Completely Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Marla Frazee

Published by Disney-Hyperion

Summary:  Changes are afoot for Clementine as she finishes up third grade and gets ready for a new baby sister or brother.  There are typical Clementine struggles, as she avoids saying goodbye to her third grade teacher because she is too sad and stops talking to her father because he refuses to give up meat.  Margaret’s mother is getting remarried, and Margaret and her father and brother invite Clementine to join them for an overnight at the Boston Park Plaza.  Being away for the night gives Clementine some perspective on her disagreement with her father, and in the morning, she finds there’s a surprise waiting that brings the family together again.  Grades 1-4.

Pros:  I haven’t read many of the Clementine books…okay, fine, I’ve only read the first one, but they are a fantastic series, perfect for beginning chapter book readers.  Clementine is a force to be reckoned with, a worthy successor to Ramona Quimby and Junie B. Jones.  Marla Frazee’s illustrations add to the delight.

Cons:  Rumor has it that this book, the seventh in the series, is the final one.

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