In her first novel since winning the Newbery Medal, Katherine Applegate delivers an unforgettable and magical story about family, friendship, and resilience.
Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There's no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again.
Crenshaw is a cat....more
Issues: sensitive issues explored .....through creative compassionate storytelling by a very skillful author.
Once I started it - I could not put it down.
Jackson - our 11 year old narrator is a little ‘too adult’... at times... but oh sooo lovable!!!!He’s aware of his parents struggles - the family problems - and wishes to help.
Thank goodness Jackson has an imaginary friend tha ...more
“I can see my imaginary friend. I can hear him. I can talk to him. He is using a towel.”
Crenshaw is the type of book that should be read in school. It reads simple but packs a punch and delivers a very important message. Crenshaw is about a young boy going through a very difficult time with his family. His family has hit a real low with their fiances and they find themselves having to sell their belongings just to be able to eat most nights. They've also been reduced to sleeping in ...more
This surprising little book packs an emotional punch. Jackson's parents are in serious financial trouble; their stressful circumstances are taking a toll on Jackson. Mom and Dad remain cheerful and upbeat, putting on a happy face for their kids, but Jackson is no dummy. He knows times are bad and, whether he likes it or ...more
Some of their toys and stuff had to be sold in garage sales and once, the father sat on a corner and had to ask for money. Crenshaw ...more
The book is clearly for children but I'll be damned if adults (no matter if they already have children of their own or not) can't learn a lot from it too!
The story is about the boy Jackson, his parents and his little sister Robin. The parents are failed musicians turned whatnots and they are in deep financial trouble (also ...more
This is a lot more sad than I was expecting it to be. Homelessness is rough, and this book shows some of the stress and anxiety involved in that.
I think this book focused a bit too much on Jackson's past experiences rather than on what is happening with him and his family in the current timeline. I also thought we were going to spend more time with Jackson and Crenshaw together, but Crenshaw is less present than I would have hoped. I enjoyed the story, reading it in one sitting, but ...more
As I read I found a favorite quote and said oh, I need to remember the page. Turns out it was 222, my favorite number. "Imaginary friends are like books. We're created, we're ...more
Why do you have to understand everything? I like not knowing everything. It makes things more interesting.
This review is about K.A. Applegate’s 2015 children’s book Crenshaw. There are no spoilers in this review!
So What’s It About? (from Goodreads)
“Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There’s no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again.
Crenshaw is a cat. He’s large, he’s outspoken, and ...more
I did not realise until I started it that it was probably meant for 8 to 10 year olds, since the main character is about to enter 5th grade. But, you know what? I’m overjoyed that I read it. It was wholesome and pure and I’m not even a little bit sorry to have spent that ...more
With masterful characterization, Katherine Applegate has painted a portrait of a family struggling to make ends meet and the effects that has on the children in the family. Jackson remembers what it was like when his family had to live in their van, and he's afraid that those times are coming back. Now that he's entering fifth grade, he's old enough to want to do something about it, but how can he help when his parents want to keep him and his little sister in the dark?
This book discusses imaginary friends and the role they play in a child's life. Especially a child that needs to have an imaginary friend in his or her life because of what their reality is lacking. In Jackson's case, his ima ...more
I chose this as an audio book to listen to in the car with my kids on the way to school each morning. Their interest came and went, and I finally ended up finishing the book on my own.
I thought the story and message was pretty good, but it was based on bleak material - the struggle of a family against homelessness and ensuring they had enough to eat. Needless to say, the majority of the story was depressing, so perhaps not the best option for an audio book during these dark and dreary rainy morn ...more
The cat was supposed to be both invisible and magic. I had assumed that the story would be lighthearted and that the cat and little boy would get into all kinds of adventures. This book had a way more serious tone. It was about a struggling boy named Jackson. His mom lost her job and his dad has MS. They are poor and about to lose the ...more
The last thing Jackson wants is to live in the minivan again. But his family can't afford to pay rent, get food, or much else. When the overwhelming feeling returns, is there anywhere he can go for some relief?
Enter Crenshaw, Jackson's former imaginary best friend. He has no idea why the big cat has reappeared; its not as bad as he anticipated. What if the truth lies in the fiction?
Imagination is invaluable in the inbetween t ...more
Applegate's newest character, Crenshaw is a large black and white cat; he's sarcastic, wise, and loyal. To 10 year old Jackson he is a friend and forces Jackson to stay innocent and hold onto the magic in life, because Crenshaw is imaginary.
I read this book in one sitting. The message is beautiful. Applegate has done it again, writing childr ...more
As a teacher at a Title 1 school where the student population often experienced poverty and homelessness, I made many personal connections with this story which enriched my reading experien ...more
Jackson and Robin's parents are struggling to make ends meet. They are both artistic, and have tried to take whatever jobs they can to earn money, but Jackson's father has multiple sclerosis, and this makes matters even more difficult. When the family is behind on rent and low on food, they decide to hold a yard sale to try to make up the difference. About this time, Jackson is revisited by Crenshaw, a giant yet invisible talking cat who last appeared when he was younger ...more
“Imaginary friends are like books. We're created, we're enjoyed, we're dog-eared and creased, and then we're tucked away until we're needed again.”
This book is such a quick and enjoyable read! This book had themes of imaginary friends, friendship, family, financial issues, magic and sibling relationships. I enjoyed some of the analogues in this book, I felt Applegate did a good job of comparing two things to make one seem more understandable to younger readers.
"I felt like I al ...more
Gender - Female
Nickname - Beast.
Age - 8
Likes - mess, snails, cheese and adorable kittens
Dislikes - roadkill and onions
Random quote - "We can't have a pet rhinoceros because I don't like dung beetles"
Katherine has written three picture ...more