Penelope Crumb

Move over Ramona, Clementine and Judy Moody. Penelope Crumb is the new girl in town!

Miss Stunkel’s third-grade art class is Penelope Crumb’s All-Time Favorite subject. She loves drawing pictures, especially when they’re of her best friend, Patsy Cline Roberta Watson. But Penelope gets a horrible shock when Patsy draws a picture of HER – with a great big nose. Good gravy, that thing is enormous!
It wouldn’t be so bad if Penelope wasn’t the last person in the universe to notice the size of her nose. But an even greater shock is in store when her mom tells Penelope that she has the famous Crumb protuberance – not the nose of her father, who’s been Graveyard Dead since Penelope was a baby (leaving her with nothing except a red metal toolbox, a shoe horn and a few old photos), but the nose of Grandpa Felix – who Penelope had never even known was still alive.

With some help from Littie Maple across the way, and a lot of hindrance from her brother Terrible the Alien, Penelope resolves to sniff out the truth about that enormous thing in the middle of her face – and also the mystery surrounding her missing grandpa. Could it be that the Crumb nose has special powers – super powers? And is it possible that her nose is big enough to bring a family back together?

Rights details

USA/Canada: Philomel, Penguin USA (Summer 2012)

UK/Commonwealth: Quercus

Turkey: Artemis Yayinlari

French language rights: Editions ADA, Canada

Germany: Planet Girl

Good news

Bank Street Best Book of 2013

PENELOPE CRUMB has been chosen as a Bank Street Best Book of 2013 for ages 9 – 12:

Starred Review in Shelf Awareness

“PENELOPE CRUMB is the hilarious story of a fourth-grader determined to find out the truth about her family. She channels the quirkiness of Ramona Quimby and the detective skills of Cam Jansen.”

The Author

Shawn Stout

Shawn Stout’s (she/her) delightful Penelope Crumb rivals Ramona, Clementine and Judy Moody! As well as the PENELOPE CRUMB series, Shawn’s also the author of the FIONA FINKELSTEIN mini-series and the standalone novel, A TINY PIECE OF SKY.

She earned an MFA in Writing for Children at Vermont College of the Fine Arts in 2009 and lives in Frederick, Maryland with her husband and two dogs.

Shawn is represented by Kristin Ostby.

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