Clarice Bean, That's Me by Lauren Child
  

Clarice Bean, That's Me

Written by Lauren Child

5+ readers   

RRP £6.99

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The irresistible Clarice Bean burst onto the world in a picture book. 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. Why not check out Lauren’s author page on Lovereading4kids to see what other Clarice Bean titles there are, both picture books for the 3+ year old and Lauren’s novels featuring Clarice for 7+ year olds.

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Clarice Bean, That's Me by Lauren Child

2009 is utterly Clarice Bean's 10th birthday and to celebrate, Orchard Books will be publishing three superly good new editions of these hilarious and classic Clarice Bean picture books.

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Full of wonderfully dry one-liners * Times Educational Supplement * A fresh, playful, wonderfully chaotic look at family life that will make you laugh out loud * The Independent * The quirky perspectives show cheerful disregard for convention in this unusual take on family life * The Guardian * A modern classic * Sainsburys Magazine * Represents the arrival of a sparkling and irresistable new talent * Literacy and Learning * Text and illustrations are united in giving this wittily ironic, child's-eye view of familiar characters and their foibles * The Guardian * A real treat. This is only Lauren Child's second book for children and I'm totally hooked * The Independent * Brilliantly written and drawn by Lauren Child, the cringe-worthy details are a joy * The Guardian * For a humorous and refreshingly honest look at family life, you can't get any better than this * The Bookseller * Child's spot-on portrait of family life...has an anthropological quality reminiscent of Posy Simmonds

...exuberantly inventive * Books for Keeps * Laugh-out-loud funny gloss on family life * The Bookseller * It'll make you roar with laughter * Sunday Times * Wonderful to read aloud. * Sunday Express (Cressida Cowell) *

About the Author

Lauren Child

The Children's Laureate

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.

Lauren Child is the 10th Waterstones Children's Laureate. Of the role she said, “I want to inspire children to believe in their own creative potential, to make their own stories and drawings and ignite in them the delight of reading for pleasure. In an increasingly fast paced world, children need the freedom to dream and imagine; to enjoy reading, drawing and telling their own stories without value judgement or restraint”.

The role of Children's Laureate is awarded every two years to an author or illustrator of children’s books to “celebrate outstanding achievement in their field and recognise the important contribution children’s literature makes to cultural life”. Child’s tenure will run until June 2019, which will mark 20 years since the post was inaurgurated by Quentin Blake and since Child published her first book.

Child revealed that that Blake was a huge inspiration to her. “When I was little, it never occurred to me to think of authors and illustrators as actual human beings," she said. "Then I saw Quentin on television live drawing on “Jackanory”, so he became a real-life illustrator to me and that made it something it was possible to become.”

Other previous post-holders include Anne Fine, Michael Morpurgo, Michael Rosen and Malorie Blackman.

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Paperback
32 pages

Author

Lauren Child
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Hachette Children's Books

Publication date

2nd July 2009

ISBN

9781408300046

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