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Lauren Child is one of today's most talented and innovative children's writer/illustrators. Winner of the Nestle Smarties Book Prize and the Kate Greenaway Medal, she is best known for creating the characters Clarice Bean and the BAFTA-award-winning Charlie and Lola . She is co-creator of The Princess and the Pea and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Trisha Krauss lives and works as an illustrator in London. She spent 16 years working in New York City before moving to London. While In New York she did a considerable amount of work for magazines and advertising agencies. Her work has been featured for many years in American Illustration and she has exhibited her work in New York and in Rome.
In an age of Instagrammed selfies, live-tweeted dinners, and reality shows for everyone, the Shrimpton family embodies the idea of personal celebrity. Readers first see them in a framed photograph, as they ensure their best sides are showing while jostling each other for prominence. Mrs. Shrimpton favors extraordinary hats ("Her latest had a live peacock positioned perkily on top"), her husband has a dramatic mustache, and three of their four children are talented and/or beautiful. Middle daughter Maude is the exception-she literally blends in with the scenery. There are many stories about being true to oneself, and (unlike Maude) this one stands out, for both its stylishness and its gleefully wicked ending. Because when Maude requests a goldfish for her birthday and gets a tiger instead, her family forgets one detail about tigers: "They do get very hungry." And when they do, it's best not to be wearing tap shoes or a peacock. Child's razor-sharp humor is in top form, and it's also a highly auspicious debut for Krauss, whose chic Wes Anderson meets New York Fashion Week aesthetic is as memorable as the Shrimptons themselves. Ages 5-8. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.