Thursday, 3 October 2013
Review: Penelope Crumb Never Forgets by Shawn K. Stout
Released: September 26th, 2013
Patsy Cline is becoming best friends with another girl! It looks like Penelope is going to lose Patsy to Vera Bogg... forever. So Penelope starts a secret museum full of things that remind her of the people she loves, in case she loses them too. Lizzie Maple, who loves adventures, is on board to help. But other people seem to think 'taking their things for a museum' is the same as 'stealing'... and Penelope is suddenly in a whole lot of trouble! Can Penelope win back Patsy Cline? And can she figure out a way to create her memory museum without stealing things?
Penelope Crumb Never Forgets is the first Penelope Crumb book I've read, though there is another book in the series called Penelope Crumb Follows Her Nose. They're aimed at readers aged 8+ and are perfect for anyone looking for a fun, wacky book.
Penelope Crumb is quite crackers, though her heart's in the right place and she does actually make some sense. In this book, her best friend Patsy Cline has made friends with another girl, Vera Bogg, and Penelope is worried she will lose her friend. So she ends up taking something that doesn't belong to her and making her own museum of Forget-Me-Notters, items belonging to people she doesn't want to forget.
This book is all about friendship and memories and remembering people we've lost. It's a lot deeper than I expected, especially for a fun children's book, but it works. There's many a message hidden in Penelope's weird and wonderful ramblings, and I'm sure younger readers will find a friend in Penelope.
There are some cool illustrations included by Charlie Adler, who draws just as I imagine Penelope would. They're unusual and a bit strange, just like her, and they compliment the text really well. I enjoyed Penelope Crumb Never Forgets and I'll be on the lookout for the next book, Penelope Crumb Finds Her Lucky Stars, which publishes in 2014.