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Clarice Bean Spells Trouble

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Lauren Child was absolutely utterly never in trouble when she was at school. Ever. And if she was, it was usually for a very good reason. And nearly always not her fault. The author-illustrator of the acclaimed UTTERLY ME, CLARICE BEAN, the first full-length fiction adventure starring Clarice Bean, Lauren Child has also created several picture books about this popular character. In addition, Lauren Child is the creator of a series of picture books about the lovable sibling pair Charlie and Lola, including I WILL NEVER NOT EVER EAT A TOMATO, which was awarded the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. Lauren Child lives and works in London.


Gr 1-4-In this follow-up to Utterly Me, Clarice Bean (Candlewick, 2003), Clarice prepares for a spelling bee, hopes to land a good part in a play, tries to please a teacher, and is supportive of a friend. She continually employs the mind-set of her favorite book/TV detective, Ruby Redfort, to try to keep out of trouble and to help others. However, Clarice discovers that sometimes being a real friend is worth being in big trouble. The childish language and writing style will attract fans of Barbara Park's "Junie B. Jones" series (Random) and random sketches and font changes should help keep the interest of young readers. The novel begins well, slows down, and picks up again toward the end. Loose ends leave readers to assume that unanswered questions will be addressed in future books. While the story is somewhat disorganized and some readers may not be satisfied by its conclusion, overall it is appealing.-Amanda Rose Conover, St. John's County Public Library System, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

PW called Clarice Bean, who graduated from picture books to chapter books in Utterly Me, Clarice Bean, "once again,... utterly a charmer." In the heroine's second paper-over-board chapter-book adventure, Clarice Bean Spells Trouble by Lauren Child, she is again obsessed with Ruby Redfort, the 11-year-old secret agent star of her book, and attempts to help a friend by following fictional Ruby's rules, all this while preparing for a spelling bee and attempting to land a leading role in The Sound of Music. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

This entertaining chapter book will please readers who are ready to move up from Amelia or Junie B. Jones. --Booklist As utterly herself as ever. . . . Judy Moody and Junie B. Jones fans will happily dive into the observations of this 'exceptionordinarily' entertaining middle-grader. --Kirkus Reviews

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