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Lauren Child is the award-winning author of three novels and three picture books about Clarice Bean, as well as a series of books about Charlie and Lola. She lives in London.
Gr 2-5-Clarice Bean and her endearingly harried family are back, and life is more chaotic than ever. Clarice is codifying her fears into a list of worst worries when the kitchen ceiling comes crashing down after her older sister floods the bathroom. Since the stove is ruined in the process and Mom is extra busy at work, the siblings are forced to make their own dinner ("worry no. 11: Can one live off toast alone?"). Troubles continue at school when her best friend, Betty, announces that she is moving to San Francisco, and a strange new student from Sweden arrives. These transitions ("worry no. 3: change") force Clarice into survival mode, a state encouraged by frequent readings of one of her favorite books, The Ruby Redfort Survival Handbook. The story is told in Child's familiar stream-of-consciousness style and punctuated with creative vocabulary ("exceptionordinarily"). Clarice is quickly stepping out from behind the shadow of other witty characters such as Junie B. Jones and Judy Moody.-Kathleen Meulen, Blakely Elementary School, Bainbridge Island, WA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Lauren Child's spunky heroine is back in her third novel, Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now. When Clarice learns that her best friend is about to move away, not even "The Ruby Redfort Survival Handbook" (written by Clarice's favorite girl-detective) seems to help. (Candlewick, $15.99 256p ages 8-11 ISBN 9780-7636-3536-7; Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Told in Child's familiar stream-of-consciousness style and punctuated with creative vocabulary...Clarice is quickly stepping out from behind the shadow of other witty characters. --School Library Journal