Clementine (Clementine Series #1)

Clementine (Clementine Series #1)


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Clementine is having not so good of a week.

  • On Monday she's sent to the principal's office for cutting off Margaret's hair.
  • Tuesday, Margaret's mother is mad at her.
  • Wednesday, she's sent to the principal again.
  • Thursday, Margaret stops speaking to her.
  • Friday starts with yucky eggs and gets worse.
  • And by Saturday, even her mother is mad at her.

Okay, fine. Clementine is having a DISASTROUS week.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786838837
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date: 02/15/2008
Series: Clementine Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 21,101
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Sara Pennypacker was a painter before becoming a writer, and has two absolutely fabulous children who are now grown. She has written several books, including Clementine, The Talented Clementine, and Clementine's Letter, illustrated by Marla Frazee; Stuart's Cape and Stuart Goes to School, both illustrated by Martin Matje, and Dumbstruck. Sara lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Marla Frazee did the illustrations for the first two books in the Clementine series. She is author/illustrator of Walk On!, Santa Claus the World's Number One Toy Expert, and Roller Coaster. She is also the illustrator of The Seven Silly Eaters, Everywhere Babies,and a bunch of other books. Marla works in a small backyard cabin under an avocado tree in Pasadena, California.

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Clementine 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 94 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clementine is a believably written character who is sensitive, high-spirited, clever, and funny. This series is one of the best for tweens. My daughter loves them and even my son (going into 3rd grade) enjoys them. The books are laugh out loud funny because of the sticky situations Clementine always seems to get into although she always has the best intentions. We aren't fans of fresh mouthed kids or potty talk so Clementine is a refreshing change from Junie B. Jones and her ilk.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fun and funny. My mom and dad were laughing so hard. It is a hit. It is a family fun story in a twisted way.I strongly think you should read this book to get a awesome laugh!!!!!
Mum23 More than 1 year ago
We actually listened to the audio for this book and the other Clementine Books. My kids loved them greatly. My daughter liked it so much she took Clementine out of the library and read it again. I love Clementine's character - she is so funny!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first grader loves "Clementine". In the beginning I was a bit suspicious,because of Clementine's behavior, but it really got me to look at things at a childs level. My 1st grader was having problems in school that I could not relate to. By reading "Clementine" with my daughter I was able to talk to her about making better choices. We read one chapter per night together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw this book several times at the book store before I decided to give it a try. I'd say she is as funny as the Junie B. Jones series; but she is sweet and cares about others feelings. Her friend is kind of bossy, and a neat freak, but Clementine has her own style. She is a little sweetheart. I have bought the book for several of my friends. A great book for book lovers or if you want a quick break. Clementine will leave you wanting more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clementine is a sweet story about a smart, self-aware third grade girl. This is a great alternative to those who have read all the Junie B. Jones series and want more. Also, parents who do not care for Junie B's overuse of the word 'stupid' will find Clementine a good choice.
Erin-teacher More than 1 year ago
Clementine is a story about a mischievous third-grader. She is very interested in all the world has to offer. However, she can get into quite a lot of trouble. Most of the trouble involves her best friend Margaret. In many situtations Clementine is only trying to help, but she makes things worse. I really enjoyed reading this book and it made me laugh often. I really feel that children can relate to the situations that Clementine finds herself in, and they will enjoy reading about them. Many of these situations could be used for "teachable" moments. I would recommend this book for first, second, or third grade readers. I also feel that teachers could read this aloud to students and they would thoroughly enjoy it.
Bean44 More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a delightful book! I just finished reading it with my 3rd grade daughter and we both absolutely loved it and were so sad when it ended. We're planning on reading other "Clementine" books right away. The silliness of the characters is delightful and such a welcome read in our often too serious world. We both giggled all the way through. The story is entertaining and provides great wisdom as well. The lessons found in the book regarding friendship and family are touching and heartfelt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clementine is such a funny little girl. It is amazing the kind of messes that an 8 year old can get into. She has a best friend named Margaret and they get into one mess after another. Of course, their parents get upset each time. Clementine is usually the cause of the mess. I would recommend reading it as a read aloud to 1st, 2nd, or 3rd graders. There are several situations in the book where Clementine is sent to the principal¿s office that could be used as teachable moments. It is also just enjoyable to read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clementine is a girl that children will love to read about! Her spunky personality makes the plot of the story very interesting, exciting and you never know what will happen next! Children can relate to this main character because of her actions at home and at school. For example, her teachers are always telling her to pay attention. She believes she is paying attention- to what is happening out the window! At home, Clementine worries about secret conversations she overhears from her parents. While Clementine gets herself in a lot of trouble, the humor that goes with this and the reality of what is happening makes the book very enjoyable! Sara Pennypacker does an excellent job showing Clementine's character through not only her actions and words, but also her thoughts. When Clementine is forbidden to touch a friend's mask, she admits to touching and then says 'twice. Okay, fine.' These thoughts revealed make the story easier for children to understand! I enjoyed this book because of the various events that happen to Clementine throughout the week are realistic but with a funny twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The 'poor grammar' and misuse of words is part of what IS Clementine. You wouldn't find Clementine nearly as believable or entertaining if she used perfect grammar. Kids can tell the difference and can even learn a lot from this grammar if used as a teachable moment. I wouldn't suggest having a beginner reader pick it up and read it independently--the recommended age IS 7-10 after all, but as a read-aloud, read by someone who can really play it up vocally, it would be entertaining for younger students as well. My 7 year old read through Junie B books like crazy last year, loves Clementine, and IS able to pick out the funny moments when Clementine misuses a word. Not every character in literature has perfect grammar. Books like this are really a good way for young students to understand character, voice, audience, and detail, which are things they should consider in their own writing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very funny! It's funny because Clementime always gets in to mischeif. I would recomend this book to people who like humor in their books. I would like to thank Sara Pennypacker and Marla Frazee for writing and drawing the pictures in the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clementine is in the third grade and she is having the worst week ever. Everytime she tries to do something helpful it gets her in trouble. In this book, CLementine spends most of the week getting trouble for helping Margaret cut her hair, then cutting her own hair to match Margarets. Clementine then helps her dad with the great pigeon war, and her parents throw her a party to celebrate her achievment and even Margaret comes to the party!

