Utterly Me, Clarice Bean

ISBN-10: 0763627887
ISBN-13: 9780763627881
Edition: 2002 (Reprint)
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Book details

List price: $5.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 3/3/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

"Fans of Child's irrepressible, impulsive picture-book heroine — as well as kids who have not yet had the pleasure of making her acquaintance — will devour her first chapter-book adventure." —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY It's not easy to concentrate at school when mysterious things are happening all around you. In fact, Clarice Bean is starting to feel just like her favorite heroine: Ruby Redfort, schoolgirl detective. Clarice and her utterly best friend, Betty Moody, are planning to ace their book project about Ruby and win the class prize, until Betty disappears into thin air, and horrible teacher Mrs. Wilberton teams Clarice up with the naughtiest boy in school. Will her new partner ruin everything? Will Betty ever come back? And what on earth happened to the silver trophy everyone's hoping to win? Lauren Child brings her trademark wacky wit and eccentric visual energy to a full-length, fastpaced Clarice Bean episode that will charm even the most capricious reader.

Lauren Child (born in 1965 in England) is an English author and illustrator. She is best known for writing the Charlie and Lola books and Clarice Bean novels. Her second book in this series, Clarice Bean Spells Trouble, was shortlisted for the 2005 British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year. A number of spin off books are available based on the scripts of the TV shows, though these were not written or illustrated by Child. Charlie and Lola has been sold throughout the world, and has won many prizes, including BAFTAs in 2007 for Best children's Television Show and Best Script. Lauren Child lives in London.

This is me, Clarice Bean.
I am not an only child, but I sometimes wish I was.
My family is six people, which is sometimes
too many. Not always, just sometimes.
My dad is mostly in an office on the phone, going, "I can't talk now - I'm up to my ears in it."
Mom is always gribbling about pants on the floor and shoes on the sofa. She says, "This house doesn't clean itself, you know.
"Who do you think does everything around here?
"Mr. Nobody?
"I don't get paid to pick up your smelly socks! If I did, I'd be a rich woman." etc. etc. non stop.
I am the third oldest, and I think it would have been a good idea if I was the youngest, too. I am not quite sure why my mom and dad wanted to have more children after me. They don't need another one and it's a shame because he is spoiling it for everyone else. He is called Minal Cricket and he tends to be utterly a nuisance. He is nonstop whining and causing other people to get themselves in trouble.
You might think it would be a relief to come to school, but if you do, then obviously you don't know some of the people in my class. Naming no names, i.e., Grace Grapello, what a showoff.
Sometimes I stare boredly into space, thinking utterly of nothing. This makes Mrs. Wilberton very irritated. I get on her nerves. I know this because she is always telling me I do.
To be honest, Mrs. Wilberton is not my favorite person on the planet of Earth. Unfortunately, I am from Earth and she is my teacher.
_______________ Utterly Me, Clarice Bean by Lauren Child. Copyright (c) 2003 by Lauren Child. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.

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