Lauren Child - Author

About the Author

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.

Featured books by Lauren Child

A Dog With Nice Ears

A Dog With Nice Ears

5+ readers

Author: Lauren Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2017

A brilliant new Charlie and Lola picture book from multi-award-winning author and Children's Laureate Lauren Child! Lola wants a dog - but the qualities of her perfect pooch seem oddly like those of a ... rabbit! A new Charlie and Lola story is the gold standard in picture books - the perfect read-aloud that both children and parents will love. Discover more hilarious original picture books about Charlie and Lola. For games, activities and more about the books visit www.charlieandlola.com

Charlie and Lola: One Thing

Charlie and Lola: One Thing

Baby and Toddler

Author: Lauren Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/09/2015

I have this little sister Lola. She is small and very funny. Sometimes for a treat, Mum says, We are going to the shops and you may choose one thing. One thing to share? says Lola. I say, One thing for you and one thing for me, which means two actual things. Lola take on numbers in everyday life and bend them to her endearing and unique will.

I am Too Absolutely Small for School

I am Too Absolutely Small for School

Baby and Toddler 3+ readers

Author: Lauren Child Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Charlie's little sister Lola is nearly big enough to go to school...but Lola is not so sure. She thinks it probably would be useful to read and write and count, but she doesn't really have time for lessons - she's much too busy doing extremely important things at home. And anyway, Lola's invisible friend, Soren Lorensen, is slightly nervous about going to school.

Take Your Last Breath

Take Your Last Breath

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Lauren Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/09/2012

Join the multi-million-copy bestselling author Lauren Child, and meet your new favourite heroine... Ruby Redfort: detective, secret agent, thirteen-year-old kid. Everyone's favourite kid detective is back for a second mind-blowing instalment, packed with all the off-the-wall humour, action and friendship of the first book.    

Other books by Lauren Child

Hubert Horatio: How to Raise Your Grown-Ups

Hubert Horatio: How to Raise Your Grown-Ups

Author: Lauren Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent is back in this hilarious and gloriously illustrated book for ages six and up from the superstar creator of Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola, Lauren Child. These stories are about the days when the Bobton-Trents had it cushy, very cushy indeed. The Bobton-Trent seniors certainly know how to make the most of their extravagant wealth - socialising, doing things, buying things and generally being more than a little bit ... irresponsible... Luckily for them, their son Hubert Horatio is an exceptionally intelligent, talented and sensible child. Unluckily for Hubert, this tends to mean that a lot of his spare time is spent steering his rather unruly set of grown-ups out of trouble. Legendary children's writer and Waterstones Children's Laureate 2017-2019 Lauren Child revisits one of her most popular characters in these brand-new, laugh-out-loud stories about the rather unconventional Bobton-Trents! The perfect gift for children aged six and up.

Charlie and Lola: A Dog With Nice Ears

Charlie and Lola: A Dog With Nice Ears

Author: Lauren Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

A brilliant new Charlie and Lola picture book from multi-award-winning author and Children's Laureate Lauren Child! Lola wants a dog - but the qualities of her perfect pooch seem oddly like those of a ... rabbit! Silly, surprising, thoughtful and fun, Charlie and Lola are on top form in this fantastically funny story, packed full of dogs of every shape, size and colour. Lauren Child's endlessly endearing characters and inimitable humour will be a sure-fire hit with existing and new fans - this is the perfect tale for anyone who has ever imagined what having the perfect pet would be like. A new Charlie and Lola story is the gold standard in picture books - the perfect read-aloud that both children and parents will love. Discover more hilarious original picture books about Charlie and Lola: Charlie and Lola: I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato Charlie and Lola: I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed Charlie and Lola: I Am Too Absolutely Small for School Charlie and Lola: Slightly Invisible Charlie and Lola: One Thing

Charlie and Lola: One Thing

Charlie and Lola: One Thing

Author: Lauren Child Format: Board book Release Date: 09/08/2018

A classic Charlie and Lola picture book all about counting and sums, from Children's Laureate Lauren Child. Now in a brilliant board book! Perfectly funny and perfectly formed, this hilarious picture book sees top negotiator Lola take on numbers in everyday life and bend them to her endearing and unique will. I have this little sister Lola. She is small and very funny. Sometimes for a treat, Mum says, We are going to the shops and you may choose one thing. One thing to share? says Lola. I say, One thing for you and one thing for me, which means two actual things. 'Numeracy at its most joyful and positive ... a brilliant way to get young minds excited about maths' Teach Early Years

