Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

Pennypacker, Sara. The Talented Clementine. Illus. Marla Frazee. New York: Hyperion, 2007.

Clementine's back! Now in 3rd grade, Clementine's in trouble comes when her school decides to put on a talent show to raise money for their spring trip. Clementine can't believe her luck. She doesn't have a talent. Margaret (of the infamous hair cutting incident) unsuccessfully tries to teach Clementine how to tap dance. Clementine tries her best to find a talent, but she's thwarted from every angle. She worries and worries, but ends up saving the show. Clementine's habit of watching everything that goes on around her makes her the talent show's star director. Hooray for Clementine!

What I thought: I can't get enough of Clementine and her sauciness. Her penchant for getting in trouble so reminds me of Beverly Cleary's Ramona. Her unique view on life always makes me laugh.

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