The Talented Clementine (Clementine, #2)

ISBN: 0786838701
ISBN 13: 9780786838707
By: Sara Pennypacker Marla Frazee

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Winner or washout?When it comes to tackling third grade, Clementine is at the top of her game-okay, so maybe not all the time. After her teacher announces that the third and fourth graders will be putting on a talent show, Clementine panics. She doesn't sing or dance or play an instrument. She can't even hop with finesse. And as if she didn't feel bad enough, her perfect best friend, Margaret, has so many talents, she has to alphebetize them to keep them straight As the night of the big "Talent-palooza" draws closer, Clementine is desperate for an act, any act. But the unexpected talent she demonstrates at the show surprises everyone--most of all herself.This next Clementine book is sure to bring the house down!

Reader's Thoughts


I think this one might be even more hilarious than the first one. The school is having a talent show, but there's just one problem-- Clementine doesn't have a talent.I like this one partly because a lot of the adults that were flat characters in the first book (because, let's face it, in a kid's eye, most adults are flat characters) round out a bit more, especially the principal.I really just want to cut and paste a bunch of quotations, or possibly the entire book, but you just read it yourself. I will leave you with this:"But he ignored me, which is called Getting on with the Day when a teacher does it, and Being Inconsiderate when a kid does it."see all my reviews at


I liked it because Clementine, her mom, and her dad are very nice. Clementine did not know she had a talent waiting for her. She was upset because there was a talent show at her school. But, when she got to the talent show, one of her friends' teachers had to leave because her daughter was having a baby, so Clementine got to take that teacher's place and be the principal's helper at the talent show. It turned out that Clementine did have a talent: it was helping people! When the talent show was over, the principal had one announcement: "Thank you for coming to the talent show. Let me introduce Clementine." Clementine was embarrassed but also very happy because she had a talent after all.


Clementine reminds me of an older Junie B. Loved reading about things from her perspective. Great series for gr. 3-4 (level O) pg. 33 " And I learned the difference between crashed and smashed: crashed is easier to clean up. Also, I learned that coffee is easier to clean up when you spill it on a new brown rug. You hardly have to touch it at all!"

Cindy Plett

As a teacher of kindergarten, I have taught my share of clementines! This book cracks me up!!! Easy quick read perfect for a k-2 read aloud, although I just read it to my 4th grader and she loved it!


We all laughed through this one too. Even my 9-year-old, who rarely sits through me reading out loud, can't wait for me to read this. We'll get #3 out...more


The Talented Clementine is a sequel to Sara Pennypacker's Clementine. In this second story, Clementine faces a dilemma. Her third grade class is putting on a talent show, Talentpalooza, and she doesn't have any talents, not even cart wheeling or jumping rope. She tries unsuccessfully to talk her way out of participating, first by telling her teacher that her family is moving to Egypt and then by suggesting the school hire a substitute for her. In the end, Clementine proves to be an indispensable part of Talentpalooza.Narrated by Jessica Almasy who, according to School Library Journal, "skillfully portrays [Clementine's] spunky and delightfully humorous characteristics." Almasy expertly instills the story with enthusiasm and wit and is a joy to listen to.Recommended for grades 2 - 5


Just started The Talented Clementine which was loaned to me by my 6 year old granddaughter. She said, "Grandma, you HAVE to read this book." Can't wait to read the book that has her so excited.Finished it this morning and I loved it. It's the first Clementine book I've read and I can see why my granddaughter loved it. I found it to be laugh out loud funny and certainly encourages kids to look at and love those things about themselves that are unique. Can't wait to read the other two.


Haha, so charming! I laughed out loud more than once. Loved the illustrations too, especially the principal. :-)

K. Vela

The Talented Clementine This is a contemporary realistic fictional book will likely to appeal to young girls in grades 4-6.  Girls in this age group will be able to empathize with Clementine, the witty main character.  The illustrations help the readers visualize Clementine with her curly free flowing hair and her tomboyish outfits.  They also bring focus to her interactions with her family, peers, and teachers.  Clementine, like some girls her age, feels awkward around her classmates and teacher.  When the talent show is announced she is nervous and tries to find excuses not participate in it.  She thinks she has no useful talents, at least none that are good enough for a talent show.  Like many children she is unable to see her talents, but an unforeseen event brings out her unnoticeable talent.  I enjoyed reading this book.  What I liked best in this book series is that unlike some books written for this age group, this book is lighthearted and child friendly.  It is able to be humorous without using foul language or having ridiculously unrealistic characters or setting.  I found Clementine to be clever and amusing; she calls her little brother all sorts of vegetable names.  I would definitely read and recommend the books in this series. 

