Clementine by Sara Pennypacker Pictures by Marla Frazee Age: 3rd grade Hyperion Books, 2006 ISBN: 9781423108344 / 136 pages Find this book at your local library
Monday is only the start of Clementine’s disasterous week. Sent to the principal’s office each day, chopped off her friend Margaret’s hair as well as her own, helped her father in the Great Pigeon War, and gets in a fight with her best friend.
Clementine is a wonderful character. She reminded a lot of the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary. Clementine is sweet, energetic and very clever. She’s good at arts, hates English class and is in the gifted math program. Each of her disasters is backed by good intentions and well-meaning. Just no real forethought into her actions or the consequences that may follow. I love the voice of Clementine. Its very childlike and full of pizazz. Although this series was written in 2006, I feel like it has a timeless quality to it. There are no mentions of computers, cell phones, video games, etc. Its a very simple story about a girl with too much imagination and creativity.
It is unfair that sometimes even spectacularful ideas don’t work out. It is also unfair that bus drivers are allowed to send you to the principal’s office.
I would definitely recommend this book to young girls who want to read something humorous. It follows in the same vein as Beverly Cleary’s books. The Amber Brown series and quite possibly the Judy Moody series. Maybe even Cam Jansen, although the last two are more mystery books, whereas this series is more elementary school hijinx. I think this series would also be a fun one for family roadtrips.