Friday, July 3, 2009

Frindle by Andrew Clements

Today is a perfect day for a review by The Girl. She has two books to complete for summer reading, and this is the one chosen by the school. (The other is a book of her choice that must be at least 120 pages.) Since she'll be tested on the book when she starts 4th grade in the fall, I encouraged her to write a review to help her remember the story. And remembering all the kind words from my blog buddies, she agreed.

I haven't read Frindle by Andrew Clements, but according to the back cover, it's about a young boy who decides to call a pen a frindle instead of a pen. Nick becomes popular as the idea catches on in school, then across the country, all the while his teacher wants the madness to end.

by Andrew Clements
reviewed by The Girl (age 8)

Frindle was about this boy who said why should a pen be called a pen. Why not call it a frindle? This was a slow book. There's not a lot of action, and I love action books. I liked it, but it was not my favorite. I will read it again maybe.

Well, that's all I could get out of her. At least she's honest (and painfully so at times). I'm not sure what book she plans to read for her second summer reading selection, but she's reading about 5 books right now. Stay tuned.

Disclosure:  The Girl borrowed Frindle from the library. 


Sandy Nawrot said...

My daughter had to read "No Talking" by the same author last summer when she was going into 5th grade. It was not exactly her favorite either. I can't comment because I haven't read anything from this guy!

bermudaonion said...

The idea of the book sounds like it could be a lot of fun - too bad it didn't deliver. Thank The Girl for her honest review!

Book Escape said...

She read it already for next year! She's on top of things.

I have to say, the idea of the book didn't sound like much fun to me.

Serena said...

I love that she can read more than one book at a time. It sounds like an interesting concept for a book, but was not executed well enough to keep her attention.

Though maybe she's still in vacation mode and not interested in talking about it. LOL

wisteria said...

To The Girl:

I actually loved this book and have read it to my 3rd grade classes. I agree it is not an adventure book. Do you read the Magic Tree House books? or Nancy Drew mysteries? They have a lot of adventure. If you like fantasy, Jennifer Mudrey's Toad, by Bruce Coville is pretty funny. The toad talks.
I liked your honest opinion though. Take care...keep reading, Wisteria

Anna said...

Sandy: Me neither. The Girl said she wasn't opposed to reading something else by this author in the future.

Bermudaonion: She says, "You're welcome!" ;)

Book Escape: Me neither. She has 2 books to read over the summer, and they're having a test on this one. I made her get an early start on it, and I'm glad I did since it didn't grab her.

Serena: Usually she reads one book at a time, maybe two, but I think she's in vacation mode and needing something to really grab she keeps looking.

Wisteria: The Girl says thanks! She does read the Magic Tree House books, and thanks for the author recommendations. I'll keep those in mind for her.

christina said...

Aww, Anna, I'm sorry that The Girl didn't enjoy Frindle. I read it to my lower-level 8th graders years ago and they got such a kick out it. In fact, even now Andrew Clements is a hit with my 7th graders.

Still, you should be so pleased as a mother to have a daughter who can multi-read. That's a huge accomplishment! :))

Cheers to you both and happy reading.

Anna said...

Christina: Thanks! I don't think The Girl was too pleased to be told what to read over the summer. I wonder if that had something to do with her disappointment. I dunno.