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Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate Book Review

Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate | Book Review

Review by Maya Schulze, Age 11
The Children’s Book Review | September 19, 2017

A Book Review for Kids by a Kid


Crenshaw by Katherine ApplegateCrenshaw

Written by Katherine Applegate

Age Range: 8-12

Hardback: 256 pages

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (2015)

ISBN: 978-1250043238

What to expect: Fiction, Fantasy

Jackson is tired of being poor and sometimes having to live in his car. He lives with his sister, his parents, and his dog, Aretha. He’s not only stressed about that, he also has to worry about being a fifth grader with an imaginary friend. Not just an ordinary imaginary friend, but an odd one… a silly one, that Jackson keeps finding in the bathtub. Crenshaw is a huge tabby cat, who loves purple jelly beans. But Jackson just moves on with life ignoring the fit state of having an imaginary friend. Jackson is feeling annoyed and thinks that his parents aren’t telling him everything he wants to know: Jackson wonders why they keep fighting, why the landlord keeps making visits to their tiny apartment, and he even wonders when his so called imaginary friend will just leave him alone. They go back to living in the car; then again they save enough money to live in another tiny apartment. Journey through this touching story of how Jackson learns how important it is to have a loving, trusting friend.

I really liked this book because it tells a story of how family and friends can have such a great  impact on your life. Also, I love cats and candy, so it was enjoyable to read about a giant, talking, jelly bean loving, furry friend. This story is definitely one of my favorite books, so far.

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Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate, was reviewed by Maya Schulze (age 11). Follow along with our articles tagged with , and , and Reviews by Children to discover more great books for kids.

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Maya Schulze is 11-years-old. She loves to read, ski, and play soccer. Some of her favorite books include Raina Telgemeier's SMILE, Aaron Becker's JOURNEY, Spencer Quinn's WOOF, and Katherine Applegate's CRENSHAW.

  • Great, insightful review! I’m looking forward to reading this book!

    September 19, 2017
    • We’re so glad you enjoyed the review and hope you enjoy the book just as much as Maya did!

      September 19, 2017
  • I really love this review! I will have to go and read this book as soon as possible. Thank you Maya for the helpful words of advice!

    February 27, 2018
  • Thank you so much Ellie! I’m really glad you like my review! 😀

    February 27, 2018
    • Your Welcome! 😀

      February 27, 2018
  • ;D

    February 27, 2018
  • 😀

    February 27, 2018
  • I love the book!

    May 13, 2020

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