Charlie and Lola: I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato Board Book

Charlie and Lola: I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato Board Book

Author: Lauren Child Format: Board book Release Date: 08/03/2018

A classic Charlie and Lola picture book about fussy eating from Children's Laureate Lauren Child - now in a brilliant board book! Lola will not peas. In fact she won't eat carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, cabbage or baked beans. And she will absolutely not ever NEVER eat a tomato. But when Charlie explains that peas are actually green drops from Greenland, and carrots are really orange twiglets from Jupiter, even Lola is tempted to clear her plate... Told with true Lauren Child style, this warm and funny picture book will make dinner time fun for even the fussiest of eaters! Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal

Ruby Redfort - Todlicher als Verrat

Ruby Redfort - Todlicher als Verrat

Author: Lauren Child Format: eBook Release Date: 22/02/2018

Super-intelligent, super-clever, super-sympathisch - Super-Ruby, die jungste Geheimagentin der Welt! Ruby Redfort wei, dass sie gegen die Zeit lauft. Gleich mehrere Leute auf einmal haben es auf sie abgesehen. Und einer von ihnen kommt sogar aus den eigenen Reihen der Geheimdienstzentrale, fur die sie arbeitet. Ruby Redfort steht vor einem Ratsel. Sie wei, dass es einen Drahtzieher gibt, der hinter allen bisherigen Verbrechen steckt und der sie jetzt endgultig aus dem Weg raumen lassen will. Ob es Ruby gelingen wird, den skrupellosen Auftraggeber schachmatt zu setzen? Der sechste und letzte Band der superspannenden Serie um die jungste Geheimagentin der Welt fuhrt alle Faden zusammen und mundet in ein uberwaltigendes Finale. Serie gelistet bei Antolin Alle Bande der Serie: "e;Ruby Redfort - Gefahrlicher als Gold"e; "e;Ruby Redfort - Kalter als das Meer"e; "e;Ruby Redfort - Schneller als Feuer"e; "e;Ruby Redfort - Dunkler als die Nacht"e; "e;Ruby Redfort - Giftiger als Schlangen"e; "e;Ruby Redfort - Todlicher als Verrat"e; (erscheint im Februar 2018)

Charlie and Lola: Charlie and Lola A Very Shiny Wipe-Clean Letters Activity Book

Charlie and Lola: Charlie and Lola A Very Shiny Wipe-Clean Letters Activity Book

Author: Lauren Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2017

Charlie and Lola explore writing letters and first words using a handy wipe-clean pen to help children practise over and over again. Learn about big and small letters, matching, building and spelling simple words and spotting letters in unusual places! Use the pen to trace and draw letters, then move on to the other letter-based activities. Store the pen within the front cover to ensure it is handy for each time it's needed. Charlie and Lola activity books offer a new, fun way to engage with and enjoy early years learning. This wipe-clean letters book is also publishing alongside Exactly One Numbers Sticker Activity Book. From Children's Laureate and Kate Greenaway Medal winner Lauren Child.

Charlie and Lola: Exactly One Numbers Sticker Activity Book

Charlie and Lola: Exactly One Numbers Sticker Activity Book

Author: Lauren Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2017

Charlie and Lola explore the world of numbers in a new way with a range of activities including counting, number recognition and simple sums. Each activity page provides suggestions as to how to complete the activity creatively using brilliantly fun stickers. Helping Lola practise her numbers and her sums is the perfect way to improve and build confidence in the first stages of early learning. This numbers-themed activity book is also publishing alongside A Very Shiny Wipe-Clean Letters Activity Book. From Children's Laureate and Kate Greenaway Medal winner Lauren Child.

A Dog With Nice Ears

A Dog With Nice Ears

5+ readers

Author: Lauren Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2017

A brilliant new Charlie and Lola picture book from multi-award-winning author and Children's Laureate Lauren Child! Lola wants a dog - but the qualities of her perfect pooch seem oddly like those of a ... rabbit! A new Charlie and Lola story is the gold standard in picture books - the perfect read-aloud that both children and parents will love. Discover more hilarious original picture books about Charlie and Lola. For games, activities and more about the books visit www.charlieandlola.com

Charlie and Lola: I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed Board Book

Charlie and Lola: I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed Board Book

