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Clarice Bean, That's Me. Lauren Child


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Clarice Bean is 15! Celebrate with this special birthday edition of the very first Clarice Bean picture book.

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Lauren Child MBE is a multi-award-winning author and Waterstones 2017-2019 Children's Laureate, whose books are known and loved the world over. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort. Since her first book was published in 1999, Lauren has sold over six million books in 19 languages worldwide. Her many awards include the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, the Nestle Gold Book Award for That Pesky Rat and the Nestle Bronze Book Award for Beware of the Storybook Wolves. Lauren is a UNESCO Artist for Peace and a Trustee of the House of Illustration, and has an MBE for services to literature. She loves designing and making things and finds it exciting to see her drawings turned into objects. Other favourite things include the cinema, TV matinees, small Italian cars, handbags, cardigans, travelling and being picked up from the airport.


There is a trace of Eloise's voice in the cadence of Clarice's unfettered, stream-of-consciousness narrative, but her home is definitely not the Plaza. Forced to share a room with her younger brother, Minal Cricket, Clarice boldlyÄand occasionally outrageouslyÄexposes the family dynamics: "Sometimes I say, I haven't got time for all your nonsense. And he says, TWIT. And I say, Twit and a half. And he says, Twit with carrots in your ears. And then I flick his nose with my ruler, And he says, MOOOM, in this really whiny brother way." Later, after Clarice dumps a bowl of spaghetti on her brother's head, her mother advises her to think before she acts, and this young queen of the quick comeback responds, "And she's right. If I'd thought about it I would have put tapioca down his shorts." Graphically, these collage-like pages are as busy and spontaneous as Child's (I Want a Pet) exuberant, self-assured heroine. Stylized, childlike drawings appear against backdrops of flowered wallpaper, linoleum tile and photographs, while the text's fonts change as quickly and randomly as the amusingly opinionated Clarice's thoughts. Bright and brassy, this youngster will win over readers in a split second and will leave them hoping for more of her trials and tribulations. Ages 6-10. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

PreS-Gr 2-Having a large extended family living under one roof has both positive and negative points, according to Clarice Bean, who appears to be about seven years old. She longs for a little peace and quiet, a rare thing in a crowded house, especially since she shares a room with her younger brother, Minal Cricket. After she dumps a bowl of spaghetti on his head, she gets punished...or does she? "I am in such big trouble that I get sent to my room for 3 whole hours. Alone. I love it." The exuberant, childlike sketches are placed on boldly colored backgrounds with occasional photographs superimposed on them. The lively, busy format successfully expresses Clarice's boundless energy. Even the typeface is forever changing from script to bold, to wavy to vertical. The amusing endpapers show the entire cast of characters at home, each labeled, e.g., "Grandad (asleep as usual)" or "Mom (wondering where she's left her purse)." An entertaining glimpse at an active, close-knit household.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Wonderful to read aloud. * Sunday Express (Cressida Cowell) *
It'll make you roar with laughter * Sunday Times *
Laugh-out-loud funny gloss on family life * The Bookseller *
Child's spot-on portrait of family life...has an anthropological quality reminiscent of Posy Simmonds' Weber family...exuberantly inventive * Books for Keeps *
For a humorous and refreshingly honest look at family life, you can't get any better than this * The Bookseller *
Brilliantly written and drawn by Lauren Child, the cringe-worthy details are a joy * The Guardian *
A real treat. This is only Lauren Child's second book for children and I'm totally hooked * The Independent *
Text and illustrations are united in giving this wittily ironic, child's-eye view of familiar characters and their foibles * The Guardian *
Represents the arrival of a sparkling and irresistable new talent * Literacy and Learning *
A modern classic * Sainsburys Magazine *
The quirky perspectives show cheerful disregard for convention in this unusual take on family life * The Guardian *
A fresh, playful, wonderfully chaotic look at family life that will make you laugh out loud * The Independent *
Full of wonderfully dry one-liners * Times Educational Supplement *

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