April 2, 2012

Clementine and the Family Meeting

by Sarah Pennypacker
ages: 8+
First sentence: "
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Others in the series: Clementine, The Talented Clementine, Clementine's Letter, Clementine, Friend of the Week

There is no one like Clementine. With her creativity and quirkiness ("Tattoos -- YES! Babies -- NO! I crossed off NO and wrote WELL, MAYBE."), her genuine curiosity, and her ability to wreak havoc (but only in a good way), you can't help but fall head-over-heels in love with her. (Promise.)

The thing Ms. Pennypacker throws at Clementine this time is change. Change, especially when you're in eight and in third grade, is hard. Even if it's good change. And Clementine resists change, in all its forms. Whether it's her mom being pregnant, her best friend being obsessed with California and becoming a makeup artist, or losing her science experiment test subject (the rat Eighteen), she doesn't want any of it.

But, somehow (because this is a book, after all, and because Change is Unstoppable), she figures out that maybe it's not so bad.

I'm starting to sound like a broken record (really), but it's another wonderful little Clementine book. If you haven't met her yet, you really should.

3 comments:

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Clementine is always a popular favorite in our library. I booktalk it to the kids off the cuff at least once a week while they're searching the shelves for books...

Jen Robinson said...

I can't believe I haven't read this one yet. Thanks for reminding me. I love, love, love Clementine.

pussreboots said...

I know Clementine already has her younger brother, but I still related to her feelings about having yet another baby sibling at the ripe old age of 8. I was 7 when I suddenly went from only child to big sister. It was a HUGE and upsetting change. I remember thinking my 7th birthday was the worst one ever (I don't now, of course!). Like you, I find the Clementine series absolutely delightful.