Alyse Liebovich

Clementine easily became one of my favorite characters when I read the original book a few years ago in my Children's Lit class. The Talented Clementine is its sequel, and I loved it just as much. This time Clementine is worried that she has no talents and therefore can't possibly take part in her school's "Talent-Palooza." She tries to keep up with her orderly, perfect-dressing, talent-ful friend Margaret, and also continues to be overprotective of her younger brother, who she still refers to as various vegetables (since she's named after a fruit). In the end, she becomes one of the most instrumental parts of the show and learns a great lesson that she is "one of a kind!"With lines like, "She [the school nurse] always looks bored, as if she's just killing time until a really good disease hits the school," and "The Ritz is the fanciest restaurant in Boston. It is very expensive, probably because it costs a lot to make all those crackers," you'll surely love this quirky, sassy 8-year-old as well.


Just like the first Clementine Book in the series, I loved this one too! It's the second book of Pennypacker's Clementine series in which Clementine has to come with something to do for the school talent show. She doesn’t think she has any talents, and when she does come up with one, her dad tells her no. when she goes to her friend Margaret to borrow one of her talents, she can’t get the hang of it. Clementine is down in the dumps because she thinks she is talentless, but she finds out differently when she gets know what it feels like to have people clapping for her. The pictures are funny and so is the story as you read and get to know more about the personality of Clementine in the Talented Clementine.


Despite being nothing at all like the Ramona Quimby books, they still remind me a LOT of them. In this edition, Clementine is left scrambling for an act for the talent show. She has, she says, NO talents. Not even hopping. No, really, at 8 years old she still can't hop, poor child. And no doubt it doesn't help that her "perfect" upstairs neighbor and friend has more talents than she can count.After rejecting tap-dancing (apparently, beer caps do NOT make acceptable taps when superglued to sneakers), moving to Egypt, and hiring a substitute, Clementine hits upon the perfect talent - leash her brother and perform Elvis! (It makes sense... sorta.) Unfortunately, her father nixes this idea and she ends up at rehearsal with nothing to do.Fortunately, her ability to notice everything but what she's supposed to pay attention to keeps her occupied instead of moping - and she ends up applauded as the last-minute stage manager, a believable and in-character happy ending. There were two false notes for me, both related to the tap shoes. First, when Clementine goes to buy new sneakers to replace the ones she ruined, her parents stage a big fight over who gets to take her (her father eventually bribes her mother with new shoes for herself AND a trip out to dinner at the Ritz) because she's a pain to shop with and insists on trying every pair of shoe so she can "not-choose" them before she chooses the ones she picked at the beginning. Reading about Clementine promising to "be normal" and not act like that... well, it breaks my heart, it does, and it seems out of character for her parents who typically seem pretty understanding of their daughter (not that they're overindulgent, just that they try to understand her). Secondly, at the end of the talent show they invite her to go to dinner at the Ritz with them, saying "we wouldn't even be going out if it weren't for you". To me, this reads as though they're rewarding her for ruining her shoes because they're only going out as the bribe for buying her new ones! It would have been better to say they're taking her to dinner to celebrate her starring backstage role in the talent show, I think.Still, the rest of the book is wonderful. And, as I said in the first book, I love how the author writes the sibling relationship. You *know* your sister loves you when she writes "NO NUTS FOR ME!" on your head before she feels safe leaving you in care of the babysitter.


I love Clementine! She's just as funny as Junie B, but makes quite a bit more sense :)


this book is so funny and I think whoever reads this report should read this book

Bridget R. Wilson

Clementine's back! Now in 3rd grade, Clementine's in trouble comes when her school decides to put on a talent show to raise money for their spring trip. Clementine can't believe her luck. She doesn't have a talent. Margaret (of the infamous hair cutting incident) unsuccessfully tries to teach Clementine how to tap dance. Clementine tries her best to find a talent, but she's thwarted from every angle. She worries and worries, but ends up saving the show. Clementine's habit of watching everything that goes on around her makes her the talent show's star director. Hooray for Clementine!What I thought: I can't get enough of Clementine and her sauciness. Her penchant for getting in trouble so reminds me of Beverly Cleary's Ramona. Her unique view on life always makes me laugh.

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