Synopses & Reviews
Clementine can't believe her ears her beloved teacher, Mr. D'Matz, might be leaving them for the rest of the year to go on a research trip to Egypt! No other teacher has ever understood her impulsiveness, her itch to draw constantly, or her need to play "Beat the Clock" when the day feels too long. And in his place, he's left a substitute with a whole new set of rules that Clementine just can't figure out. The only solution, she decides, is to hatch a plan to get Mr. D'Matz back. If it means ruining her teacher's once-in-a-lifetime chance -- well, it's worth it. Isn't it?
andquot;This entertaining entrandeacute;e into the world of chapter books will leave young readers laughing, pondering and eagerly anticipating Graceandrsquo;s next adventure.andquot;andmdash;Bookpage
andquot;Easy for readers to relate to, and her voice is consistently funny, frank, and believable.andquot;andmdash;The Horn Book
andquot;Short chapters, frequent black-line illustrations, and Harperandrsquo;s sure voice as the blossoming Grace mark this as one of the better series for emerging chapter-book readers.andquot;andmdash;Booklist
Just Grace and the Snack Attack
andquot;[R]eaders will appreciate her straightforward, honest discussion of strong emotions they'll be sure to relate to.andquot; andmdash;Horn Book
Just Grace Goes Green
andquot;Girls who are settling into chapter book series featuring Clementine and Judy Moody will love the fast pace and familiar school and family situations. . . . Harperandrsquo;s sketches add interest and break up the text, leaving the new reader time to pause and smile.andquot;andmdash;Horn Book
Just Grace Walks the Dog
andquot;Graceandrsquo;s cartoon illustrations and charts enliven the conversational, first-person text. . .and#160;Her ruminations about the ways that peopleandmdash;and animalsandmdash;may not be what they seem will provide both entertainment and food for thought for a wide range of readers.andquot;andmdash;Kirkus Reviews
andquot;Harper has created a quick enjoyable read in this third 'Grace' book.andquot;andmdash;Library Media Connection
Still Just Grace
andquot;Harper's strength is her understanding of third-grade angst...she explores with a comic touch...Suggest this reassuring look at friendship and family to fans of Judy Moody and Clementine.andquot; andmdash;Booklist
andquot;Dealing with the problems of friendship and change in a lively way...a good addition to the middle-grade shelves.andquot; andmdash;School Library Journal
Booksense Summer Selection 2007
*andquot;The kids come alive in the story, and Harper, the author of several previous books, including the graphic novel Fashion Kitty (2005), enhances the comical goings-on with sparkling cartoon sketches. Equally delightful is the wry voice of energetic Just Grace, who never misses an opportunity to point out the injustices life has dealt her. Sheandrsquo;s a hero through and through. Give this to fans of Ann Nagdaandrsquo;s Meow Means Mischief (2003) or anyone looking for a funny book.andquot; andmdash;Booklist, starred review
andquot;Grace is a funny, mischievous protagonist who should easily find a place in the pantheon of precocious third graders. Fans of Amber Brown, Clementine, and Judy Moody will love her.andquot; andmdash;School Library Journal
In the sixth installment of the acclaimed Just Grace series, best friends Grace and Mimi take on a new adventure as mother's helpers when they learn Mimi's going to be a big sister! Playful and easy to relate to, Just Grace and the Terrible Tutu is perfect for emerging chapter book readers.
Grace is back to her zany antics again! Grace and Mimi have a secret: Mimi is going to be a big sister. To get ready, the girls try being "mother's helpers" to a family down the street, and Mimi begins to doubt her big sister abilities when 4-year-old Lily seems to like Grace best. But when Lily turns into a Terrible Tutu, Grace can't escape her! Can Grace use her empathy powers to shows Lily and Mimi the creative path towards a new friendship?
About the Author
Sara Pennypacker was a painter before becoming a writer, and has two absolutely fabulous children who are now grown. She has written several books, including Clementine
and The Talented Clementine
, illustrated by Marla Frazee; Stuart's Cape
and Stuart Goes to School,
both illustrated by Martin Matje, and Dumbstruck
. Sara lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Marla Frazee did the illustrations for the first two books in the Clementine series. She is author/illustrator of Walk On!, Santa Claus the World's Number One Toy Expert, and Roller Coaster. She is also the illustrator of The Seven Silly Eaters, Everywhere Babies,and a bunch of other books. Marla works in a small backyard cabin under an avocado tree in Pasadena, California.