Author: Lauren Child Format: Board book Release Date: 13/07/2017

A classic Charlie and Lola picture book about tricky bedtimes from Children's Laureate Lauren Child - now in a brilliant board book! Charlie has this little sister Lola. Sometimes he has to try and get her off to bed. This is a hard job because Lola likes to stay up late... Lola says, I am not slightly sleepy at 6 or 7 or 8. I am still wide awake at 9 and not at all tired at 10, 11 and 12 and I will probably still be perky at even 13 o'clock in the morning. Told with true Lauren Child style, this warm and funny picture book will make bedtime fun for even the most reluctant of children. As seen on CBeebies! 'Funny, bright and very entertaining' - Daily Mail

Charlie and Lola: I Am Too Absolutely Small For School

Charlie and Lola: I Am Too Absolutely Small For School

Author: Lauren Child Format: Board book Release Date: 13/07/2017

A classic Charlie and Lola picture book about starting school worries, from Children's Laureate Lauren Child - now in a brilliant board book edition! Charlie's little sister Lola is nearly big enough to go to school. But Lola is not so sure... Lola says, I am absolutely not BIG. I am still really quite small. I probably do not have time to go to school. I am too extremely busy doing important things at home. This classic first-day-at-school tale addresses children's fears with warmth, humour, and a lot of fun. As seen on CBeebies! 'No first-timer should start school without this book' - The Sunday Times

Charlie and Lola: Classic Gift Slipcase A Pair of Two Extremely Classic Stories

Charlie and Lola: Classic Gift Slipcase A Pair of Two Extremely Classic Stories

Author: Lauren Child Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 26/04/2017

This beautiful box set contains two classic Charlie and Lola picture books, from Children's Laureate Lauren Child. A perfect gift to introduce this much-loved pair to a new generation of fans! Contains the Kate Greenaway Medal winning I Will Not Never Eat a Tomato. An innovative and fun-filled book about fussy eating - guaranteed to make dinner time fun. Lola will not eat peas. In fact, she won't eat carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, eggs, sausages, cauliflower, cabbage or baked beans. And she will absolutely not ever NEVER eat a tomato. But when Charlie explains that peas are actually green drops from Greenland, and carrots are really orange twiglets from Jupiter, even Lola is tempted to clear her plate . . . And I Am Not Sleepy and I will Not Got To Bed - a brilliantly original story about the problem of tricky bedtimes. Charlie has this little sister Lola. Sometimes he has to try and get her to go to bed. This is a hard job because Lola likes to stay up late. Lola says, I am not slightly sleepy at 6 or 7 or 8. I am still wide awake at 9 and not at all tired at 10, 11 and 12 and I will probably still be perky at even 13 o'clock in the morning.

Charlie and Lola: One Thing

Charlie and Lola: One Thing

Author: Lauren Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2016

A classic Charlie and Lola picture book all about counting and sums, from Children's Laureate Lauren Child. Perfectly funny and perfectly formed, this hilarious picture book sees top negotiator Lola take on numbers in everyday life and bend them to her endearing and unique will. I have this little sister Lola. She is small and very funny. Sometimes for a treat, Mum says, We are going to the shops and you may choose one thing. One thing to share? says Lola. I say, One thing for you and one thing for me, which means two actual things. 'Numeracy at its most joyful and positive ... a brilliant way to get young minds excited about maths' Teach Early Years

Pick Your Poison

Pick Your Poison

Author: Lauren Child Format: eBook Release Date: 26/11/2015

Meet Ruby Redfort: every smart kid's smart kid. The fifth book in the nail-biting series, created by award-winning author Lauren Child. Ruby Redfort: undercover agent, code-cracker and thirteen-year-old genius - you can count on her when you're between a rock and a hard place. There's a lot to lose sleep over in Twinford: there's the snakes and the bivalves, but they aren't half as poisonous as the rumours. With so many twists and turns it's hard to know who to trust, particularly when no one trusts you. Will Ruby make it out in one piece? Well, happy endings are for fairy tales, bozo.

Charlie and Lola: One Thing

Charlie and Lola: One Thing

Baby and Toddler

Author: Lauren Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/09/2015

I have this little sister Lola. She is small and very funny. Sometimes for a treat, Mum says, We are going to the shops and you may choose one thing. One thing to share? says Lola. I say, One thing for you and one thing for me, which means two actual things. Lola take on numbers in everyday life and bend them to her endearing and unique will.

Hubert Horatio

Hubert Horatio

Author: Lauren Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2015

Hubert Horatio is a genius at almost absolutely everything. His parents, on the other hand, aren't too good with money - and they fritter away the family fortune. It's up to Hubert and his friend to sort out the mess.

