In her first novel since winning the Newbery Medal, Katherine Applegate delivers an unforgettable and magical story about family, friendship, and resilience.
Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There's no more money for rent, and not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again.
Crenshaw is a cat. He's large, he's outspoken, and he's imaginary. He has come back into Jackson's life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?
Beloved author Katherine Applegate proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary.
©2015 Katherine Applegate (P)2015 Listening Library
This book was wonderful! So many people don't understand how it feels to be so poor a person lives in a car or on the street. How many people go to bed hungry. How hard it is for a parent that cannot provide for their children. This book really puts it into perspective. I think people will be less judgemental after reading this book.
"You weren't this big when I was seven." "You need a bigger friend now," said Crenshaw.
Humor, imagination, friendship, and a little magic combine to create a marvelous story of coping with real-life fears. Jackson's imaginary friend, Crenshaw, first appeared years ago when Jackson's family was homeless. Now Crenshaw shows up again just as Jackson is seeing worrisome signs: bills piling up, not enough work for his parents, and food is in short supply. Does this mean Jackson's family will be homeless again?
If you've ever had or wanted an imaginary friend, if you've ever needed to cope with something beyond your control, if you've ever struggled to be true to yourself in adversity, you'll love Crenshaw. I'm delighted with how this story deals with a tough topic with such gentleness and humor. I haven't been this thrilled with a children's book since Stellaluna or Harry Potter.
I like this book is awesome. I real like how Crenshaw returned. I would recommend this book to anyone. That's how awesome this book is. I like how Crenshaw acted in this story. Crenshaw was awesome in this story. Awesome;right?
I wanted to like this story. It was played on a road trip. By far it was thee most depressing story to listen to while on a road trip. We tried to be thankful for our situation and grab to any positive morsels but at the end, I found this book the worst book to listen or read. Specially while on an adventurous road trip. The next stop to witness a homeless person begging for money was ever so much depressing and the next and the next over many cities across the country. It didn't inspire compassion nor admiration or respect. It was just a sad story about people making wrong decisions that gravelly affected their children. True to human nature, a sad example that at the end I found myself not wanting to be in a giving and helpful way. Because I have children and I have and will do my best not to fall into that predicament, because I know of parents that by their own ego, stupidity, lack of judgements have forced their children into homelessness. A topic that is way too serious for children attracted by a giant imaginary cat "friend" who is powerless to help at all.
Whenever I heard Crenshaw say even one word I was spellbound. It was almost like magic was placed over the audiobook.After I listened to "Crenshaw" my own imaginary friend came back and snuggled with me.
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This was a really well done book that I enjoyed it a lot. The story is mostly about a kid going into 5th grade whose parents are struggling with money problems. The kid's childhood imaginary friend comes back to help him out.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was well done. The narrator does a great job with emotion and different voices.
There's a lot about family and friendship in here. As well as some magical realism. While the story can be a bit of a tear-jerker (at least for me as a parent) it's done in a somewhat humorous tone so it ends up being a fun read.
My ten year old son is reading it right now and has really been enjoying some of the humor and the imaginary cat :-) He was also discussing with me how lucky he feels to have never been in the situation the main character ends up in; so I think it was good for him to read about that.
Overall this is a quick little book that I would definitely recommend. It packs a lot of story for its short length and is great for all ages.
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