"Lauren Child is so good it's exhilarating." The Independent One of today's most successful creators of children's books, Lauren Child is the winner of several awards, including Highly Commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal for Clarice Bean, That's Me. Lauren lives in North London.
Gr 1-4-In this follow-up to Utterly Me, Clarice Bean (Candlewick, 2003), Clarice prepares for a spelling bee, hopes to land a good part in a play, tries to please a teacher, and is supportive of a friend. She continually employs the mind-set of her favorite book/TV detective, Ruby Redfort, to try to keep out of trouble and to help others. However, Clarice discovers that sometimes being a real friend is worth being in big trouble. The childish language and writing style will attract fans of Barbara Park's "Junie B. Jones" series (Random) and random sketches and font changes should help keep the interest of young readers. The novel begins well, slows down, and picks up again toward the end. Loose ends leave readers to assume that unanswered questions will be addressed in future books. While the story is somewhat disorganized and some readers may not be satisfied by its conclusion, overall it is appealing.-Amanda Rose Conover, St. John's County Public Library System, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
What Bridget Jones is to thirtysomethings, Clarice Bean is to pre-teens: full of funny one-liners, doing her best to overcome her shortcomings, prone to embarrassing mistakes and good at heart ... The story, like Child's doodles, is witty and charming and crams a lot of meaning into apparent simplicity ... We can't get enough of Clarice Bean. -- Sunday Times 20040901
PW called Clarice Bean, who graduated from picture books to chapter books in Utterly Me, Clarice Bean, "once again,... utterly a charmer." In the heroine's second paper-over-board chapter-book adventure, Clarice Bean Spells Trouble by Lauren Child, she is again obsessed with Ruby Redfort, the 11-year-old secret agent star of her book, and attempts to help a friend by following fictional Ruby's rules, all this while preparing for a spelling bee and attempting to land a leading role in The Sound of Music. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.