Penelope Crumb

Penelope Crumb

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by Shawn Stout
     
 

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 Penelope Crumb is no ordinary fouth grader. And when she discovers that she *gasp* has a big nose she's initially devastated. But when her mother lets her know that she has the same nose as her Grandpa, Penelope perks up. And then she perks up even more when she finds out that Grandpa isn't dead like she expected—he's just gone. And she decides that it's

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 Penelope Crumb is no ordinary fouth grader. And when she discovers that she *gasp* has a big nose she's initially devastated. But when her mother lets her know that she has the same nose as her Grandpa, Penelope perks up. And then she perks up even more when she finds out that Grandpa isn't dead like she expected—he's just gone. And she decides that it's her job to find him. A sweet and funny story with tons of heart and hijinx about Penelope using her big nose to bring her family together.

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Publishers Weekly
In this auspicious series launch, fourth-grader Penelope first learns that she has an oversize nose in art class. When a distraught Penelope shares this information with her mother, Penelope learns that she has the “Crumb nose” like her Grandpa Felix, who Penelope had always believed was “Graveyard Dead” like her father. This revelation, along with a school assignment to create a family coat of arms, sends Penelope on a search for her grandfather. After a few red herrings, Penelope finds Grandpa Felix and uncovers some family history. Stout (the Fiona Finkelstein books) deals with serious topics, such as the hole left in Penelope’s life by her father’s death, with a light touch, giving Penelope a memorable narrative voice full of quirks. (An aspiring artist, Penelope is “real good at telling what different kinds of faces mean,” so she fully recognizes when her mother is giving her “a look that says, We Are Not Going to Talk About This Anymore.”) Docampo contributes angular and stylized b&w images of Penelope (and her beaky schnoz) that add to the heroine’s considerable personality. Ages 7–10. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary Agency. (Aug.)
Booklist
“Like such popular fourth-grade narrators as Amber Brown and Lucy Rose, Penelope Crumb has definite ideas and big dreams . . . ultimately, Penelope’s desires to connect with her relatives (even the 14-year-old brother who has changed so much she considers him an alien) bring the Crumb family together in a sweet and satisfying way.”
Kirkus Reviews
Penelope Crumb's large nose links her to her mysterious grandfather, who, it turns out, is not Graveyard Dead. When fourth-grade artist and would-be gumshoe Penelope Crumb realizes she has a large nose, everyone, especially her older brother Terrible (really Terrence), laughs it off. How can she not have known? Her mother states that it is Penelope's late father's nose, and the girl is pleased to be linked to him. But when her mother throws out a comparison to her Grandpa Felix's honker, Penelope is surprised that her grandfather is not dead. He just has not been part of the family since Penelope's father got sick. This casual comment, and a class assignment about family stories, sends the youngest Crumb on a quest to find this mysterious Grandpa Felix. Told in a fresh, amusing first-person voice, Penelope is part adventurer (she and her best friend skip school, take trains and knock on strangers' doors in their search), part private investigator and part therapist as she tries to piece together the missing parts of her family's story. Her mother, a medical illustrator, is mostly in the background, studying and drawing and getting over her husband's death, but she succumbs to Penelope's powers by the end. Fans of Clementine and Ramona will cheer as new friend Penelope finds what she is looking for. (Fiction. 7-10)
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Praise for PENELOPE CRUMB

“Fans of Clementine and Ramona will cheer as new friend Penelope finds what she is looking for.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Like such popular fourth-grade narrators as Amber Brown and Lucy Rose, Penelope Crumb has definite ideas and big dreams . . . ultimately, Penelope’s desires to connect with her relatives (even the 14-year-old brother who has changed so much she considers him an alien) bring the Crumb family together in a sweet and satisfying way.”—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399257285
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/02/2012
Series:
Penelope Crumb Series, #1
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.82(d)
Lexile:
730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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Praise for PENELOPE CRUMB

“Fans of Clementine and Ramona will cheer as new friend Penelope finds what she is looking for.”--Kirkus Reviews

“Like such popular fourth-grade narrators as Amber Brown and Lucy Rose, Penelope Crumb has definite ideas and big dreams . . . ultimately, Penelope’s desires to connect with her relatives (even the 14-year-old brother who has changed so much she considers him an alien) bring the Crumb family together in a sweet and satisfying way.”--Booklist

Meet the Author

Shawn Stout (www.shawnkstout.com) has held many jobs, including ice cream scooper, dog treat baker, magazine editor, and waitress. Shawn has written two books, Fiona Finkelstein, Big Time Ballerina and Fiona Finkelstein Meets her Match for Simon and Schuster, and before that received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She live with her daughter, husband, and two dogs named Munch and Laverne in Frederick, Maryland.

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Penelope Crumb 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished the book in two days! I could have finished reading it in one, but I had other things going on. I don't think the rest of the series is at my school library, but they are probably available at my public library. Littie was a fun character in the story. She has a great personality. This is a great book for a book report. You can dress up as Penelope, bring in a stuffed dog, and alien toy, a red tool box and more things. You could also dress up as Patsy Cline at her All-Star Kids performance if you have a cowgirl outfit! I can't wait to read the next books in the series!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the actual book not too long ago! Great book! : ^}
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE!!!!!!! I am reading the book from b and n
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reading it with the actual book page70
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is super! From Mustachebaconpanda
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never read it but i will give it all stars. ~love kitkat360