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Clementine (Clementine #1)

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  14,433 Ratings  ·  1,440 Reviews

Clementine is having not so good of a week.

-On Monday she's sent to the principal’s office for cutting off Margaret’s hair.
- Tuesday, Margaret's mother is mad at her.
- Wednesday, she's sent to the principal... again.
- Thursday, Margaret stops speaking to her.
- Friday starts with yucky eggs and gets worse.
- And by Saturday, even her mother is mad at her.

Okay, fine. Cle

Hardcover, 144 pages
Published September 15th 2006 by Disney-Hyperion (first published January 1st 2006)
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Sep 08, 2009 Angelc rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic read for kids and fun for adults, too. Clementine is a riot, I love her thoughts on what paying attention means, or rather what she chooses to pay attention to. The illustrations are so detailed but simple at the same time. I love the contrasts in the drawings between disshevelled, artistic Clementine and her perfectionist best friend. Great read!!

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Jessica Mitchell
Jan 16, 2013 Jessica Mitchell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Idiots
Recommended to Jessica by: Syriah (Friend)
Jessica Mitchell, 11
3 stars

Hmm, this seems like a book i'd pick up if i were waiting for something and didn't have anything to do, or if i forgot my book at home and had to get something from the library to read after the test. Fast. Like, 'if i don't get a book now i'll die' fast.
I felt like it wasn't original. Here's my equation:
Junie B. Jones+Lucy Rose+Ivy and Bean=Clementine. All of the book series I just listed had really ignorant protagonists. When i finished this book, I mental
Mar 24, 2009 Lucy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody
Let me introduce you to Clementine.

"I have had not so good of a week.

Well, Monday was a pretty food day, if you don't count Hamburguer Surprise at lunch and Margaret's mother coming to get her. Or the stuff that happened in the principal's office when I got sent there to explain that Margaret's hair was not my fault and besides she looks okay without it, but I couldn't, because Principal Rice was gone, trying to calm down Margaret's mother.

Someone should tell you not to answer the phone in the p
Jubilation Lee
Y’all, I want to basically quote you the entirety of Clementine, because it’s darling, and because Clementine makes the most batshit eight-year-old sort of observations (“It looked beautiful, like a giant tattoo of tangled-up worms. When I am a grown-up, I will have hundreds of tattoos.”) that you don’t know if you should laugh or cry.

But I won't, because really you should just read the book yourself. Or, alternatively, find someone to read it to.


Okay, one quote.

Being after-eight reminded me
While I find Clementine fun and endearing, I am also finding her somewhat frustrating (but then again, maybe my frustration with Clementine is also a bit of displaced jealousy, as I would never have dared to be that spunky and spontaneous). That being said, I do think that Clementine needs some parental rules, maybe not as many as her friend Margaret seems to have, but still, I think her parents are a bit too laid-back at times (and perhaps even often). Also, considering that Margaret is describ ...more
Tricia Douglas
Jan 03, 2015 Tricia Douglas rated it it was amazing
Loved Clementine - what a wonderful child! I'm surprised I haven't read this book before. And I see that I have two more books in this series on my shelf. Clementine definitely reminds me of Cleary's Romona Quimby, but I like Clementine even more, I think. Since I taught third grade - gifted children, no less - I can just imagine her precociousness and her brilliance. These are the kinds of children that were in my classroom. No, no one cut another kid's hair, but everyday was just as fun and ex ...more
Aug 06, 2013 Patricia rated it liked it
Clementine might want to reconsider claiming that she has arthritis---she just might get her wish, thus joining over 300,000 children--including babies-- who have the dreadfully painful and debilitating disease in real life. It is a horrible, horrible, horrible disease. I know my now ten year old daughter has been fighting it since she was a baby. Her fight has included countless medical tests, blood work, shots of chemotherapy drugs, countless pills taken several times a day, physical therapy, ...more
Jun 01, 2011 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"The secret thing I know about ideas is that they sproing into your head you have to grab them fast, or else they get bored and bounce away." This describes Clementine to a tea. Clementine has lots of ideas, some which get her sent to the principals office and others that land her and her friend Margaret into a bad haircut and coloring to match. The author does a very nice job with Clementines voice and the reader really gets a feel for a third graders thought patterns. The illustrations are qui ...more
May 01, 2010 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their older children
This was a fun book to read. It was witty, silly, and had elements of both Ramona and Junie B. Jones. We laughed out loud many times during this story and we really grew to like spunky Clementine. I hope to find more books in this series at our local library.

