Clementine and the Family Meeting
Publication Date: September 2011
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Clementine's having a nervous breakdown. The FAMILY MEETING! sign is up in her house, and she just knows she's in trouble for something. Has she been too mean to her little brother? Too sloppy? Eating too much junk food? Try as she might to find out what's on the agenda, her parents won't reveal anything before the meeting. As far as Clementine is concerned, the agenda should be something like: "We're getting a gorilla." But no, it's something entirely different. "We're talking about a new baby," says her father. "A brother or sister for you two. What do you think about that?" NO THANKS! is what Clementine thinks. After all, four is the perfect number for a family. There are four sides to a table, not five. Will Clementine learn to make room for one more?
Readers will chuckle at Clementine's unique perspective on the age-old issue of sibling rivalry.
Marla Frazee has illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including "God Got a Dog" by Cynthia Rylant; "Stars "by Mary Lyn Ray; "All the World" by Liz Garton Scanlon, which received a 2010 Caldecott Honor; "Everywhere Babies" by Susan Meyers; and "Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild!" by Mem Fox; as well as her own "Farmer and the Clown"; "Boot & Shoe"; "The Boss Baby"; "Walk On!"; "Roller Coaster"; "Santa Claus the World's Number One Toy Expert"; and "A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever", which received a 2009 Caldecott Honor. She is also the illustrator of the bestselling Clementine chapter book series by Sara Pennypacker. She lives with her family in Pasadena, California. Visit her at MarlaFrazee.com.