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The Talented Clementine (Clementine #2)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  4,563 Ratings  ·  332 Reviews
Winner or washout?

When it comes to tackling third grade, Clementine is at the top of her game-okay, so maybe not all the time. After her teacher announces that the third and fourth graders will be putting on a talent show, Clementine panics. She doesn't sing or dance or play an instrument. She can't even hop with finesse. And as if she didn't feel bad enough, her perfect b
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Disney-Hyperion (first published May 1st 2007)
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Mar 01, 2008 Jennie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this one might be even more hilarious than the first one. The school is having a talent show, but there's just one problem-- Clementine doesn't have a talent.

I like this one partly because a lot of the adults that were flat characters in the first book (because, let's face it, in a kid's eye, most adults are flat characters) round out a bit more, especially the principal.

I really just want to cut and paste a bunch of quotations, or possibly the entire book, but you just read it yourself.
Xander Stellpflug
I really Like It. I like the Clementine series and I thought Clementine was funny. The pictures were great and the details were nice. The ending was good!
Aug 22, 2009 Connie rated it really liked it
Despite being nothing at all like the Ramona Quimby books, they still remind me a LOT of them.

In this edition, Clementine is left scrambling for an act for the talent show. She has, she says, NO talents. Not even hopping. No, really, at 8 years old she still can't hop, poor child. And no doubt it doesn't help that her "perfect" upstairs neighbor and friend has more talents than she can count.

After rejecting tap-dancing (apparently, beer caps do NOT make acceptable taps when superglued to sneake
Mr. Gottshalk
This mildly disappointing chapter book, pitched as required summer reading for 3rd to 4th graders, does have its moments. Clementine is certainly sassy and has the ability to misconstrue sayings and ideas that turn into comical learning moments. Unfortunately, she sounds a lot like Ramona Quimby, her predecessor from forty years earlier. In this one, Clementine gears up for a talent show. Hey author, the 21st century called. Get with the times and make this book more feasible for kids living in ...more
Sara ♥
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.
Jan 08, 2008 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Writer Sarah Pennypacker and illustrator Marla Frazee join forces once again to continue exploring the adventures of Clementine, a very unique third grader with a very big problem in “The Talented Clementine” (the second book in the Clementine series).

In order to raise money for the school, Clementine’s class is going to have a talent show where every student is expected to take part. That’s all well and good if you have a talent, but Clementine doesn’t seem to have any. Every other kid (literal
Mar 06, 2015 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: traditional-lit
Clementine is a book about the adventures and spontaneous situations that an eight-year-old girl have with her friends and family. In this book Clementine gets in trouble when she is found cutting one of her best friends hair in the school bathroom. Clementine gets reprimanded for the misunderstanding and as an act of solidarity she decides to cut her hair as well. As the story progresses she gets in more trouble but her innocence and good intentions flourish at the end.
This chapter book is an
May 28, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is the second book in the Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker. We've enjoyed the first two books and the main character is very similiar in to Ramona Quimby or Junie B. Jones, or perhaps even Judy Moody. She is funny and quirky and calls her brother by different vegetable names (since she is named for a fruit.) We will certainly look for the next story at our local library.
This one gave me a chance to talk about being unique, having/fighting nerves, and finding our special gifts. Jude got attached to the protagonist, too.
Matti Karjalainen
Sara Pennypackerin "Lahjakas Klementiina" (Twinsy, 2015) on amerikkalainen lastenromaani vähän alle kymmenvuotiaasta tytöstä, joka joutuu vastentahtoisesti ottamaan osaa luokan kykykilpailuun. Vaan mikäs neuvoksi, kun Klementiina ei osaa nimetä yhtään sellaista asiaa, jossa hän olisi lahjakas. Pieniä kommelluksia seuraa, ja lopulta käy ilmi, että kyllähän tyttärellä on sitten lahjoja vaikka mihin.

Lukihan tämän nyt ihan kivutta ja kun vielä Marla Frazeen kuvitus toimii mukavasti, niin annetaan ko
Tämä on nyt kolmas Klementiina-kirja jonka olen lukenut, mutta ei tämäkään oikein kolahtanut. Tätä kyllä voisi vinkata jos tuossa kirjaston vieressä olevassa koulussa järjestetään vielä joku kykykilpailu!

Klementiina on kolmannella luokalla (mutta hän on 8-vuotias), ja hänen täytyisi keksiä jokin esitys kykykilpailua varten. Se on nyt sitten joku ongelma. "Mutta kun en minä osaa mitään!" Pöh. Kaikki on mahdollista kunhan harjoittelee!

