I agree with Jaquelyn Mitchard's review and her statement, "I wish I'd written it!" I read about this book in Book Page from the local library and immediately put it on reserve - it wasn't even out yet! Mind you, I'm a 50-something empty nester! But I LOVE great children's books and this is DEFINITELY going to be a classic. Clementine is the gutsy, imaginative, free-spirited girl we all wanted to be. Author Sara Pennypacker is sheer genius! I laughed out loud all the way through and constantly found myself marveling at this phrase or that. Like this one - "I jumped up and gave my dad a kiss right where his beard stops being crunchy." Hilarious!
And if the characters and quirky scenarios and crazy plot lines weren't enough, Marla Freeze gives us the perfect pictures of Clementine in all her glory. An award-winning combination if ever there was one!
My kids are grown and off at college, but I've already decided to start a Clementine collection for my future grandchildren. Bravo, Pennypacker & Frazee! Bravo Clementine! Can't wait for the next one!