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


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


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.

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.

Amy Brown

This is the second Clementine book and it's fantastic. Clementine is worried because her class is doing a talent show to raise money and Clementine doesn't think she has a talent. As a result she tries all kinds of different talents and ideas to try to come up with something she can do the night of the show. Clementine is a great character, one I like more than Junie B. Jones. She has lots of ideas and imagination which sometimes get her in trouble but she is so likeable and funny that no one stays mad for long. This is a great book for kids who like Gooney Bird or Junie B. Jones or Judy Moody.


Just two of Clementine's interesting perspectives..."My parents think I have a hard time choosing things, but that's not it. I can choose things just fine. The problem is, whenever you have to choose something, that means you have to not-choose about a hundred other things. Which is not so easy.""When I was done writing, I curled my hand over my sentence, as if it were too private to share. Which is how you get a teacher to come and look at it. Sure enough, my teacher came over and took a look."


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


The Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker. This story is about a girl named Clementine who does not like participating in class. The story takes place in an elementary school in the 3rd and 4th grade where the school is fundraising to get money. It’s told through the eyes of Clementine who thinks she can’t do anything. Clementine struggles to find a talent before the school talent show which is called The Talent-Palooza, Night of the Stars! Clementine has the opportunity to do something special at the end of the show. Her teacher Mrs. Rice and her best friend Margret help her in difficult and weird situations. My favorite part of the story when Clementine got 3 desserts and ate them all. This was my favorite part because I started getting hungry and that part was really special for Clementine. My least favorite part was when Clementine begins doubting herself by saying ‘I can’t do this or that.” You shouldn’t doubt yourself. I would recommend this book to my friends because this book is really good to read and it is interesting. I will continue to read more books about Clementine.


The Talented Clementine is a story about a girl named Clementine who does not like participating in class. The story takes place in an elementary school in the 3rd and 4th grade where the school is fundraising to get money. It’s told through the eyes of Clementine who thinks she can’t do anything. Clementine struggles to find a talent before the school talent show which is called The Talent-Palooza, Night of the Stars! Clementine has the opportunity to do something special at the end of the show. Her teacher Mrs. Rice and her best friend Margret help her in difficult and weird situations. I think this book would be a great read for a 2nd or 3rd grader because it may help boost their confidence in themselves by reading about Clemintines experience in finding her true talent. Many children at this age may not think they are special or talented, but they just need the confidence and support to find their interests.


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.


Well I am absolutely in love with Clementine!! She us such a historical and adorable little character. In this book she is searching for a talent to perform at the talent show. She comes up with some rather funny options.... Tap dancing was my favorite (: but none of them are quite right. In the end her teacher capitalizes and clementines strengths and finds the perfect spot for her in the talent show. Such a good book. I'd recommend it for a read aloud. Reading groups or personal reading for grades 2-4.


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!"

Callie Stillion

This was my first Clementine book. Clementine, and her friend, Margaret, are in a talent show, Talent-Palooza, Night of the Stars! But no !!! for Clementine, who can`t find an act. But Margaret is going to find a way for Clementine to do something, because she doesn`t want a left-out-Clementine. There`s tapping to be done. Margaret is going to give Clementine her old tap shoes, but when she sees the size of her feet, Margaret yells, 'Your feet must be two times a large as mine! You`ll never fit into these!' So, Clementine decides to get caps off of beer, and super-glue them to her shoes. Well, that doesn`t turn out, and Clementine has to get new shoes! But, in the end, she gets to be the director of the Talent-Palooza, Night of the Stars, and it turns out OK!


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.

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!


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

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