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Penelope Crumb Follows Her Nose (2013)

by Shawn K. Stout(Favorite Author)
3.72 of 5 Votes: 1
1782062599 (ISBN13: 9781782062592)
Penelope Crumb
review 1: “Miss Stunkel’s art class is my All-Time Favorite. Don’t get me wrong, the rest of fourth grade is all right, I guess. But for me, drawing is like wiggling my toes in the ocean. It just feels good.”An adorable story about a true-to-life 4th grader who has a huge sense of humor as well as a huge nose. When she discovers that her nose is rather large she decides to try and locate her missing grandfather who apparently has the same large nose. So she becomes a nose detective to try and make her family whole again. Her Grandfather went missing when her father died and Penelope doesn’t know why, she was a baby and nobody talks about him. Even though she has to sneak around and break many of her mother’s rules, she feels finding her grandfather is worth all the punis... morehments in the world.This is truly a lovely story about a young girl with a wonderful imagination that really makes the best out of every situation. I laughed my way through this book. The language was wonderful as well as the illustrations. Penelope is a young girl that we would all be proud to have as a friend. For those who loved the character Ramona or Clementine, they will love Penelope too. I hope this author writes more about this fabulous character!
review 2: Nine year old Penelope Crumb was unaware that she had a big nose that was, until her best friend Patsy Cline drew a portrait of Penelope displaying her enormous nose for their entire fourth grade class to see. For Penelope, she never noticed that there was anything different about her nose, but now that she did, it was hard to than unnotice it. Penelope’s mother informed her that she actually had the Crumb nose, her Grandpa Felix’s nose to be exact. She wished it was her dad’s nose, because then she would have proof that he had existed; since she was a baby her dad had been Graveyard Dead. Penelope found out that her Grandpa Felix was not dead, like she had previously thought, and started to ask a lot of questions about him. Her mother was reluctant to provide any answers or to even broach the subject. Penelope was given an assignment in school where she had to become a detective and uncover information regarding her family history. Now, more than ever, it was important to find her Grandpa Felix. But, trying to find someone you have never met and your mother never wanted to talk about might prove difficult. Penelope embarked upon an adventure to find her long-lost grandpa and to connect with the only other person she shares her nose with. Penelope Crumb was a hilariously charming, true-to-life story written by Shawn K. Stout. With a whimsical cover, Stout’s book was definitely marketed for tween girls, although, juvenile boys should give it a read. Penelope’s character was imaginative, curious, and obsessed with death and those are qualities that younger boys can relate to just as much as girls. Stout’s book also had super cute illustrations that captured the essence of the characters and the story. The central plot concentrated on Penelope’s humungous nose. Many younger teens will sympathize with Penelope’s obsession over her nose, because that is a time in their life when appearance and looking a certain way in order to fit in is magnified. What was so great about Penelope’s character though was her capacity to embrace her nose as being a part of her and not allowing the teasing to lead to feelings of insecurities. Once Penelope was told that her nose resembled her Grandpa’s, then she accepted it, because her nose was an embodiment of her family. Tween readers will learn through Penelope’s story that your physical appearance makes up only one part of who you are, and it is a unique link to your heritage. Shawn K. Stout’s book would make an excellent group read, because juveniles will have the opportunity to engage in discussions on what makes certain physical attributes attractive, but also to help empower them to welcome outward differences of individuals. less
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3.5 Good, smart,artistic,funny female protagonist. Death book. I worry it's a hard sell to kids.
Still looking for another strong girl character for Clementine etc fans but this was not it. NB
So cute and the view from Penelope is sometimes hilarious.
Dident read it
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