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Nothing’s ever normal in Clarice Bean’s crazy family – and just now things are even stranger than usual. Dad keeps muttering about how “there might be a reshuffle going on at work” and how he will “have to jump through hoops” if he wants to get a “share of the pie” because “the big cheese” has been “making noises”. Meanwhile, mum spends her life “gribbling about pants on the floor and shoes on the sofa”. And as for Clarice’s brother, Minal Cricket, he “tends to be utterly a nuisance”. Come and share in the wonder and madness of it all in Clarice Bean’s secret diary. It’s a hoot!

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.5; Middle years; 3.0 points

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  • 192 pages



Lauren Child

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Lauren Child burst on to the children’s books scene in 1999 and has since published many bestselling and award-winning books, including those featuring the hugely popular Charlie and Lola, and the Clarice Bean series. Lauren was born in 1967, and grew up in Marlborough, Wiltshire. After studying Art at Manchester Polytechnic and London Art School, she worked in a variety of jobs, including assistant to Damien Hirst. She also started her own company, ‘Chandeliers for the People’, making exotic lampshades.

Her first children’s book Clarice Bean, That’s Me won a Bronze medal at the Nestle Smarties Book Awards. In 2000, she won the prestigious Kate Greenaway medal for I Will Not Ever, Never Eat a Tomato followed by a second Nestlé Smarties Book Prize in 2002 for That Pesky Rat. Clarice Bean became the star of Lauren’s first novel Utterly Me, Clarice Bean in 2002, and went on to appear in two more novels. A television series based on her Charlie and Lola books has also become a huge hit for CBBC.

Lauren Child first introduced the character of Ruby Redfort in her three award-winning, bestselling Clarice Bean novels. Since then she has been inundated with letters from fans asking for the Ruby Redfort books. And it must have worked, because the first two in the series, Ruby Redfort: Look Into My Eyes and Ruby Redfort: Take Your Last Breath have already been published to great critical and commercial success.

Lauren Child’s illustrations contain many different mediums including magazine cuttings, collage, material and photography as well as traditional watercolours. Lauren lives in London, where she works for the Design Agency ‘Big Fish’. In 2008 she was announced as UNESCO’s Artist for Peace and in 2010 she was awarded an MBE for services to literature.


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  1. jasmine
    on 15 April 2009

    utterly me,clarice bean

    this is a great book for all it is so true and i think that sooooo many people can relate to the main character clarice bean who is a young kid that has 2 older siblings and 1 younger. she dislikles her youngest siblng and is quite cheeky,

    5out of 5

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What kids think

  1. Avatar owl 761790

    on 6 March 2015

    I can picture this book in my head I love it and ive got it at home. It’s UTTERLY fantastic!!!

  2. Clarice thumb 136

    on 8 February 2015

    The whole idea of the Clarice Bean collection is just fantastic! They are so realistic!♥

    5out of 5
  3. Croc 113527

    on 8 March 2014

    I like this book it is really good

  4. Default avatar

    on 8 March 2014

    When I was little, I really loved Clarice Bean! Her books are suitable for young children of all genders and are warm and witty.

  5. Clarice thumb 136

    on 20 June 2013

    I got the whole set of the lauren child books and it ws her who inspired me to read and really enjoy her books because they are funny no matter how old I get and now I am quite older I still do recommend this to everyone because everyone will enjoy it , it is funny, humourous and utterly hilarious and makes me stay up all night reading it!

    5out of 5
  6. Jane blonde 113694

    on 10 March 2013

    I love this book, you get really stuck into this book once you start reading it. The illustrations are amazing, that is a big part of the book as Lauren Child said she just chcuks her words around and thats the feeling you get off of the book. So this book is definetely recommended!

    5out of 5
  7. Bellasara 113282

    on 5 March 2013

    This book is really funny! Clarice Bean will make you laugh out loud.

  8. Default avatar

    on 4 March 2013

    I loved all the Clarice Bean books they are quick and easy. I love all the illustrations. I would recommend for 8- 10 year olds

  9. Petula 113689

    on 4 March 2012

    a little boring

  10. Clarice thumb 136

    on 3 March 2012

    When I got this book I was fairly young, but when I read it, I was alot older. This didn’t effect me in the slightest, because I think its a humerous, interesting, colourful book, with clever storylines and great characters, weaved into the mix. If I am 7 or 70, I’d still pick up this book, or reccomend this to anybody within this age gap, because I think everyone would enjoy it.

  11. Clarice thumb 136

    on 29 January 2012

    It is an alright book. It is not as good as the other two Clarice Bean books.

    5out of 5
  12. Clarice thumb 136

    on 17 September 2011

    i couldn’t put this book down

    4out of 5
  13. Clarice thumb 136

    on 7 May 2011

    I have read all of the clarice bean chapter books so I know what they are like, and I think they are VERY good. clarice bean is my favorite book in the whole wide world, even if Iheard another book that was really good, I would still like clarice bean the most. I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love books sooo much I cant stop reading them & I cant choose which book is the best one but because clarice bean is sooo good I know which one I like best becaue it is sooo good!!! when I grow up, I would like to be writer, and I really, really, really, love books.

    5out of 5
  14. Jane blonde 113694

    on 1 March 2011

    Hard to read but good fun makes reading a laugh.

  15. Avatar cleopatra 761742

    on 20 February 2011

    Cute. Good for girl who dont really like books.

  16. Hayley 113303

    on 5 February 2011

    So Funny! Just makes you want to LOL

    5out of 5
  17. Clarice thumb 136

    on 23 June 2010

    A brilliant book great for eight year olds!

    4out of 5
  18. Clarice thumb 136

    on 21 September 2009

    Utterly fabulous!

    5out of 5