November 2013 update: I volunteered to lead a book club discussion for our youngest daughter's third grade class and this was the book they chose. I enjoyed reading it for a second time and I am excited to hear what the other children have t
Aug 13, 2012 Christina rated it it was ok
So...I had heard some good things about this book and bought it for Mike to read with Ava and the kids on a vacation they went on together. I started about a third the way through and was disappointed. Her attitude is very whiney and negative, and she does things that are appropriate for a preschooler maybe, but certainly not an 8 year old. I guess I'm more of a "Pollyanna" type of mom when it comes to reading with my girl! I want strong girl characters, ones who inspire healthy characteristics, ...more
Apr 10, 2015 Liz rated it it was amazing
I can't say that I've previously had a favorite early chapter book, but Clementine is now my favorite. Clementine is a smart, independent eight-year-old, and I just adored her. I loved that she was daring but also sensitive to other people in her life.

A small detail in this book I really liked is the implication that Clementine's family may have been more lower middle class. It's not something you tend to see discussed in a lot of middle grade, but I loved how Clementine found herself comparing
Aug 10, 2011 Marisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: j-fiction
I love Clementine! She's creative and unique with a strong moral compass. I'd be really happy for Harper to read Clementine books when the time comes. The last chapter made me think about Callie -- I teared up on the youth desk (which isn't nearly as embarrassing as tearing up on the teen desk).

"I held him up to my cheek and told him his name and he started to purr, which filled up a space in my ears that had been empty since Polka died."
Rebecca Sheffler
Jan 23, 2014 Rebecca Sheffler rated it it was amazing
Clementine is a hilarious chapter book written by Sara Pennypacker. The story is about a young girl named Clementine who gets into a bit of trouble during her week at school. The book begins with Clementine sitting in the principles office because of an incident that happened during art class. On Monday, Clementine found her friend Margaret in the school bathroom crying because a chunk of her hair was missing. Clementine wanted to be a good friend so she helped Margaret fix her hair by cutting o ...more
Maya A
Jan 17, 2014 Maya A rated it it was amazing
Yes, okay, this is a skinny little elementary-grade book that a children's section of the library veteran like me should not be picking up at this point in my life. But I was bored, and there it was at home, and once I started reading I really enjoyed the story. This is a beginning chapter book that does not treat kids like idiots. So, bravo for that.
Steve Shilstone
Jan 02, 2015 Steve Shilstone rated it really liked it
Delightful. First person narrative voice of Clementine is terrific.
Inspired Kathy
May 10, 2009 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
This is a fun book. Aimed at I would guess a 3rd grade reading level. A Junie B Jones/Ramona the Pest kind of book. Laugh out loud funny.
Feb 02, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
I thought this book was weird.
Courtney Umlauf
Here is a secret good thing: Sometimes I like journal writing at school because I can remind myself of things I might forget when I'm a grown-up. Like that I plan to smoke cigars. And I do not plan to get married. Cigars, yes; husband, no. What if I forget these things?
Oh Clementine. Always paying attention, just paying it to all the wrong things. Always saying exactly what she means, but in a tone and syntax totally her own. Trying her best to be a helpful friend to Margaret, with her efforts
Razvan Zamfirescu
Apr 09, 2015 Razvan Zamfirescu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spicuiri din recenzia finala care se gaseste pe blogul meu


Clemetina ştie să identifice problemele şi să găsească soluţiile cele mai bune. Când Margaret, prietena ei, îşi taie o şuviţă de păr Clementina hotăraşte să o ajute tăindu-i tot părul. Bineînţeles că supărarea profesorilor şi a mamei lui Margaret se vor dovedi pe măsură, dar şi pentru asta Clementina are soluţia: se hotărăşte să îşi taie şi ea părul şi să îl vopsească folosind cariocile permanent
Beth A.
Sep 07, 2012 Beth A. rated it it was amazing
I read this to Little Miss in two nights. Both of us couldn't get enough.

It was so stinkin cute and funny.

Everything Clementine does makes sense- to her.

People keep telling Clementine to pay attention. But she is paying attention- to what's going on outside the window, or at her neighbor's desk, or the egg stain on her art teacher's scarf.

Clementine is bright and impulsive and charming. And emotive and vulnerable. Pennypacker really does Clementine's POV well; and I really connected with her, an
Sep 03, 2010 Latricia rated it it was amazing
I LOVE LOVE LOVE these books! If you have a child making the jump from readers to chapter books these are great. It's hard to find cute, fun, stories for this skill level. There is tons of junk, but not a ton of good stories with realistic kids who find solutions to problems on their own with guidance from adults (who are there and NOT the enemy).

My only problem? There aren't more of them. So Sara please keep writing them!

