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Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now

Written by Lauren Child

Illustrated by Lauren Child

Part of the Clarice Bean Series

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 7+ readers Humorous School Stories

LoveReading View on Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now

A witty and insightful book about worries, starring Clarice Bean.

Feisty Clarice Bean is back for new adventures. A bit older and a bit wiser, she is also thinking about all the things that she should be worrying about. To help, she makes a list of all her worries like ‘change’, ‘can one live of toast alone’ and ‘having to go back to school after the holidays’.  Everyone will recognise Clarice’s anxieties and enjoy her resolution of them.

Stories in the Clarice Bean Series for 7+

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Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now

Find out more about Lauren Child, her books, characters and inspirations in our Guest Editor feature.



Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now Synopsis

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. 

Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now Press Reviews

Genuinely funny, with lively illustrations. - The Independent

Funny, contemporary and perceptive - The Mail on Sunday

A comic and poignant journey. - The Sunday Times

Creative typography and comic illustrations help make this a hugely enjoyable and touching read. - The Scotsman

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. - The Guardian

An incredibly funny just have to read it! -- Maia Harvey, aged 11 - First News

Hilarious and touching - Croydon Advertiser

A witty and wise book - School Librarian

A hilarious tale and a delightfully funny character - Torquay Herald Express

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781846165078
Publication date: 03/09/2020
Publisher: Orchard Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781846160493
Publication date: 05/10/2006
Publisher: The Watts Publishing Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781846165078
Publication date: 3rd September 2020
Author: Lauren Child
Illustrator: Lauren Child
Publisher: Orchard Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Humorous, School Stories

About Lauren Child

A World Book Day Author 2019 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 ...

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