That Pesky Rat

That Pesky Rat

Author: Lauren Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2015

A funny, touching picture book from Children's Laureate, and Charlie and Lola creator, Lauren Child. Rat lives in dustbin Number 3, Grubby Alley. At night, when he's tucked up in his crisp packet, Rat looks up at all the cosy windows and wonders what it would be like to belong to somebody. To be an actual pet. To have a home of his own . . . Gently exploring themes of homelessness and poverty, this is the perfect way to talk about this often tricky subject with young children and encourage them to empathise with others. At least 10% of the purchase price of every copy of That Pesky Rat sold will be donated to St Mungo's Broadway, a charity providing help, support and advice to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. 'Clever, rewarding and hugely enjoyable' Guardian 'Another little masterpiece from Lauren Child' Mail on Sunday Winner of the Nestle Children's Book Prize Gold Award

Feel the Fear

Feel the Fear

Author: Lauren Child Format: eBook Release Date: 04/12/2014

Ruby Redfort: Undercover agent, code-cracker and thirteen-year-old genius. The fourth book in the scarily awesome Ruby Redfort series, by multi-million-copy bestselling author Lauren Child. This time Ruby must pit her wits against a seemingly invisible foe. How do you set your sights on catching a light-fingered villain if you can't even see him...?

The Princess and the Pea

The Princess and the Pea

Author: Lauren Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2014

The tale of a prince, a princess, perfect politeness, pages of love and a peculiarly hard pea. This utterly original interpretation of the classic tale has dazzling illustrations from multi-talented collaborators, award-winning Lauren Child and widely acclaimed photographer Polly Borland. This beautifully presented picture book explores the tale of the down-to-earth princess through a stunning mix of artwork and photography to create a fairy tale to be treasured. This new reduced format hardback is perfect for lovers of all things miniature.

Catch Your Death

Catch Your Death

Author: Lauren Child Format: eBook Release Date: 25/09/2014

Hey, buster! Normal life is a total yawn. So break out of boredom with Ruby Redfort: detective, secret agent, thirteen-year-old kid. The third book in the ice-cool Ruby Redfort series, latest creation of multi-million-copy bestselling author Lauren Child. Everyone's favourite kid detective is back for a third mind-blowing instalment, packed with all the off-the-wall humour, action and friendship of the first two books. This time, tigers are roaming the streets of Twinford, and it looks like someone has deliberately released some very rare and very dangerous animals. Things are going to get wild - and Ruby is going to get badly lost in the wilderness. The question is: will she ever make it out alive? Well, as always, you wouldn't want to bet against her...

Charlie and Lola: Slightly Invisible

Charlie and Lola: Slightly Invisible

Author: Lauren Child Format: Board book Release Date: 04/09/2014

A classic Charlie and Lola story from Children's Laureate Lauren Child - in a brilliant board book, perfect for younger readers! Charlie and his friend Marv are in search of strange and tricky creatures. They would like to search without Charlie's little sister Lola bothering them. But Lola wants to join in. Luckily, Lola and her invisible friend, Soren Lorensen, know exactly how to catch strange and tricky creatures. All they need is a tea set, a little cart and a rabbit. (And, of course, one or three drops of pink milk.) This hilariously inventive tale will encourage your little ones to go on their own imaginative, make-believe adventures. (As well as striking a chord with frustrated siblings everywhere!) A witty book that reminds us why we fell in love with Charlie and Lola Junior Lauren Child is a rare creature: someone who writes as brilliantly as she illustrates Sunday Telegraph

Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes

Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes

Author: Lauren Child Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2014

Ruby Redforts not your average kid. Shes super-smart, always ice-cool, not to mention a gadget-laden secret agent with a talent for breaking codes. And she can keep her mouth shutcant she?Ruby and her butler, Hitch, work for an undercover crime-busting organization, where break-ins, daring rescues, and life-OR-death situations are all in a days work. But always remember Rule #1:You can never be completely sure what might happen next.

Charlie and Lola: I Am Too Absolutely Small for School Board Book

Charlie and Lola: I Am Too Absolutely Small for School Board Book

Author: Lauren Child Format: Board book Release Date: 01/08/2013

A classic Charlie and Lola board book story about starting school from Children's Laureate Lauren Child. Charlie's little sister Lola is nearly big enough to go to school... but Lola is not so sure. She thinks it probably would be useful to read and write and count, but she doesn't really have time for lessons - she's much too busy doing extremely important things at home. And anyway, Lola's invisible friend, Soren Lorensen, is slightly nervous about going to school. This wonderfully imaginative tale of starting-school worries is perfect for sharing with the very youngest Charlie and Lola fans.

