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Meet Clarice Bean. All she wants is her own room.
Lauren Child grew up in Marlborough, Wiltshire. She is the middle of three sisters and both her parents are teachers. She has had a variety of jobs from waitressing to designing exotic, elegant lampshades and working as an artist's assistant to Damien Hirst. nLauren Child is considered one of the most talented children's book author/illustrators working today and has won 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. nUtterly Me, Clarice Bean, Lauren's first fiction title, was a runaway success all over the world followed by Clarice Bean Spells Trouble and Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now. Lauren has now sold over 3 million books in 19 countries across the globe. nNotable events in Lauren's career include selection for Quentin Blake's Magic Pencil Exhibition 'British Library' in 2005; the Charlie and Lola TV series winning a BAFTA in 2007; In 2008 Lauren was appointed Artist for Peace by UNESCO nand has been spearheading a project to raise money for nUNESCO's Programme for the Education of Children in Need n, called nMy Life is a Story. All profits from the sale of a special e ndition of nThat Pesky Rat will go to UNESCO. A retrospective of Lauren's work is now a major new exhibition at the Manchester Art gallery. n nLauren 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.
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.
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.
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 *