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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Book Review: Clementine, Friend of the Week by Sara Pennypacker

Age: 7-10
Publication Date: July 2010
Pictures by: Marla Frazee
Tags: friendship, kittens, jealously
Pages: approx 176
Series: 4th in a series
Book Acquisition: received an ARC at BEA

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

(from Goodreads)
Clementine has been picked for Friend of the Week, which means she gets to be line leader, collect the milk money, and feed the fish. Even better, she’ll get a Friend of the Week booklet in which all the other third grade kids will write why they like her. Clementine’s best friend, Margaret, has all sorts of crazy ideas for how Clementine can prove to the class she is a friend. Clementine has to get a great booklet, so she does what Margaret says. What begins as one of the best weeks ever may turn out to be the worst. Who knew that being a friend could be so hard?

My Review:
This book was pretty adorable! I fell in love with Clementine from page one. She is such a spunky little girl - filled with love for her friends and family - insecure yet determined - silly but serious.

There was much more depth to this book then I thought there would be. Clementine has a fight with her best friend, looses her kitten and learns some pretty valuable lessons about friendship all in a few days.
I haven't read any other Clementine books but I really think young middle school girls would really enjoy this series. The book is short enough too that parents or teachers wouldn't have any trouble reading it quickly to see if it would be a good fit for their kids.

I'm definitely keeping this one for my daughter. She isn't reading yet but I know she will enjoy Clementine and her adventures! The illustrations really help to tell the story so I'm hoping she will let me read it too her. I can see myself picking up the rest of the Clementine series in the future.

Books in the Series:
The Talented Clementine
Clementine's Letter
Clementine, Friend of the Week

Linkage Love:
Disney Hyperion Books
Author's website
Illustrator's website


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