Penelope Crumb by Shawn Stout

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 Penelope Crumb is no ordinary fouth grader. And when she discovers that she *gasp* has a big nose she's initially devastated. But when her mother lets her know that she has the same nose as her Grandpa, Penelope perks up. And then she perks up even more when she finds out that Grandpa isn't dead like she expected--he's just gone. And she decides that it's her job to find him. A sweet and funny story with tons of heart and hijinx about Penelope using her big nose to bring her family together. 

About Shawn Stout

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Shawn K. Stout ( is the author of Fiona Finklestein, Big Time Ballerina and Fiona Finklestein Meets Her Match. She lives in Maryland with her husband and baby daughter.
Published August 2, 2012 by Puffin Books. 220 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Grandpa Felix, dealing with some changes in his own life, dispenses wisdom such as “Nothing is forever” and “Sometimes you just have to let go.” Inspired by a school field trip and fueled by her need to hold onto some part of all the people she loves, Penelope empties out her closet and makes it ...

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Told in a fresh, amusing first-person voice, Penelope is part adventurer (she and her best friend skip school, take trains and knock on strangers’ doors in their search), part private investigator and part therapist as she tries to piece together the missing parts of her family’s story.

Jun 06 2012 | Read Full Review of Penelope Crumb

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When a distraught Penelope shares this information with her mother, Penelope learns that she has the “Crumb nose” like her Grandpa Felix, who Penelope had always believed was “Graveyard Dead” like her father.

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City Book Review

Although I could read the book at age 6, I think the book should be read by boys and girls at least 7 years old, unless you’re a very good reader.

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Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that Penelope Crumb explores family issues affecting a 9-year-old whose father died when she was a baby (before the book begins).

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