In Clementine, Sara Pennypacker has created a precocious red-headed third-grader who will be instantly loved by young audiences.
©2006 Sarah Pennybacker; (P)2007 Recorded Books
"A sweet family life...serves as the foundation for the story, which charts a tough week for Clementine, involving badly cut (and marker-dyed) hair, trouble with the principal, and a spat with a best friend." (Child magazine)
"Fans of Judy Moody will welcome this portrait of another funny, independent third-grader." (Publishers Weekly)
This was one of the best children's books I've read in a long time. My daughters (ages 5 and 7) love the creative heroine. And this mom loved the creativity of the author! Can't wait for more.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
Spunky, ingenious, lovable.
The narration makes Clementine pop out of the audio book and become part of the family. Clementine is so cute! It reminds me of myself and my children. A joyful listen, full of giggles
Ok, fine. (You'll understand when you listen)
Yes! I cleaned house, made dinner, knitted and giggled the whole while. So did my family. Very cute.
My daughter loved this story and wants me to buy her more Clementine stories. Normally, I'd have given a children’s book my kids really like 5 stars. But the Clementine series of audio books are outrageously pricey.
To purchase the 13.5-hour Clementine series, as my daughter would like, I’d have to spend 7 credits or $62.84 to purchase 7 audio books that average less than 2 hours in length. That’s nuts.
For comparison, I purchased the entire 19-hour Ramona Quimby series for a single credit. My daughter also loved those books and I liked them better.
It is absolutely hilarious. My kids laugh out loud. I repeat the lines. She does NOT use any words you would rather your children not repeat like "stupid." Good clean fun with insight into Clementine's mind. OK I listen to it when my kids are not with me!
I have listend to 3 Clementine books and this one has my favorite story. The charm of the books is Clementine's thought and reactions, so the plot is not that important. The story is uplifting about finding the talents a seemingly difficult child.
The way her parents, particularly her father, finds Clementine's strengths and gives her confidence is just wonderful.
This is a must read for any adult that has to deal with a child with attention deficit issues. Kids will LOVE the book too.
I love this book even though I've heard it several times. The narrator does a great job of acting out the mind of a third grader.
My only problem with the audio book is the transition between chapters is often too fast to let the impact of the prior chapter sink in; e.g. she's saying "chapter 4" immediately after finishing the prior sentence.
My 7 y/o granddaughter and I had to take a drive to a friends house about an hour away, rather than let her take her tablet, I downloaded this book. She loved it, she loved that Clementine thought things up like she did, that Clementine was funny and worried and had feelings like she did.
From the adult perspective, well written, lovely little story line and the reader was spot on.
A wonderful view of the world from the eyes of a precocious 8 year old child. And a story for adults about psychological discovery which is just as good.
I read this as an adult who doesn't have kids. And as an adult, it was eye opening to see the psychological subtext, cause and effect, of how Clementine's acting out and fear of abandonment is used to mask certain emotions, which I won't mention because of spoilers.
Good children's books are interesting in that they're able to hide a whole story of subtleties which only an adult could pick up, while still presenting a story that not only would a child enjoy, but learn from. This book does this very well.
I really like this book. Clementine is a very crazy child with a mind-blowoing bunch of ideas. Even though she may not always be amazing at everything, she can really help kids to learn how to deal with the difficulties of life.
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