Maude: The Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton

Maude: The Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton

Author: Lauren Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2013

Flamboyant and eccentric, being noticed is what all the members of the Shrimpton family live for - all except, that is, for Maude. She prefers to blend into the background rather than stand out in a crowd. And this is very much to her advantage when they all come face to face with a rather hungry tiger . . . Sophisticated and highly decorative, Trisha Krauss cleverly uses visual clues and innuendo to embellish the tale of the not-so-noticeable Maude and her extraordinary family.

Charlie and Lola: I Absolutely Love Animals

Charlie and Lola: I Absolutely Love Animals

Author: Lauren Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2013

Two especially good stories about animals including I Completely Know About Guinea Pigs and a brand new story, the poignant and heartwarming I Will Not Ever Never Forget You Nibbles, published in this collection for the very first time.

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book?

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book?

Author: Lauren Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2012

The story of a boy who fell into a book . . . with a guest appearance from the Little Bad Wolf. From Children's Laureate Lauren Child. Now if you were going to fall into a book, a book of fairy tales would probably not be your first choice. Because in every story there is always a wicked this, an evil that or a hungry somebody. It could only happen to Herb, child star of that thrilling tale, Beware of the Storybook Wolves. Equally loved by children young and old, this brilliantly original picture book is perfect for sharing together. From the creator of the award-winning, bestselling Charlie and Lola series. Open it if you dare! 'A thrilling story to scare your socks off.' The Bookseller 'Wonderfully imaginative... Absorbing and with fantastical, zany pictures.' The Observer 'Very, very funny and definitely not to be missed!' Books for Keeps

Beware of the Storybook Wolves

Beware of the Storybook Wolves

Author: Lauren Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2012

For a real thrill, try reading Beware of the Storybook Wolves. It will scare your socks off! A fun-filled picture book with a fairytale twist, from Children's Laureate Lauren Child. Every night, Herb's mother reads him a bedtime story. Sometimes it's about a big bad wolf who terrifies little girls and their grandmothers with his growl and his sharp teeth. The story gets very nasty in the middle and everybody nearly comes to a sticky end. But, by the last page, it all turns out happily-ever-afterly. But what will happen to Herb when the wolves escape from his book? Will they gobble him up? Or will it all end happily-ever-after? Equally loved by children young and old, this hilarious picture book is perfect for sharing together. From the creator of the award-winning, best-selling Charlie and Lola series! Winner of the Smarties Book Prize Bronze Medal A refreshingly original tale that sparkles with wit Junior

Who wants to be a Poodle? I Don't!

Who wants to be a Poodle? I Don't!

Author: Lauren Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2011

Trixie Twinkle Toes doesn't want a maid to plump her cushions. She wants to roll in the mud and paddle in the puddles. She doesn't want to be carried over them by a butler. Trixie Twinkle Toes may look like a prancing poodley poodle. But, on the the inside, she's a dazzlingly daring dog ready to make a big SPLASH . . . This stunning book from the award-winning international star and creator of Charlie and Lola, Lauren Child, is now available for the first time in paperback.

Charlie and Lola: Slightly Invisible

Charlie and Lola: Slightly Invisible

Author: Lauren Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/10/2010

A classic Charlie and Lola picture book about sibling rivalry, the imagination and invisible friends, from Children's Laureate Lauren Child. Charlie and friend Marv are in search of strange and tricky creatures. And they would like to search without Charlie's little sister Lola bothering and interrupting. But Lola knows EXACTLY how to catch strange and tricky creatures, and enlists a little bit of help from her invisible friend, Soren Lorensen, and, of course, one or three drops of pink milk. Child is as visually inventive and verbally dexterous as ever . . . classic. - Guardian The Child recipe at its fresh, playful best. - Observer A typically exuberant, imaginative whirl of a story. - Angels and Urchins Child is second to none when it comes to capturing the imagination of young children. - Daily Express

Clarice Bean Spells Trouble

Clarice Bean Spells Trouble

Author: Lauren Child Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 02/07/2009

Clarice Bean is back and starring in her second novel! Created by Children's Laureate Lauren Child and read by Claire Skinner, star of the BBC's 'Outnumbered'. There are so many things in life you can't explain. Like why isn't YOU spelt U? Why isn't WHY spelt Y? And why can just opening your mouth get you into some very BIG trouble? Clarice Bean is in non-stop trouble these days - almost as much as Karl Wrenbury, and he is the naughtiest boy in school. Clarice just wants to star in the school play and impress Mrs Wilberton in the spelling bee, but things aren't quite going to plan . . . 'Witty and charming. We can't get enough of Clarice Bean.' - Independent Lauren Child is a Kate Greenaway Medal winner and the creator of the bestselling Charlie & Lola series.

Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now

Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now

Author: Lauren Child Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 02/07/2009

A witty and insightful book about worries, starring Clarice Bean. Created by Children's Laureate Lauren Child and read by Claire Skinner, star of the BBC's 'Outnumbered'. It's the worry you hadn't even thought to worry about that should worry you the most. At least that's how it looks to Clarice Bean, who has been writing her worries in a notebook - things like Worry no. 1: infinity, or Worry no. 3: change. And now that her worst never-imagined worry has happened - her utterly best friend is moving away forever - Clarice doesn't even care about her tickets to the Ruby Redfort, girl detective, film premiere. That is, unless something happens to change things again . . . Lauren Child's trademark wit combines with spot-on insight in this hugely engaging story about childhood worries, unwanted changes and finding friendships in the most surprising places. 'Funny, contemporary and perceptive' - Mail on Sunday 'A comic and poignant journey' - The Sunday Times 'Clarice Bean fans will be delighted by her new adventures . . . Anxieties such as 'change' and 'having to go back to school after the holidays' will be recognised by everyone, while her ways of approaching them are delightful' - Guardian

What Planet Are You From Clarice Bean?

What Planet Are You From Clarice Bean?

Author: Lauren Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2009

A quirky, humorous picture book with an important message about caring for our environment, from Children's Laureate, Lauren Child. Clarice Bean is learning about the environment at school. She needs to come up with a Big Project about Saving the Planet. ASAP. But when she discovers that the tree on their street is about to be chopped to pieces, she soon realises that it's the little things that can make a big difference ... Enter, Clarice Bean, Eco-Warrior! The third picture book in 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.

My Uncle Is A Hunkle Says Clarice Bean

My Uncle Is A Hunkle Says Clarice Bean

Author: Lauren Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2009

A brilliantly quirky picture book from Children's Laureate, Lauren Child. Starring the fabulously feisty Clarice Bean! Mum and Dad are going away on Important Business, so Uncle Ted comes to stay. Before long there's a guinea pig on the loose, Grandad's gone missing and her little brother is stuck in the railings like a giant squeaking tomato! Luckily Uncle Ted's around. He'll come to the rescue . . . won't he? The second picture book in 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.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Author: Lauren Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2009

Once upon a time, on the edge of a big dark forest there lived a little girl called Goldilocks. You have probably heard of her? If so, you will know three things: she was small, she had lots of golden curls and she had far too much curiosity for her own good. So when Goldilocks discovers an intriguing wooden cottage deep in the forest, she just can't resist peeking inside. Now why would there be one, two, three of everything . . .? Lauren Child brings her trademark innovative approach to this wonderfully warm and witty retelling of the classic cautionary tale, and adds her own clever twist. Following the success of The Princess and the Pea, she once again joins forces with award-winning portrait photographer Polly Borland, whose stunning photography brings this truly original picture book startlingly to life. They are joined by a talented theatre designer, Emily Jenkins, who has designed and created an enchanting hand-crafted miniature world. The sets for the book took over a year to make. The doll-sized cottage, complete with winding staircase, stands about a metre tall. Real turf was grown for the roof. Special wallpaper and fabrics were designed and printed, featuring woodland motifs. Exquisite miniature furniture, including the three bears' beds, chairs and porridge bowls, were carved, crafted and painted by Emily and her team of designers. Tiny slippers were sewn, cushions stuffed and bed linen edged and folded. The tiny spoons were carved specially - even the porridge is real!The cast of characters were made by world-famous doll maker, R. John Wright, whose dolls and bears sell to collectors all over the world. Goldilocks is 30 centimetres tall and made of soft felt with hand-painted features; her golden locks are made of the softest mohair. She arrived from America complete with a tiny hand-woven basket of felt daisies, which you can see her carrying in the book. Mother, Father and Baby Bear are all made from the softest fur and have tiny resin claws. Father Bear arrived with a hand-carved wooden pipe, which, if you look very closely, you can spot in the pictures, warming by the fire.

