Bibliographic Information: Clements, Andrew, and Brian Selznick. Frindle. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster for Young Readers, 1996.
Brief Annotation: Nick has always been the class trickster. In third grade he turned the class into a tropical paradise! However when trying to pull a prank in Mrs. Granger’s fifth grade class, he is given an extra assignment to write and give a presentation on where words come from. after learning the history of words, he decides to invent a new word, calling the word pen “frindle.” Frindle catches on and pretty soon all the students are using the word. Mrs. Granger attempts to punish the students for using the incorrect word, but it gets out of hand and people outside of the school are using the word!
Grade Level: 3-5
Reader who will like this: Students who enjoy using their imagination will like Frindle. They will find the book humorous and may even be able to relate to Nick.
Rating/Response: 3. I enjoyed Frindle because I found the plot to be unique compared to other stories I have read. I liked the idea of Nick creating his own word because it makes me question the whereabouts of other words.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: What is frindle?
Reading Strategy: Free Choice (Chapter)
Rationale for Strategy: I chose Frindle because it explores the reasoning behind how words came to be. I believe students will find interest in this peculiar plot and engage in their imagination.
Posted by: Kelsey Peterson