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The talented Clementine (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Sara Pennypacker

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Title:The talented Clementine
Authors:Sara Pennypacker
Info:New York : Hyperion Books for Children, c2007.
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The Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker (2007)

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This book follows a quirky third-grader named Clementine as she worries over an impending school talent show and her decided lack of any and all talents. Or so she thinks. But in the end, the show goes on thanks to Clementine’s great attention to detail as the production’s one and only director! Sara Pennypacker is spot on in her depiction of the anxieties of a young girl who fears the humiliation of being the only one in her class without a talent and her hilarious attempts to beg, borrow, and steal one before finally, accidentally, discovering a use for her own skills. Young readers will enjoy Clementine’s observations about the incomprehensible nature of grown-ups, and while the larger amount of text to pictures may be a challenge to some young readers, the smaller size of the book and larger text font makes 10 chapters seem easier yet still impressive. There is a brief mention of drinking in the book when Clementine removes the bottle caps from a whole case of beer that is meant for the meetings of their condo association (and a, rather funny, reference to the effect of this beer on the adults’ ability to make good decisions). However, all in all, the book with its smattering of ink drawings is humorous enough to appeal even to older readers and would no doubt be a popular choice, especially among children ready to transition from easy-readers to more advanced children’s books. ( )
  AmandaPalomino | Oct 17, 2014 |
Charming girl without performing arts talent still comes in handy during the production of the talent show. ( )
  paakre | Apr 27, 2013 |
The Talented Clementineby Sara Pennypacker is the second in the series. The third and fourth graders will be performing a talent show and Clementine is at a complete loss. I can completely relate — while I have talents, none of them are geared towards live performance!

Clementine goes through all sorts of different ideas for the show. None of them really are appropriate for a talent show. Ultimately she settles on working back stage, but it's a job she falls into.

It was another cute book. I really felt horrible for Clementine as her teacher just couldn't believe she didn't know how to perform on stage. Been there myself in school. ( )
  pussreboots | Apr 3, 2013 |
This was a really cute little book about an 8-year-old girl who doesn't think she has any talents because most of her skills are not performance-based. Will she ever figure out what to do?

I love how supportive her parents are, even though Clementine gets into a LOT of mischief. It's not as though she's TRYING to make trouble... she just doesn't think things all the way through... ever.

This would be a really cute little book for young girls. ( )
  saraferrell | Apr 3, 2013 |
Haha, so charming! I laughed out loud more than once. Loved the illustrations too, especially the principal. :-) ( )
  JenneB | Apr 2, 2013 |
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For Steven Malk and Donna Bray—

my talented agent and editor—

who knew before I did

—S.P.

To my big brother,

Mark Frazee,

who probably thinks

this dedication stuff

is stupid

—M.F.
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I have noticed that teachers get exciting confused with boring a lot.
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Eight-year-old Clementine, convinced that she has no talents, tries to find a way to avoid participating in the class talent show.

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