Frindle by Andrew Clements

A friend told me about Frindle by Andrew Clements, illustrated by Brian Selznick (originally published in 1996) early this year, and I immediately added it to my wishlist. When I came into the good fortune of an Amazon gift card recently, it was one of the three books I bought. The book is intended for readers ages 9-12.

I don’t normally pick up children’s books, let alone buy them. But this is an exception, and for good reason. Frindle is about a boy, Nick Allen, a fifth-grader. More specifically, this book is about what happens when Allen decides to create a new word, replacing pen with frindle.

It’s about creating a word! How could I not read that?

So I did read it (in just a couple hours), and quite enjoyed it. It’s a fun, fun book. It’s nice to read a book that portrays children eager to learn in a at least semi-positive light. If you like words, I’d recommend you read this book.

The book website. The authors website.

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5 responses to “Frindle by Andrew Clements

  1. Andrew Clements is for sure one of my favorite kid authors. But I don’t think I’ve read this one yet. I’ll have to fix that!

  2. On his website he said Frindle is his most successful to date; I think you’ll really enjoy it.

  3. Jennifer at Snapshot recommended this book to me a LONG time ago and I’ve been meaning to get to it but haven’t. Every review I’ve read of it is positive so I’m anxious to read it.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I myself love this book, even though it can be considered a quick read. It’s still portrays a great story. Especially when it comes to the fact that it teaches the reader to not give up on accomplishing something if it’s what they really want to do.


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