said...

Agreed. Clementine is an engaging character - kind of a Beezus or Ramona for this generation of readers. This sequel grabs you from the first line, "I have noticed that teachers get "exciting" confused with "boring" a lot. I look forward to future sequels.