So far in Sara Pennypacker’s Clementine series there are three books: Clementine, The Talented Clementine, and Clementine’s Letter. I wasn’t that crazy about Clementine, but I have thoroughly enjoyed The Talented Clementine, which I read a few days ago, and Clementine’s Letter, which I finished tonight. She is a clever, spunky, young girl, who cannot help getting into all kinds of trouble, even though most of the time her intentions are good. The books are very funny with the various situations Clementine gets herself into. In the latest, she has trouble at school adjusting to a substitute teacher and the idea that her regular teacher may not be there for the rest of the year.
One of the best parts of the whole series is the various nicknames Clementine uses for her baby brother. Since she was given a food name, she thinks her brother should have one too. Every time she refers to him, she has a new vegetable nickname: Squash, Water Chestnut, Spinach, Scallion, Bok Choy, Cabbage, Broccoli, etc. I’m not sure his real name is ever used in any of the books. That’s just a taste of how amusing these books are. I highly recommend them especially to fans of Judy Moody by Megan McDonald, another great middle reader series.