I have had not so good of a week. -- Sara Pennypacker, Clementine
When a million pigeons take off at the same time right above you, you can feel their wing beats exploding inside you, like fireworks. -- Clementine
This year I am in the gifted class for math. And here is the bad surprise--so far no gifts. -- Clementine
Clementine is one of the most brilliant books about being a kid that I have ever read. Ever.
I mean: seriously. Wow. I am so glad I stumbled across this book: an instant favorite. I read it in one sitting, one headlong happy gulp.
Sara Pennypacker is just an amazing writer. Amazing! Clementine's voice is absolutely dead-on. She captures the feelings and moments of childhood in beautiful sentences that left my ears ringing. And Marla Frazee's illustrations are the perfect complement.
And what to say about Clementine herself? And her busy, crazy, trouble-filled week?
I wish I could beam myself back to third grade just so I could be her friend. She's so warm-hearted, so quick and insightful, and ... just completely hilarious. I laughed so hard through this book, and yet she also captures the sweet-sadness of being a kid as well. The ending ... was exquisite. So much fun.
A genius of a book! I want to give this one out to everyone I know.
And ... oh. Ohhh. Guess what I didn't know. Guess what I just found out: this is the first in a series.
So... my day just got better.
Recommendation: Grilled cheese and a chocolate milkshake. Read this one by the window for one glorious afternoon. You'll be so glad you did.