Clarice Bean, That's Me by Lauren Child

Clarice Bean, That's Me

Written by Lauren Child

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The irresistible Clarice Bean burst onto the world in a picture book which has now been reissued as a special 15 birthday edition. Through words and picture she introduces her wonderfully characterised family capturing their foibles and kindly recognising the different stresses and strains they are under. Favourites include her older brother Kurt who, his Mum says, is “in the dark tunnel of adolescence” which means he has to be left alone to do what he likes as much as possible, grandfather who spends a lot of time asleep in a chair with the cat on his head and Mum who is always trying to find some peace and quiet in which to be calm. Clarice is a charmingly feisty character herself as well as an excellent narrator on her own life. This multi award-winning, bestselling picture book is a classic tale of family life that will have you laughing out loud.


Clarice Bean, That's Me by Lauren Child

This book is about me, Clarice Bean. It's a very funny book and all of the pages have pictures, mostly of me. There are some annoying bits when my little brother barges in on pages 8 and 9, so you might want to miss them out ... 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 granddad's pouring soup on his cornflakes. Clarice introduces us to her life and family in the original book that launched the hugely successful, critically-acclaimed Clarice Bean series.


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

...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

About the Author

Lauren Child

Lauren Child burst on to the children’s books scene in 1999 and has since
published many bestselling and awardwinning books, including those featuring
the hugely popular Charlie and Lola, and the Clarice Bean series. She has won
numerous awards including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and
the Smarties Gold Award. Her books have been made into an award-winning
TV series and have sold in many languages with runaway success. In December 2008 she was named as a UNESCO Artist for Peace, and was awarded an MBE in 2009.

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32 pages


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Orchard Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Books

Publication date

4th September 2014




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