Charlie and Lola: Things Board Book

Charlie and Lola: Things Board Book

Author: Lauren Child Format: Board book Release Date: 03/01/2008

A first concepts board book with a delightfully quirky Charlie and Lola twist, from Children's Laureate Lauren Child. Lola says, I like twirly things and furry things and finding things. I am not keen on ouchy things but mostly I nearly like almost everything.' Little ones will love following Lola as she explores and makes sense of the world around her, grouping everyday objects into categories - such as 'furry things', 'ouchy things' and 'twirly things'. Created with classic Charlie and Lola style, this brilliant board book will encourage children to look creatively at the world around them. Also available: Shapes, Opposites and Numbers As seen on Cbeebies!

Charlie and Lola: I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed Board Book

Charlie and Lola: I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed Board Book

Author: Lauren Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2007

A classic Charlie and Lola picture book about tricky bedtimes from Children's Laureate Lauren Child. Charlie has this little sister Lola. Sometimes he has to try and get her off to bed. This is a hard job because Lola likes to stay up late... Lola says, I am not slightly sleepy at 6 or 7 or 8. I am still wide awake at 9 and not at all tired at 10,11 and 12 and I will probably be perky at even 13 o'clock in the morning. Told with true Lauren Child style, this warm and funny picture book will make bedtime fun for even the most reluctant of children. As seen on CBeebies! 'Funny, bright and very entertaining' - Daily Mail

Charlie and Lola: I Am Too Absolutely Small For School

Charlie and Lola: I Am Too Absolutely Small For School

Author: Lauren Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2007

A classic Charlie and Lola picture book about starting school worries, from Children's Laureate Lauren Child. Charlie's little sister Lola is nearly big enough to go to school. But Lola is not so sure... Lola says, I am absolutely not BIG. I am still really quite small. I probably do not have time to go to school. I am too extremely busy doing important things at home. This classic first-day-at-school tale addresses children's fears with warmth, humour, and a lot of fun. As seen on CBeebies! 'No first-timer should start school without this book' - The Sunday Times

Charlie and Lola: I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed Board Book

Charlie and Lola: I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed Board Book

Author: Lauren Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2007

A classic Charlie & Lola story about tricky bedtimes from Children's Laureate Lauren Child. Charlie has this little sister Lola. Sometimes he has to try and get her to go to bed. This is a hard job because Lola likes to stay up late. Lola says, I am not slightly sleepy at 6 or 7 or 8. I am still wide awake at 9 and not at all tired at 10, 11 and 12 and I will probably still be perky at even 13 o'clock in the morning. An innovative and fun-filled look at tricky bedtimes, this classic picture book will appeal to parents and children alike. As seen on CBeebies!

Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now

Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now

Author: Lauren Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2007

A new 20th anniversary edition of the utterly classic Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now by bestselling Children's Laureate, Lauren Child. It's the worry you hadn't even thought to worry about that should worry you the most. At least that's how it looks to Clarice Bean, who has been writing her worries in a notebook - things like Worry no. 1: infinity, or Worry no. 3: change. And now that her worst never-imagined worry has happened - her utterly best friend is moving away forever - Clarice doesn't even care about her tickets to the Ruby Redfort, girl detective, film premiere. That is, unless something happens to change things again . . . Lauren Child's trademark wit combines with spot-on insight in this hugely engaging story about childhood worries, unwanted changes and finding friendships in the most surprising places. 'Funny, contemporary and perceptive' - Mail on Sunday 'A comic and poignant journey' - The Sunday Times 'Clarice Bean fans will be delighted by her new adventures . . . Anxieties such as change and having to go back to school after the holidays will be recognised by everyone, while her ways of approaching them are delightful' - Guardian

My Completely Best Story Collection

My Completely Best Story Collection

Author: Lauren Child Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/10/2006

Charlie and Lola, first seen in I Will Not Ever NEVER Eat a Tomato, are stars of the screen, page, and now audio. First aired on prime time children's BBC in October 2005 and now available on DVD, Charlie and Lola are enjoying superstardom! The fabulous audio collection contains five classic Charlie and Lola stories, enhanced with music, sound effects, and classic Charlie and Lola dialogue. The five fantastic audio adventures include the classic stories: We HONESTLY can look after your Dog; My Wobbly Tooth must not ever, NEVER fall out; I've Won, no i've won, No I've won; Whoops! But it wasn't Me; and Snow is my Favourite and my Best. With an all-star cast featuring Charlie, Lola, Lotta, Marv, Soren Lorensen, as well as Sizzles the dog.

