Author(s): Lauren Child
Meet the fabulously feisty Clarice Bean! In this hilarious picture book from Children's Laureate, Lauren Child.
All Clarice Bean wants is a bit of peace and quiet. But that can be hard to find in a house where your little brother is being utterly annoying, your big brother is in the dark tunnel of adolescence and your grandad's pouring soup on his cornflakes . . .
A true picture book classic, this is the book that launched the award-winning, bestselling Clarice Bean series!
Packed with quirky details and humour, this is perfect for children who are ready to start making the transition from younger picture books to independent reading.
"A fresh, playful, wonderfully chaotic look at family life that will make you laugh out loud" Independent
Winner of the Smarties Book Prize
Clarice Bean is 15! Celebrate with this special birthday edition of the very first Clarice Bean picture book.
Commended for Kate Greenaway Medal 1999.
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
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, called My Life is a Story. All profits from the sale of a special e \ndition of That Pesky Rat will go to UNESCO. A retrospective of Lauren's work is now a major new exhibition at the Manchester Art gallery. \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.