Clementine (Clementine, #1) by Sara Pennypacker Clementine's Letter (Clementine, #3) by Sara Pennypacker The Talented Clementine (Clementine, #2) by Sara Pennypacker Clementine, Friend of the Week (Clementine, #4) by Sara Pennypacker
Dec 21, 2012 Purlewe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
** I like to read the books I give to my nieces and nephews so I know what to talk about with them.**

My indy bookstore recommended this to me. Called it the "Ramona for this generation." I enthusiastically agree.

This book is for the 6-8 set. A wonderful book of all the ways Clementine gets in trouble, in one week! She is 8 years old and she IS paying attention, just not to the things adults want her to pay attention too. She has a wonderful creative side to her. And she has all those problems w
May 14, 2009 Shauna rated it it was amazing
Yes, a five star rating!
I was laughing aloud as I read this to Coco last night. This morning I was reading more to her over some Cheerios, and Brent started laughing, the older children tumbled into the kitchen for breakfast and asked about the book, so I read them some funny parts. We ended up starting over and we read the book all the way to the end.

There is nothing earth shattering, no real bits of wisdom, not even a surprise ending in the book. . . but it had my entire family sitting aroun
Emily Hynes
Feb 19, 2013 Emily Hynes rated it it was amazing
The first time I was introduced to Clementine, I read through each page excitedly--loving the hilarious illustrations by Marla Frazee and witty inner thoughts of this spunky third grader. I found myself caught up in Clementine's everlasting drama with her best friend, Margaret, and their many bad decisions. Each chapter left me entertained and laughing at the bold actions and secret insecurities that drove Clementine's choices. I could see this book being used as a read aloud in many primary cla ...more
Feb 25, 2012 Renee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: children
Shelves: kids-books
This review consists of two parts: 1. What my daughter thinks and 2. What I, her Mom, thinks.


The story starts with Clementine cutting her friend Margaret's hair because she got glue in it. When she was done cutting, Margaret's hair was really short. They both get in trouble with the principal and Margaret's Mom. Clementine tries to fix the problem by coloring Margaret's hair red with her Mom's permanent markers. Clementine feels bad so she cuts her hair off and lets Margaret colo
"Pay attention!" Clementine is always hearing those two words, but what no one seems to understand is that she is paying attention - just not necessarily to what they want her to pay attention to. Clementine covers just one short week in the lives of Clementine and her family, but a lot happens in that week: two haircuts, two hair colorings, three visits to the principal's office, and one war against pigeons. Pennypacker has created a great character with a voice decidedly her own and does a goo ...more
Suzie Bookgirl
I found this book on a list of authors favourite bedtime stories and it has fast become a favourite in our house too. Clementine is fabulous, funny and oh my gosh! all at the same time. The story is told in her words which of course gives a great insight into the brain of an eight year old. Clementine has great intentions and ideas but of course the adults in her world never really grasp these which makes for a hard time. Miss nine and I are both hanging out for the next one.
Sarah Maddaford
Clementine is just like every child that doesn't quite fit into the school system. She is so similar to me that it almost hurt to read some parts. My little sister was the easy one too. I had anger management problems, attention problems, and problems with other kids including sharing. I did all sorts of things in school that could be considered as bad or worse than cutting a friend's hair, but only got sent to the principal's once.

This book does a really good job of showing that parents can su
Reetta Saine
Hienosti kirjoitettu vinkkausläjään kuuluva romaani Klementiinasta, joka keskittyy - mutta muiden mielestä vääriin asioihin. Helppous, luovuus, idearikkaus ja perhe. Hyvä huumori, jossa sivulauseissa voidaan sanoa hyvinkin paljon.
Jan 24, 2015 Jenny rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Clementine is a spunky, intelligent girl...and quite a handful. She calls her brother Radish, Turnip and other vegetable names. She always insists she was paying attention (and she was...just never to what she was supposed to be paying attention to). She ends up in the principal's office on multiple occasions (most of which I think the teacher could have handled..l certainly would have...) because she is impulsive and doesn't think about the consequences of her actions. She is the kind of kid th ...more
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“I have not had so good of a week. Well, monday was a pretty good day, if you don't count Hamburger Surprise at lunch and Margaret's mother coming to get her. Or the stuff that happened in the principal's office when I got sent there to explain that Margaret's hair was not my fault and besides she looks okay without it, but I couldn't because Principal Rice was gone, trying to calm down Margaret's mother. Someone should tell you not to answer the phone in the principal's office, if that's a rule. Okay, fine, Monday was not so good of a day.” 6 likes
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