Valitettavasti kirja ei ollut samaa mieltä, vaan Klementiinall
Madison Snow
Mar 12, 2014 Madison Snow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clementine is a spunky, young girl with a great sense of humor. Her intrigue for subjects and questions humored me throughout the book. The cover showing Clementine makes the book look inviting for a young kid since it is somewhat a "childish" picture. It also gives the audience some insight on what the book will be about...a talent show. The orange color goes along with her name which is a fun detail. The illustrations also continue in the book which help guide the young reader on the plot. I r ...more
Mrs. Koch's Class
Apr 01, 2015 Mrs. Koch's Class rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about Clementine again. Their class is raising money for their spring field trip.The fifth and sixth graders are doing a car wash, The first and second graders will hold a bake sale, and the third and fourth graders will do a … will I won’t spoil it.Clementine told that she didn’t have a talent to her teacher.The teacher didn't believe her.She went home to play with her brother who she call’s vegetable names.I think that Clementine is talented at getting into trouble.The night of th ...more
Morninglight Mama
Oh, how I adore this little girl and this entire delightful series. I read books 1-5 with my 7 year old daughter and 5 year old son over the course of the last few months, and we've laughed, and maybe even cried a wee bit, together over every single one. I love how REAL Clementine is, and her voice is believable, sympathetic, and wholly lovable. I would love for my children to find their own inner Clementine, for she is so honest and true to herself, quirks and all. I especially love her parents ...more
Callie Stillion
Mar 06, 2014 Callie Stillion rated it really liked it
Shelves: all-others
This was my first Clementine book. Clementine, and her friend, Margaret, are in a talent show, Talent-Palooza, Night of the Stars! But no !!! for Clementine, who can`t find an act. But Margaret is going to find a way for Clementine to do something, because she doesn`t want a left-out-Clementine. There`s tapping to be done. Margaret is going to give Clementine her old tap shoes, but when she sees the size of her feet, Margaret yells, 'Your feet must be two times a large as mine! You`ll never fit ...more
Jun 18, 2013 Millie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-reader, child
We listened to this on tape with our kids on a road trip. We adults laughed out loud! I swear it was written for us! Charming and fun!
Jan 02, 2013 Jenne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haha, so charming! I laughed out loud more than once. Loved the illustrations too, especially the principal. :-)
Victoria Long
Mar 18, 2014 Victoria Long rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: transitional
This is such a humorous book and Clementine will keep you chuckling. Her thoughts are relatable, but the wittiness and clever remarks keep you entertained. Clementine struggles with finding a talent for the talent show, but ends realizing that she does not have to learn a talent, because she is already talented. Her creative ideas and opinions keep the story interesting and the talent she performs is not what you think as you read. The pictures by Marla Frazee help paint a picture as you read an ...more
Aug 18, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
Further research into the nature of girl characters in different early chapter books.

Clementine isn't sassy exactly, but she's spunky and disorganized and sometimes lies in this story about school and family. I thought this was very funny, to a point where I wondered if kids get it, since it was so funny to me. I might have teared up a little near the end. I thought the message was great. I could tell there was some backstory with the character of Margaret that I didn't know from book one, but i
this book is so funny and I think whoever reads this report should read this book
Narrated by Jessica Almasy. Clementineâs class is holding a talent show fundraiser for the big school trip. Unfortunately, everyone but Clementine seems to have a talent to perform at the âœTalentpalooza.â Clementine considers tap-dancing (she opens 24 beer bottles to glue the caps on her tennis shoes for taps), making her little brother laugh, and even claiming the family is moving to Egypt. However, on the night of the show, Clementine proves to be an effective director and stage manager and s ...more
Jun 19, 2008 Zonia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-school
More of the charming, oh so cute Clementine who is very talented indeed!
Cherie In the Dooryard
My daughter has started reading these, so I figured I'd better check them out. I started with the second because that's what was available. Clementine is a successor to a long line of smart, goofball girls who endlessly get in trouble but are still somehow endearing (Ramona, Junie B. Jones, etc.). Smart, funny, good-hearted with strong family relationships, this is a winner. One mild complaint: Pennypacker doesn't do much summarizing here, so if you pick the books up out of order--as I did--it t ...more
Andrea Gordon
Mar 24, 2016 Andrea Gordon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Clementine has a dilemma. The third and fourth grade classes are putting on a 1CTalent-palooza 1D to raise money for the school spring trip. Clementine has no talents. Everyone else can turn cartwheels, sing, dance or play an instrument, but not Clementine. Her friend, Margaret, has so many talents, but even she can 19t help Clementine. Always creative, Clementine does her best to come up with ways of getting out of the talent show.

Dress rehearsal comes and Clementine must confess to the princip
K. Vela
Jan 31, 2016 K. Vela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Talented Clementine This is acontemporary realistic fictional bookwill likely to appeal to young girls in grades 4-6.Girlsin this age group willbe able toempathizewith Clementine,thewittymain character.The illustrations help the readers visualize Clementine with her curly free flowing hair and her tomboyish outfits. They also bring focus to her interactions with her family, peers, and teachers.Clementine,likesomegirls her age,feels awkwardaround her classmatesand teacher.When the talent show ...more
Leah Robinson
Apr 04, 2013 Leah Robinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: transitional
Growing up we all went to or were a part of a talent show, whether it excited us or made us nervous. What about Clementine? This is an intriguing story of a young empathetic girl named Clementine whose class is participating in a talent show, but she believes she has not talent. First Clementine tries to get out of the talent show, then she settles on trying to find a talent, but it’s no use. Margret is of no help, Clementine’s feet are too big, and her dad won’t let her use her little brother. ...more
Oct 29, 2013 Aliyah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker. This story is about a girl named Clementine who does not like participating in class. The story takes place in an elementary school in the 3rd and 4th grade where the school is fundraising to get money. It’s told through the eyes of Clementine who thinks she can’t do anything. Clementine struggles to find a talent before the school talent show which is called The Talent-Palooza, Night of the Stars! Clementine has the opportunity to do something specia ...more
Nicole Disilvestro
1. I believe this book is a contemporary realism piece of literature.
2. The book is about a young girl named Clementine who finds out there is going to be a talent show at her school. She doesn’t feel she has a talent to perform in the show, and throughout her struggles she learns she has more talents then she thinks she has.
3. (A.)-I think this is a really accurate contemporary realism piece of literature because you can easily relate to the character and the events that take place in the sto
Alyse Liebovich
Clementine easily became one of my favorite characters when I read the original book a few years ago in my Children's Lit class. The Talented Clementine is its sequel, and I loved it just as much.

This time Clementine is worried that she has no talents and therefore can't possibly take part in her school's "Talent-Palooza." She tries to keep up with her orderly, perfect-dressing, talent-ful friend Margaret, and also continues to be overprotective of her younger brother, who she still refers to a
Sep 25, 2012 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
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