The plot here is similar to "Nothing but the Truth," a young adult novel by AVI, about a boy who similarly wants to annoy his teacher, by singing along to the national anthem when it is played over the PA system. The difference between the two is in the tone of the struggle between student and te...more
I thought that this book was a fun read. It had nice chara...more
1997 Christopher Award and sixteen state book awards
Theme(s): Friendship, Power and Language, Community, Helping others, Childhood
I am currently using this in the classroom with 5th graders. They love it and because of that I rated this book with 5 stars. I feel it would appeal to young children in 3rd to 5th grade because the main character and his classmates are in 5th grade.However, I did not get into this book as much as they did because...more
Character Trait-Smart "That one book conatins the definitions of more than four-hundred fifty thousand words."
Most Important Event-When Janet dropped her pen and Nick picked it up and said, "Heres your...frindle."
Reccomendation-I reccomend this book to people who like funny things.
I think the author did a great job at showing the feelings the characters had because while I was reading, Mrs. Granger got mad, and I could just feel the tension even though it is just a book...more
I loved both Nick and Mrs. Granger. Their battle over the word "frindle" that Nick made up to replace the word "pen" shows how adaptable the E...more
Illustrator: Brian Selznick
First published: 1996
Clements' first novel (well, lengthy novella) and has received many awards. And Selznick's fantastic pencil drawings (and the reason we stumbled over the book) beautifully enhance the narrative.
Origin of words
Turns out this is a great complement to the books we have been recently reading - Roald Dahl and Dr Seuss. My daughter has been intrigued with the idea authors make up words, sometimes when there was already a perfectly...more
Nick, the main character, is a quick thinking pseudo-trouble maker. He's not out to just make trouble, he does it in a way that simply questions 'the system'. Here, Nick learns that WE are the ones that give words their power, their meaning. He learns this from his 5th Grade language arts teacher Mrs. Grang...more
Is Nick Allen a troublemaker?
He really just likes to liven things up at school -- and he's always had plenty of great ideas. When Nick learns some interesting information about how words are created, suddenly he's got the inspiration for his best plan ever...the frindle. Who says a pen has to be called a pen? Why not call it a frindle? Things begin innocently enough as Nick gets his friends to use the new word. Then other people in town start saying frindle. Soon the school is in an uproar,
of course it's unrealistic! after all, how many fifth graders can just up and invent a new word that everybody decides to use? but people, are you only reading books because they're realistic? and don't you dare say yes because you've gotta be a fan of at least one fantastical story.
if people only wanted realistic stories, how come Harry Potter and Twilight have sold millions of copies?
the idea here is not about how realist...more
Nick Allen, the book’s main character has endless ideas, and he is known for it. While this can be both good and b...more
Frindle begins with Nick; a boy that is smart and mischievous. He has a lot of energy and he likes to get over on the teachers, out smart them if he can. His 5th grade teacher Mrs. Granger is known for being hard, a no-nonsense teacher...more
2. Nick Allen is a curious fifth grader at Lincoln Elementary School. When he learns about the way words are created, he decides that he can create a new word for a pen.
3. A- This is a great book for students because it is portrays the critical and logical thinking of a fifth grader.
B- I thought this book had some great qualities, I really like the font and font size in the copy of my paperback. It is inviting for kids, and they can take advantage of it. I thought...more