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Book Reviews, Penelope Crumb Follows Her Nose, by Shawn K. Stout

Book Reviews, Penelope Crumb Follows Her Nose, by Shawn K. Stout
Penelope Crumb Follows Her Nose by Shawn K Stout
Series: Penelope Crumb #1
Published by Quercus on 4 July 2013
Format: Paperback

Penelope Crumb has her grandpa's nose. She'd love to meet the rest of him, but her family haven't seen him since her dad died. So one day Penelope and her friend Lizzie Maple set out on a quest across town to track down Grandpa Felix. But what if Grandpa Felix doesn't want to be found? Penelope Crumb, however, is not the type of girl to take no for an answer. A hilarious story about complicated families, loyal friends and big noses, with all the humour of Clarice Bean and all the heart of Jacqueline Wilson.



Star rating: * * * * * 5 out of 5

I had not heard of Shaun K Stout before but I was excited to read this book because it seemed different to other books. I liked the idea of a girl (Penelope Crumb) trying to find her Grandpa.

Penelope Crumb is one of my favourite book characters because she is a girl who likes mysteries, which is a lot like me. She also has a brother who seems to be an alien, and I know how that feels! It would be fun to have a friend like her as she is always on some kind of adventure and although she does crazy things, she does them for kind reasons.

I think it’s funny that she calls her brother Terrible instead of Terrence, because he became terrible when he turned 14. He is so terrible that Penelope collects signs that he is an alien, so she can share them with NASA.

I think it is sad that Grandpa Felix disappears after his son – Penelope’s dad dies – because they must all feel unhappy but they can’t make each other feel better. I also think it is a bit strange to have a mum that draws people’s insides for a job!

I give this book 5 stars because it is exciting and I like the character and I think it is a nice story for people who have big noses because it shows :

  • that things like that are not important because Penelope Crumb went for most of her life without noticing it
  • that it’s good to have special features that link you to other people in your family (Penelope has the ‘Crumb’ nose, just like her dad did) and
  • it might have special powers.

What I say is it doesn’t matter what size your nose is – big or small – you should read this book!



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