Penelope Crumb

Penelope Crumb

Book - 2012
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Fourth-grader Penelope Crumb's large nose leads to a family discovery.
Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, c2012
ISBN: 9780399257285
Characteristics: 211 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Docampo, Valeria 1976-


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cmlibrary_ecrites Jul 14, 2016

Penelope Crumb is an inquisitive and determined 4th grader on quest to find the Grandpa from whom she got her nose. Her father died when she was a baby and because sometimes words fail us and some situations are just too much to handle Grandpa Felix, her dad's dad, fell out of touch with the family. Penelope is too young to understand the hows and whys and just knows that she has discovered a family member she didn't know she had and that she wants to spend time with him. Our introduction to Penelope Crumb and her family is funny, witty and heartwarming. I was reminded, while reading this, of Anastasia Krupnik, a series I greatly enjoyed in my elementary school years.

mojdehghodoosi Jul 28, 2014

This book is perfect! Try it!

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

Most of the time when literary types use the term "unreliable narrator" they mean a main character who lies to readers because he or she doesn't want to admit the truth. Usually it means the narrator is untrustworthy and not a nice person with something to hide. Penelope Crumb, on the other hand, is unreliable as a narrator because she is so young and innocent, earnest and literal, determined to get to the bottom of things she doesn't understand. She is charming and relatable and never quite means to do wrong, things just somehow turn out that way. And she doesn't ever really lie, she just doesn't quite understand the meaning or impact what what she's doing or saying. She's a little too oblivious. But she's also charming and fun and very entertaining.

Penelope is in fourth grade, and her school assignments are colliding with her family life in unexpected and most eventful ways. The art portrait her friend drew of her has led Penelope to realize she has an unusually large nose, and talking to her mom about it has revealed she inherited it from the grandpa she thought was dead but who isn't. Now she is determined, for her school assignment to learn about her family history and make a coat of arms, to track down her missing grandpa and meet him nose to nose, even if it means skipping school to secretly travel around the city and knocking on strangers' doors, hurting her friends and upsetting her mom and teacher in the process. Will Penelope's bad methods or good intentions determine the final result of her adventures?

A deftly balanced mix of humor and heart.


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cmlibrary_ecrites Jul 14, 2016

cmlibrary_ecrites thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

mojdehghodoosi Jul 28, 2014

mojdehghodoosi thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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