Penelope Crumb would LOVE Ramona Quimby! And might even name her eyebrow "Marge."
Penelope Crumb is no ordinary fourth grader. She carries around a red toolbox that used to belong to her father (who's been dead since Penelope was a baby), she keeps a list for the government chronicling the many ways in which her brother is turning into an alien, she helps her home-schooled neighbor Littie with her many projects--including the construction of a marshmallow helmet--and also, she can draw pretty much anything. So when her best friend Patsy has to draw a picture of Penelope for class, she attributes the big nose Patsy gives her to Patsy's poor art skills. But then Penelope finds out that it's true! She does have a big nose! Just like her Grandpa Felix, who's been gone from her life since before she can remember. What follows is a sweet and funny story--with tons of heart and hijinks-- about Penelope finding her grandpa and using her big nose--and his big nose--to make her family whole again.
Praise for PENELOPE CRUMB
“Fans of Clementine and Ramona will cheer as new friend Penelope finds what she is looking for.”--Kirkus Reviews
“Like such popular fourth-grade narrators as Amber Brown and Lucy Rose, Penelope Crumb has definite ideas and big dreams . . . ultimately, Penelope’s desires to connect with her relatives (even the 14-year-old brother who has changed so much she considers him an alien) bring the Crumb family together in a sweet and satisfying way.”--Booklist
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Shawn K. Stout has an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is also the author of the Fiona Finkelstein books. She lives in Maryland with her husband and baby daughter.Review:
"In this auspicious series launch...Stout (the Fiona Finkelstein books) deals with serious topics, such as the hole left in Penelope's life by her father's death, with a light touch, giving Penelope a memorable narrative voice full of quirks." (Publisher's Weekly)
"...readers who enjoy this genre will be pleased to make her [Penelope's] acqaintance." (Horn Book)
"Stout tackles surprisingly serious family problems from the honest viewpoint of a child...Penelope will delight children and parents alike." (Shelf Awareness, starred review)
"Penelope is an intrepid heroine with a unique and frequently amusing narrative voice...This would be a natural tie-in with a unit on family history or a satisfying readaloud selection, and kids who have outgrown the Junie B. Jones series will enjoy Penelope's equally comical narrative style." (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. Recommended)
"Readers will enjoy meeting self-assured Penelope...It's refreshing to find a protagonist who doesn't define herself through the remarks of her classmates." (International Reading Association, Reading Today)
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Book Description Philomel Books, 2012. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110399257284
Book Description Philomel Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0399257284 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1075360