Author: Sara Pennypacker
Publication information: Sep 12 2006, Hyperion Books for Children
Genre: Children’s fiction
Number of pages: 136
I think that this is a great book for kids and adults, too. I like Clementine’s thoughts that she thinks of paying attention.
This is story about a girl named Clementine with unique thoughts. Clementine is an 8 year old girl. Clementine is always impeached of not paying attention and is sent to the principal’s office often. One day Margaret and Clementine were both in the art room and Margaret left out to go to the bathroom. She was gone for a long time so Clementine asked to go to the bathroom too. When she got there Margaret was crying because she had glue in her hair and tried to fix it by cutting a big clump of hair out of her head. Clementine tried to help her to feel better so she decided to cut the other side to match it. It didn't look too well so they decided to cut all of her hair off. She's sent to the principal’s office for cutting off Margaret’s hair. Also, Margaret's mother was mad at her. Then, she was sent to the principal, again. Consequently, Margaret stopped speaking to her. Nevertheless, clementine started with yucky eggs and got worse. However, even her mother was mad at her.
The author has created a great character with a voice definitely. The illustrations of this book are good. The pictures are drawn with pencils and painted in black and white. The illustrator was very careful to draw pictures that show the emotions of the characters. Clementine is always hearing, “pay attention”. The author reminded me of a child who would be diagnosed with ADD or ADHD.
I was deeply impressed with Clementine’s unique thinking. Many adults teach their children to think same way because they do not want their children to be peculiar person. However, Clementine thinks and helps people in her own way and feels free to take her own way. I think that parents and teachers had better allow children to think...