I thought this book was wonderful. I think children can easily relate to Clementine, because the story is told from a childlike perspective. I loved how in Clementine's world she was just trying to help, but from an adult perspective it seemed like she was causing trouble. I think this book is a good book for educators to use because it can help us remember that children see things very differently than we do, and also because like I said before children relate to Clementine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i lovede this book, it was really good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my daughter in 2nd grade and she loved it!!! Both my sister & I read it through and laughed tons - very silly!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Sara Panabaker is a wonderful writer! It is about a girl named Clementine who is haveing a horrible week. Her friends Mom is mad @ Clementine for cutting off her friends hair. Then she thinks her parents are giving her away. Alot more things happen that week. What will Clementine Do?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only did my daughter love this character, but because the book is told from Clementine's point of view, it was like another kid talking to her. She is only 4.5 yrs old and we had planned to read her 1 chapter per night, but she always asked for more. I really enjoyed it too. We want more Clementine!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clementine is a sweet, albeit unremarkable, story told from the point of view of a well-meaning precocious little girl. But in trying to capture the way a child talks and thinks, the author uses so many hyphenated adjectives and so many run-on sentences, that a young reader is easily lost.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was in third grade I was never as spunky as Clementine.This fiction book tells the story of a third graders life and some of the adventures that go along with it.Clementine is the reason I loved this book, because you never know what she's going to do next.She has a horribla week involving scissors as her parents plot to get rid of her.Clementine and her father try to fight the great pigeon war.The father owns the eight story apartment building and the mom is a painter.Clementine and her best friend, Margaret , have a fun time until Clementine decides that she's nine and has to copy Margaret's hair.Margaret is in fourth grade so she enjoys bossing Clementine.You'll realize she's alright.The story Clementine will surprise you with all of the interesting things that she does.One day she decides to help the painters so she tries something daring but she keeps failing.
TheBestClass101 More than 1 year ago
Clementine is an awesome book to read!! This book is good for readers that enjoy humor. The book is about Clementine's life and the problems she faces. Sara Pennypacker includes great word choice that will catch your attention and make you laugh, sometimes even out loud! This book will teach readers a lesson - to never cut off someone's hair unless you are a hair stylist or a parent of course. This book is so funny because you never know what is going to happen next!
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Charming, charming, charming! Clementine is adorably wacky and caring - i wish I'd had a friend like her when I was young. Can't wait til I can introduce my daughter to this one!
emgriff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Clementine is a third grader whose well-intentioned schemes are always getting her into trouble. This book invites the reader into her world in which it is completely understandable how Clementine could think that cutting off her best friend's hair is an act of kindness, that her parents plan to give her away, and that she is always paying attention -- even if it's to everything BUT what the teacher is saying. Clementine is an original character with a free-spirit, a unique perspective, and really hip, understanding parents. The book has a great, clever sense of humor that children and adults will appreciate. The pen and ink illustrations enhance the text perfectly and even add their own touches of humor. Highly recommended for 2nd through 5th grade readers.
librarymeg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading Clementine was a delightful way to spend my lunch hour! She is rambunctious, sweet, funny, honest, and the kind of child who would be her parents' greatest joy and hardest trial. Having said that, she's also completely wonderful. I was reminded of Ramona Quimby from my childhood years, but I think Clementine's modern sense of humor and hip parents make her fresh and a wonderful new character for readers young and old.
wwlw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pennypacker's young heroine is funny, feisty and a real treat as someone who is lively and has a great sense of self. Look for sequels: Very Talented Clementine and coming out 4/08, Clementine's Letter
amandaknichols on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Clementine tries to figure out how to fit in at school, and within her family. The character is defined by her actions and thoughts, which are shared with the reader. The plot is linear with a climactic moment. The setting is in Clementine's neighborhood and at her school, where disparate economic statuses are evident - even in her own building. The theme is how Clementine fits into the world around her, and how she feels different from everyone else - but how those around her value that. The text is written in chapter format, with illustrations on each page that depict the setting and text on the page. The cultural markers include references to Clementine's family's alternative way of life and her neighbors, who are more conventional - and wealthier. Culturally, this book depicts how the people in both situations really aren't that different. Recommended for an elementary school library or for a youth section of a public library. Very popular with middle to upper elementary school girls.