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Clarice Bean, Utterly Me
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Lauren Child's best-selling first novel, introducing Clarice Bean to a whole new audience. The story revisits Clarice's family, and introduces Ruby Redfort, ace girl detective and star of Clarice's favourite books. Ruby is always going on exciting adventures, but all Clarice gets to do is go to the local shop on her own. But when Clarice and her best friend, Betty Moody, decide to do their school project on the Ruby Redfort books, they suddenly start finding mysteries everywhere. Why are all the coats on the wrong hooks at school, and where has Granddad disappeared to? 'Very entertaining.' Independent 'Feisty and freewheeling. Hilarious and irresistible.' Financial Times 'Packed with life and fun and fabulous to look at.' Bookseller
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Lauren Child MBE is a multi award-winning author and current 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 Prize 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 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.

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According to PW, "Fans of Child's irrepressible, impulsive picture-book heroine-as well as kids who have not yet made her acquaintance-will devour her first chapter-book adventure." Ages 8-11. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Quirky, funny and brilliantly illustrated. (tBk's Top 40 Children's Books) * tBk Magazine * Essential reading for all savvy girls... great fun. * Angels & Urchins * Lauren Child's earlier creation - schoolgirl Clarice Bean - is arguably her greatest. * Sunday Express * Child can make you laugh and cry at virtually every page. * Big Issue (Giles Andreae) * "The delightfully wacky Clarice Bean is the star of this absorbing story bubbling with exuberance and vitality." * Good Book Guide * A lively illustrated read -- Sarah Forbes * We Love This Book *

Gr 1-5-Fans of this irrepressible picture-book character will appreciate this expanded episode for chapter-book readers. Clarice and her best friend are collaborating on a project for school, showing what they have learned from a series of books about their favorite girl detective. When Betty fails to return to school, their teacher pairs Clarice with the worst boy in the class. As they work together on the assignment, she realizes that Karl has really good ideas and isn't such a bad guy. When Betty comes back (from having been whisked off to Russia with her parents), she feels left out. But then Karl is accused of stealing a trophy cup, Clarice turns detective, and the girls patch up their friendship. These amusing characters speak in a delightful, childlike language. Many passages are done in type that playfully swoops over the pages, as when the protagonist is describing a swimming and diving experience. Stylized, mixed-media illustrations appear throughout. For those who can't get enough of Junie B. Jones, Clarice Bean is an utterly entertaining alternative.-JoAnn Jonas, Chula Vista Public Library, San Diego, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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