Illustrator: Marla Frazee
Ideas are always popping into Clementine's head: how to turn brown hair red (permanent marker); why the principal's arms are always, suspiciously, covered in sleeves (to hide a tattoo?); and how to have fun with her little brother (a ride in a wok!). Plus, she is always busy noticing things like a good way to eat lentils (with a toothbrush). So why do people keep telling her to pay attention? Black-and-white illustrations. Winner of the 2007 Josette Frank Award. A 2007 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book.
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Awards & Honors
Sid Fleischman Humor Award (SCBWI) | 2007 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, Honor Book, Fiction and Poetry | 2007 Quill Award Nominee, Children’s Chapter/Middle Grade | Book Sense Children’s Picks – Spring 2007
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal*
School Library Journal
Clementine, a not-so-common third grader, knows her way around the principal's office as well as she does the art-supply closet. Daily rituals take on a different view when seen from her eyes. She's constantly being told that she needs to "pay attention," but to her mind she is paying attention and making astute observations. Whether looking ou
Clementine, a not-so-common third grader, knows her way around the principal's office as well as she does the art-supply closet. Daily rituals take on a different view when seen from her eyes. She's constantly being told that she needs to "pay attention," but to her mind she is paying attention and making astute observations. Whether looking out the window during the Pledge of Allegiance at the janitor locked in an embrace with the lunch lady or dealing with a pesky pigeon problem at her apartment building, her concentration is always focused. Clementine goes to great lengths to be friends with fourth-grade neighbor, Margaret, but more times than not, both girls end up in trouble. Humorous scenarios tumble together, blending picturesque dialogue with a fresh perspective as only the unique Clementine can offer. When the protagonist pleads to skip school because of a self-inflicted haircut fiasco, she tries to convince her mom that she must have caught arthritis from old Mrs. Jacobi or has possibly come down with the "heartbreak of sore irises." Frazee's engaging pen-and-ink drawings capture the energy and fresh-faced expressions of the irrepressible heroine. And even though she confesses that "I do not think fathers should be comedians," her parents are portrayed as being fairly cool. A delightful addition to any beginning chapter-book collection.—Cheryl Ashton, Amherst Public Library, OH
5 1/2" x 7 3/4"
Level 4.5; Points: 2;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 4.5; Points: 5;