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Starred Review. Grade 1-4 Clementine is back for another adventure as she is chosen to be Friend of the Week. The honor has many important responsibilities such as leading the Pledge of Allegiance, collecting milk money, being line leader, and feeding the fish. At the end of the week, the third grader will get a friend booklet signed by all of her classmates telling her how much they appreciate her. Clementine's best friend, fourth-grader Margaret, advises her to give compliments to classmates all week so she'll get good comments in her booklet. The following day Clementine starts giving them to every person she comes in contact with, primarily based on appearance, which doesn't always work out as she planned. Just as she looks forward to the best week ever, things take a turn for the worse when her kitten goes missing. She forgets all about her promises to decorate her classmates' bikes for a bike rally and is afraid they will be disappointed in her. Little does she know how much they support and love her. Pennypacker's writing once again brings creativity, humor, and sensitivity to Clementine and her world. Black-and-white line illustrations grace the book, capturing the child's personality and varied emotions. A must-have for most collections. Fans will be in for another fun serving of their favorite girl named after a fruit. Janet Weber, Tigard Public Library, OR
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Popular Clementine is back, but the question is, how popular is she with her classmates? She’s been chosen Friend of the Week, but will the kids find enough nice things to write about in her friendship booklet? Best friend Margaret, a grade older, gets all weird when the topic of the booklet comes up. Pennypacker does a fine job of juggling a number of plotlines, especially when she ties the friendship booklet to Clementine’s missing kitten. Fans won’t be disappointed, and readers new to the series will enjoy this, too. Grades 2-4. --Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Series: Clementine
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; 1 edition (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423113551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423113553
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By greg taylor VINE VOICE on August 8, 2010
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The first reviewer gives away enough of the plot. I just want to say a few words about the quality of the series as a whole.
Sara Pennypacker is in the process of writing what may eventually be thought of as one of the best series for young readers in our time. Or she may evolve into someone who pounds out variations on the same formulaic plot. At this point, it is hard to tell. I am a great fan of these books and have read everyone of them to my daughters. This last one seemed to me to start to show signs that the author has perhaps stalled creatively.
So what is good about it? Clementine herself is funny, smart and very observant. My own girls love her and totally get her point of view. She is also remarkably kind-hearted. Combine that quality with her powers of observation and she always seems to know exactly the right thing to do to help people in the end.
I love her relationship with her brother. She refuses to call him by name. Instead she refers to him by an endless series of vegetable names. Her ability to never use the same name twice is awe-inspiring and displays a wry wit on the part of the author.
Another thing I like about the series is Clementine's friend Margaret. Margaret is a more complex character than Clementine and brings a sort of desperate self-assurance to every situation. I like the way Clementine regards her with both awe and annoyance. I think the author catches some of the nuances of the way young kids can be friends and occassional rivals.
Margaret and Clementine are really the center of the series. But Clementine's parents, Margaret's brother and especially Clementine's school principal all have their own charms and insights to offer.
And as mentioned by all the reviewers of the series the illustrations by Ms. Frazee are outstanding.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 26, 2012
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My first grader has developed a fondness for this series, since listening to the Clementine audio CD. We plan on checking out the books as well. When third grader Clementine gets picked as friend of the week, she is predictably over the moon! The perks include being line leader, collecting lunch money, and feeding the classroom pet. But then, as always, Clementine goes a bit overboard. She gets her close friend Margaret to help her get on her classmates' good sides so that they will write wonderful things about her in the booklet that is customarily given out to the friend of the week. Will Clementine save her friendship with Margaret before it is too late?

The narration on the audio CD by Jessica Almasy is fun and credibly done, and is unabridged on two CDs, and runs for 2 hours.

P.S. Since my last review, I purchased the book for my daughter and she has finished reading it. She loves the story! My daughter said, "There are plenty of good lessons in here mom!"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Spurlock on November 19, 2011
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My daughter just finished reading Friend of the Week; this was her very first chapter book that she read on her own. She loved the book. Clementine is a great character who experiences ups and downs and works her way through a variety of situations. She is fun, a problem solver, creative, smart, and considerate. She is a fine character to have kids reading about and sympathizing with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rshuck on June 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
Clementine, Friend of the Week (2010)
Sara Pennypacker and pictures by Marla Frazee

Aesthetic readers will enjoy this realistic fiction chapter book by Sara Pennypacker because of the expert characterization and first-person point of view portrayed in Ms. Pennypacker's writing style.

We are immediately immersed in the deep and comical thoughts of Clementine, a third grade girl who is chosen to be the Friend of the Week at school. This means she gets to feed the class fish, be first in line, assist the teacher, and, best of all, receive a booklet filled with all of Clementine's "valuableness", as her best friend Margaret states.

A character foil unfolds between Margaret, who is prim, proper, organized, and always the best at everything, and Clementine, who is directly opposite of Margaret. Other secondary characters include Clementine's mom, dad, and brother. The reader will enjoy learning about Clementine's family and how she interacts with them. Some humorous, reoccurring details are the names Clementine gives to her younger brother. She thinks that since she got a food-related name, he should too. So she just replaces his name with the name of a vegetable like Turnip, Broccoli, Corn Kernel, and Pea Pod!

The setting of this story is school, mainly Clementine's classroom and the playground, and Clementine's apartment. This story takes place during the week that Clementine gets to be "Friend of the Week".

Ms. Pennypacker's writing style includes an array of common, melodic, rich, and emotional words. Even fun words like "valuableness" that a third or fourth grader would actually say.

Clementine decides to do things for her classmates so that they will "write great stuff" about her in her booklet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jrmspnc on March 3, 2015
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Clementine is a third-grader and budding artist whose dad is the super of an apartment building in Boston. Sorry that her baby brother does not have a food name like hers, she bestows vegetable nicknames on him like "Turnip," "Corn Kernel," and "Mung Bean." In this fourth book in the Clementine series, Clementine is selected to be "Friend of the Week" for her class; her classmates will fill out a book describing why they are glad Clementine is in their class. Before she can read the book, though, Clementine must figure out why her older friend Margaret is mad at her and deal with the tragedy of a missing kitten.

Clementine is a delightful narrator. Unlike so many narrators of young reader books, there is nothing insincere, sarcastic, or cynical about her. Her affection and appreciation for those around her, even those like Margaret who are difficult to get along with, is apparent throughout. When she gets in trouble it's because of her desire to do things for others (such as offering free tattoos - made with markers, of course - to her schoolmates). In short, she is a refreshing contrast to the Greg Heffleys of kid lit. The story is greatly enhanced by Marla Frazee's illustrations which are - there's no other way to put it - adorable.

Both of my daughters have enjoyed the Clementine series. My younger daughter is not a giant fan of chapter books yet but will engross herself in a Clementine book without any hesitation. These are the books that parents should encourage their younger children - say second and third grade - to read.
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