Jana Warnell, an elementary school librarian in Montana, will be guest blogging for us to kick off the back-to-school season. Check out more reviews and librarian insights from Jana at her blog, http://janasbooklist.blogspot.com/.
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
Running Time: 1.5 hours
Interest Level: K-5 , Reading Level: 4
Audie Award Winner
AudioFile Earphones Award
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
Are you looking for a quick story about a quirky girl? Clementine is for you. Clementine was written by Sara Pennypacker and is a fun book about a third grade girl and all the trouble she gets into. She is among the ranks of everyday girls in fiction, like Ramona and Junie B. Jones (but she is way smarter than Junie, which I love).
I won the audio book in a contest from Recorded Books. I had already read the print edition, but knowing what a unique voice Clementine is, I couldn’t wait to listen to the book to hear how the narrator handled her.
The narrator, Jessica Almasy, was excellent (she has an amazing body of work with Recorded Books, I look forward to hearing more of her books!). She had a younger voice, but not a babyish voice. While listening I was easily reminded why I loved Clementine in the first place. It was fun to hear how her personality came through in Jessica’s voice.
Clementine is a story that could easily be read “down” to it’s audience, but Jessica never does that. She makes you feel right there inside Clementine’s head. And it is a fun place to be! There are four books total in the Clementine series [Editor’s Note: Many available on audio exclusively from Recorded Books!] and I recommend them all, in print and audio.