Clementine, Friend of the Week (Clementine Series #4)

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Clementine has been picked for Friend of the Week, which means she gets to be line leader, collect the milk money, and feed the fish. Even better, she'll get a Friend of the Week booklet in which all the other third grade kids will write why they like her. Clementine's best friend Margaret has all sorts of crazy ideas for how Clementine can prove to the class she is a friend. Clementine has to get a great booklet, so she does what Margaret says. What begins as one of the best weeks ever may turn out to be the ...
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Clementine has been picked for Friend of the Week, which means she gets to be line leader, collect the milk money, and feed the fish. Even better, she'll get a Friend of the Week booklet in which all the other third grade kids will write why they like her. Clementine's best friend Margaret has all sorts of crazy ideas for how Clementine can prove to the class she is a friend. Clementine has to get a great booklet, so she does what Margaret says. What begins as one of the best weeks ever may turn out to be the worst. Who knew that being a friend could be so hard?
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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.—Booklist

Third-grader Clementine is gearing up for her reign as Friend of the Week. She will get to be the all-around helper in class and her classmates will sign her Friend of the Week booklet, writing reasons "why it's so great to have [her] around." All is well until fourth-grader Margaret brags that her own book was filled with compliments about her organization, cleanliness, and helpfulness. Clementine knows she won't get comments like those unless she takes action. Following Margaret's suggestion, our heroine sets out to pay compliments in order to guarantee some nice words in return. But, being Clementine, she has to do more, including drawing free-of-charge tattoos and promising all the decorations in her dad's closet for bicycle decorations for a bike rally. Clementine's campaign comes to a halt when her beloved kitten, Moisturizer, goes missing. Her new skills are now put to the real test as she, along with an unlikely helper, search for her pet. Readers will empathize with Clementine's emotional response to her missing cat and will cheer as she learns some things about herself and her best friend. Secondary characters, particularly older boy Mitchell and Clementine's understanding parents, add much to Clementine's life and make this a worthy addition to an already-excellent series.—Horn Book

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.—SLJ

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
What is not to like about the spirited Clementine? Recently named Friend of the Week, which carries with it the privilege to be the leader in all thing for the week as well as a booklet about her prepared by her classmates, Clementine is determined to have her booklet be as good as if not more perfect that Margaret's. Trying to look into Margaret's Friend of the Week book result in an explosive feud between the two but not before Margaret suggests that good things will be written if Clementine gives presents. Armed with that advice Clemetine tries compliments, which always seem to somehow get twisted, draws tattoos on her friends with markers—fortunately the washable kind—and offers her fathers treasure trove of decorations—with his permission—to her classmates to decorate their bikes for the annual parade. In the midst of her exciting week, disaster strikes when her new kitten Moisturizer disappears. Frantic with his loss she engages her parents in a massive search while despairing that she will ever get the great booklet she is hoping for. Help comes from an unexpected source when Margaret steps in the assist her friend with a clever plan to find the kitten. With Moisturizer found Clementine learns the secret about Margaret's booklet and gets a pretty great one for her self. Along the way Clementine learns a valuable lesson is just what makes good friends. Building on an already sound fan base, Pennypacker's latest adventure for Clementine does not fail to please. Clementine is just as spunky, Margaret is just as perfect and bossy, and the appearance of the ever-patient parents and the vegetable nicknamed little brother add comfort and continuity. The breezy text narrated in Clementine's inimitable voice is spot on. The pen and ink drawings capture all the sparkle and energy that is Clementine. It is another winner. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Clementine has been chosen as Friend of the Week for her class, and she's going to have the greatest week ever. She'll get to do all kinds of fun things like feed the fish, collect the milk money, serve as line leader, and more. But, best of all, at the end of the week, all of the kids will write in a notebook about everything that makes Clementine the best friend. Acting on suggestions from her friend, Margaret, Clementine sets out to make the best impression on her classmates so they will write extra-nice things about her. However, when Clementine's kitten goes missing, the glory of this special week is quickly forgotten and the sad little girl devotes herself to finding her beloved pet. The latest title (Hyperion, 2010) in the series by Sara Pennypacker takes listeners to the highest highs of third grade and the lowest lows of a young girl fearing she has lost something she loves. Narrator Jessica Almasy convincingly captures all of these emotions and perfectly matches her pacing to the tale's action. Clementine's fans will be transfixed by this reading, and those new to the series will come to love her through Almasy's pitch-perfect telling of Clementine's latest adventure.—Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library, UT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594194675
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Publication date: 8/15/2011
  • Series: Clementine Series , #4
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Pennypacker
Sara Pennypacker ( is the author of three previous Clementine books and Sparrow Girl, illustrated by Yoko Tanaka. She divides her time between Cambridge and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Marla Frazee ( has illustrated all of the Clementine books and many other beloved titles. She has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on two occasions, for All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, and for A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, which she also wrote. She lives in Pasadena, California, where she works in a small backyard cabin under an avocado tree.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    altime favorite

    i have all of the books in the series and i just love them she is very funny and i love reading the book and i even did a book project on it there needs to be more clementine i love them

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

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    Humorous, Fresh, and Unique!

    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. When Clementine's kitten, Moisturizer, is lost, promises that were made are broken and bonds that were broken are then repaired. Through this unique and humorous experience with Clementine, Margaret, their freinds and family, we learn that friendship is deeper than each other's annoying habits or will to be the best at everything. Friendship is when you find "the best friend a person could ever have," as Clementine describes it.

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