The Princess and the Pea

The Princess and the Pea

Author: Lauren Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2006

Lauren Child's beautiful and artistic retelling of The Princess and the Pea. The tale of a prince, a princess, perfect politeness, pages of love and a peculiarly hard pea. This utterly original interpretation of the classic tale has dazzling illustrations from multi-talented collaborators, award-winning Lauren Child and widely acclaimed photographer Polly Borland. This beautifully presented picture book explores the tale of the down-to-earth princess through a stunning mix of artwork and photography to create a fairy tale to be treasured. Lauren Child is the multi-talented prize-winning creator of the characters Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean. She has won the Smarties Gold Award, Smarties Bronze Award, Kate Greenaway Medal and been shortlisted for the Children's Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. Lauren lives in London. Polly Borland is a widely acclaimed, award winning photographer, famous for her vivid portraits. She is one of the few people to have been allowed into to Buckingham Palace to photograph the Queen and has had her own exhibition at London's National Portrait Gallery. Born in Australia, Polly now lives in Brighton but continues to work all over the world Look out for Lauren Child's Charlie and Lola books: We Honestly Can Look After Your Dog; But Excuse Me That is My Book; My Collecting Sticker Book; My Picnic Sticker Book; My Very Busy Sticker Book; My Completely Best Story Collection; I'm Really Ever So Not Well; My Completely Best Story Collection; My Extremely Good Story Collection; Snow is my Favourite and My Best; We Honestly Can Look After Your Dog; My Especially Busy Box of Books; Whoops! But it wasn't Me; I am Really, Really Concentrating; My Best, Best Friend; This is Actually My Party; I really Wonder What Plant I'm Growing; I Will Be Especially Very Careful; My Doodling and Colouring-In Book; Sizzles, Where Are You?; I Absolutely Love Animals; You Won't Like this Present as Much as I Do; I am Inventing an Invention And other books by Lauren Child: The Princess and the Pea; The Secret Garden; Who Wants to be a Poodle? I don't!; Maude, the Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton; Clarice Bean; Ruby Redfort

Charlie and Lola: But Excuse Me That is My Book

Charlie and Lola: But Excuse Me That is My Book

Author: Lauren Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2006

Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies is Lola's absolute favourite book ever in the whole wide world. So naturally she is distraught when it's not at the library. Someone else has borrowed it! Charlie tries everything he can think of to placate her but nothing is ever going to beat Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies. That is, until Charlie finds Chimps and Chimpanzees and then Lola has a new best book ever!

Charlie and Lola: I Completely Love Winter

Charlie and Lola: I Completely Love Winter

Author: Lauren Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/11/2005

Charlie and Lola: I Completely Love Winter - by Lauren Child This really very good Charlie and Lola book includes two wintery stories: Snow is My Favourite and My Best and I Really Need Actual Ice Skates. This wonderful book is perfect for fans of Charlie and Lola, and for cold winter bedtimes. Based on the award-winning books by Lauren Child,Charlie and Lola is now a top-rated BBC children's television show and a huge international hit. Lauren is also the multi-talented prize-winning creator of Clarice Bean.Charlie and Lola is produced by Tiger Aspect Productions, one of the UK's most successful and prolific independent television producers.

Clarice Bean Spells Trouble

Clarice Bean Spells Trouble

Author: Lauren Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2005

A new 20th anniversary edition of the utterly classic Clarice Bean Spells Trouble by bestselling Children's Laureate, Lauren Child. There are so many things in life you can't explain. Like why isn't YOU spelt U? Why isn't WHY spelt Y? And why can just opening your mouth get you into some very BIG trouble? Clarice Bean is in non-stop trouble these days - almost as much as Karl Wrenbury, and he is the naughtiest boy in school. Clarice just wants to star in the school play and impress Mrs Wilberton in the spelling bee, but things aren't quite going to plan . . . 'Witty and charming. We can't get enough of Clarice Bean.' The Sunday Times

My Dream Bed

My Dream Bed

Author: Lauren Child Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/09/2001

Would it be a tickly nest high in the treetops or a fairytale bed? The possibilities are endless . . . And just a few can be found here, with lots of tabs, flaps and wheels so that the reader can really enjoy finding the perfect place to dream!

I Want a Pet

I Want a Pet

Author: Lauren Child Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/1999

In this deliciously funny picture book from Children's Laureate Lauren Child a child really wants a pet - but Mum, Dad, Granny and Grandad aren't keen on any of her ideas! Sheep are forever following you around, an octopus would leave eight dirty footprints wherever it went and boa constrictors have a habit of wrapping themselves around you and squeezing too tightly... Can she find a pet that will please everyone? Perfect for any child who has ever wanted a pet, and any parent who has ever objected!

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