The Talented Clementine (Clementine, #2)

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

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About this book

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 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.

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.


Clementine's class is putting on a talent show, but Clementine doesn't think she has any talents (unlike her friend Margaret, who has several talents and plans to do them all at once during the show.) Then, during the show rehearsal, Clementine realizes that no one is paying attention to any of the details, like what will happen when the cartwheelers fall off the front of the stage, or how to make the hula hoopers stop hula hooping. Clementine has found her talent. She's an excellent stage manager (even though the book calls her a director.)


I was disappointed with this book. I loved the original Clementine and laughed-out-loud throughout. This book was cute enough, but wasn't nearly as clever as the first. The character of Clementine didn't seem as fresh this time around; she seemed watered down. Additionally, the character of Margaret was much bossier--not the same kid who would have let Clementine cut her hair--and Clementine's teacher disappears halfway through the book. There were still the witty little Clementine-isms, and we are still left to wonder what her brother's name is. If you read the original Clementine then go ahead and read this one, but it is not a satisfying sequal to what I considered one of the best children's books of 2006.


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.

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.


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.


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

Nicole Disilvestro

1. I believe this book is a contemporary realism piece of literature. 2. The book is about a young girl named Clementine who finds out there is going to be a talent show at her school. She doesn’t feel she has a talent to perform in the show, and throughout her struggles she learns she has more talents then she thinks she has. 3. (A.)-I think this is a really accurate contemporary realism piece of literature because you can easily relate to the character and the events that take place in the story can easily happen to any child. (B.) I found this to be a very appropriate book with a lot of strong elements that make up contemporary realism. The plot deals with everyday events, a lot of children have school talent shows, and many children are insecure about their talents. The style of writing is very comical and very witty and really does make you enjoy being apart of Clementine’s story. The setting and the characters have a lot of details, which really helps engage the reader. (C.) The beginning of story when Clementine finds out about the talent show was my favorite part of the story because it really is easy to relate to her. The panic and insecurity of not knowing what your talent is brought me right back to elementary and middle school. It is really detailed and is really relatable for the reader. 4. I would love to use this book in my future classroom someday. It was such a sweet story and was really relatable that I think children would love this. I personally would like to read this book with future students simply for them to have their love of reading grow.


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

Victoria Long

This is such a humorous book and Clementine will keep you chuckling. Her thoughts are relatable, but the wittiness and clever remarks keep you entertained. Clementine struggles with finding a talent for the talent show, but ends realizing that she does not have to learn a talent, because she is already talented. Her creative ideas and opinions keep the story interesting and the talent she performs is not what you think as you read. The pictures by Marla Frazee help paint a picture as you read and her cover deficits an important even in the story. Penny packer has created a truly enjoyable read.

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

Madison Snow

Clementine is a spunky, young girl with a great sense of humor. Her intrigue for subjects and questions humored me throughout the book. The cover showing Clementine makes the book look inviting for a young kid since it is somewhat a "childish" picture. It also gives the audience some insight on what the book will be about...a talent show. The orange color goes along with her name which is a fun detail. The illustrations also continue in the book which help guide the young reader on the plot. I really enjoyed the illustrations; they helped a lot. Throughout the book we follow Clementine on her quest to find a talent. She asks for help from Margaret, Mitchell, and her parents. They guide her into seeing she is talented in many different ways. Through her trials of finding her talent she has many misadventures. I thought the event of making her own tap shoes out of beer caps was very funny and something silly a kid would do because they do not what it is. Towards the end of the story she is trying everything possible to get out of the talent show. When she arrives at the talent show she ends up becoming a stage director. I thought this was a fun twist and showed she was talented at something. Other parts of the book that I liked were her relationship with her brother and her crush on Mitchell. Her relationship with her brother was funny and I liked how she kept calling him different vegetable names. Clementine's crush on Mitchell was very sweet and gave a young love aspect to the book. Overall, I enjoyed this book but I would not read it aloud to a class. I think it is better suited for a free choice book.


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!"

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