Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker - review

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker. Age 7-10. Loved this. Subtle and slapstick at the same time. I like the character: Clementine is the sideways-thinking sitting-still-challenged daughter of boho city dwellers - think Pippi's great-grandniece. I like the plot: she gets in trouble as a result of actions that seem perfectly logical from her point of view (which the reader shares). I even like the parents: they cherish her creativity and listen to her, but they react pretty convincingly when she cuts all her hair off and colors her head green with a Sharpie. Plus great illustrations. Happy it's a series. Thumbs up.