Let's hear it for another book for the younger set! Has Clementine lost her edge (from her introduction in Clementine) or is she still a Newbery contender? She makes me laugh! Who else has picked up this quick read that is a heartwarming contribution to this year's lineup for the younger side of the Newbery age range?
I do enjoy reading about Clementine. I'm glad it's on our list. I think I think too much about stuff that probably doesn't matter, but I couldn't get over her parents not having her take a bath and changing her clothes before heading to the shoe store. Just struck me as highly unlikely, but probably not something the intended audience would consider or care about.
I really liked the first Clementine, her character was fresh and new, but this book kind of fell flat for me. Maybe I was expecting too much because I sooo liked the first one. It's not that it was bad, it just didn't make me laugh out loud like the first one did.
That being said, I still think this is a great book for the younger crowd.
This was a cute book, but not an award winner, in my opinion. I thought a few moments relied too heavily on the previous book for it to be a stand-alone title. Also, perhaps my thoughts are colored by having read a few Junie B. Jones titles immediately before Clementine, but I didn't think the character was all that unique. Park might as well stop with Junie B. Jones before she gets to third (?) grade because the books have already been written--about Clementine!