I loved this book! The main character and narrator, Clementine, is a hilarious girl that reminds me of myself at her age. Clementine also reminds me of Junie B. Jones, which was my absolute favorite series as a child. Throughout the book, Clementine is nervous that her parents want to give her away because she is the “hard” child because she somehow gets herself into these sticky situations. She is always trying to help other people, but somehow gets in trouble for it every time! Whether it is for cutting her friend Margaret’s hair or using her mother’s fancy pens to draw hair on Margaret’s head, she was just trying to help a friend! Clementine is really just a sweet, misunderstood, girl.
Although Clementine would have been one of my favorites as a child, reading this book as an adolescent was still so enjoyable! I think that any parent would also love to read this to their children because many parents can relate to Clementine’s parents’ struggles and laugh at the absurdity of Clementine’s thoughts and actions. For example, one of my favorite parts in the book is when Clementine’s parents give her a kitten and she says that she has come up with the greatest name for it: Moisturizer.
Clementine is the first book in the Clementine series and I think that this would be perfect for young girls in the lower elementary grades that are first starting to read chapter books. They will be laughing at every page, especially the black and white illustrations. Even though the drawings are so simple, they add even more humor to this book. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book!
Reviewed by Emily Rice