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Charlie and Lola: I Am Too Absolutely Small For School Paperback – 18 Oct 2007


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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (18 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846168856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846168857
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 0.6 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lauren Child grew up in Marlborough, Wiltshire. She is the middle of three sisters and both her parents are teachers. She has had a variety of jobs from waitressing to designing exotic, elegant lampshades and working as an artist's assistant to Damien Hirst.

Lauren Child is considered one of the most talented children's book author/illustrators working today and has won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, the Nestle Gold Book Award for That Pesky Rat and the Nestle Bronze Book Award for Beware of the Storybook Wolves. Utterly Me, Clarice Bean, Lauren's first fiction title, was a runaway success all over the world. Lauren has now sold over 3 million books in 19 countries across the globe.

Notable events in Lauren's career include selection for Quentin Blake's Magic Pencil Exhibition (British Library) in 2005; the Charlie and Lola TV series winning a BAFTA in 2007; In 2008 Lauren was appointed Artist for Peace by UNESCO and has been spearheading a project to raise money for UNESCO's Programme for the Education of Children in Need, called My Life is a Story. All profits from the sale of a special edition of That Pesky Rat will go to UNESCO. A retrospective of Lauren's work starting at the Manchester Art gallery toured the country from 2008 to 2010.

Lauren loves designing and making things and finds it exciting to see her drawings turned into objects. Other favourite things include the cinema, TV matinees, small Italian cars, handbags, cardigans, travelling and being picked up from the airport.

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No first-timer should start school without this book (The Sunday Times)

An imaginative and beautiful tale... Excellent (The Sun)

Lauren Child is so good it's exhilarating (Independent)

Lauren Child is a star (Guardian)

A unique talent (Sunday Telegraph)

Child gives a simple story about starting school extra layers of complexity and humour (Books for Keeps)

Exciting, funny and memorable (Child Care)

A must for any child...she writes about the trials of childhood with a clairvoyant eye (The Independent)

Deals sympathetically with children's fears surrounding the first day of school (Teesside Evening Telegraph)

An exciting, funny and memorable read for both carers and children (Child Care)

Done with all Child's usual wit and idiosyncratic style (Children's Bookseller)

Fresh, provocative and sharp-witted (Carousel)

With the author's trademark collages, funky, curly writing and soaring leaps of imagination, this book is set to become a modern classic (Daily Mail)

This is a winner either as a read-aloud or for independent perusal (School Library Journal)

Go straight out and beg, borrow or steal a copy of Lauren Child's latest book (Angels & Urchins)

Perfect preparation for school - not preachy or scary, just charming (Scottish Sunday Mail)

An exceptional starting school book full of diversity in print, presentation and illustration (Scholastic)

Child is the Tracey Emin of illustration for young children: provocative, fearless, funny but full of spirit and warmth (The Independent)

An imaginative and beautiful tale (The Sun)

Lauren Child is a must for any child...feels fresh and instantly consoling (The Independent)

Child gives a simple story about starting school extra layers of complexity and humour. (Books for Keeps)

Child is the Tracey Emin of illustration for young children: provocative, fearless, funny, but full of spirit and warmth. (The Independent)

An exciting, funny and memorable read for both carers and children. (Child Care)

An imaginative and beautiful tale... Excellent. (The Sun)

Book Description

An extremely special 15th anniversary edition of this classic Charlie and Lola story of starting-school worries.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Alex Higgins on 3 Oct. 2004
Format: Paperback
Few of the books I give to children at the primary school where I work to have a look at have proved as popular as Lauren Child's, which stand out because of the wonderfully creative illustrations and the wit of the dialogue.
A return of Charlie and Lola from 'I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato' (still the best in the series) is welcome with Charlie trying to persuade Lola of the worthwhile-ness of going to school and conquering all-too-common fears, with varying degrees of success. A good one for a parent or teacher faced with that situation, though perhaps not all Charlie's answers are so convincing...
Usually popular with children from Reception to Year 4 (5-8 years old) or perhaps older children still wary about longer books. Most grown-ups will enjoy reading it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Seren Ade HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a charming and entertaining entry in the 'Charlie and Lola' series, and one which has particular significance for preschool-age children in the run-up to starting at 'big school'. I first bought a copy of this title in 2005, when one of the preschoolers I work with was showing significant signs of distress about starting school. She really related to the story - which helped her to deal with her anxiety about the transition.

The story has been a big hit with subsequent 'generations' of nursery children, as Lola's doubts and fears reflect those of many school starters.

So why not a full 5 stars for a story that is well written and entertaining?

Unfortunately, unlike ALL of the primary schools in the rural area where I work (and many elsewhere), there is no school uniform at the school Lola will be joining, and her fears regarding same dress are totally unfounded because she will not have to wear a uniform ("schooliform").

Although Charlie points out that for schoolwear stripes are preferable to her crocodile costume, Lola's distaste for likeness of dress ultimately prevails and the story includes an image of children in uniform (Lola-clones) all dressed alike which is very negative.

If you're i) in an area, or ii) sending your child to a school where uniform is mandatory for primary schoolers, then it's up to the teacher/ reader to explain the positive (e.g. group identity) aspects of uniform.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By International Cowgirl VINE VOICE on 10 May 2007
Format: Paperback
Generally just on the right side of twee, the tremendously fashionable Lauren Child follows up picky eating and bedtime routines with the popular theme of starting school. This was back in the old days, before the TV show, when Child was still writing the stories herself. Now she just 'originates' them (and, for this parent at least, the idiosyncracies of language are starting to wear dangerously thin...)

Too Small for School is a lovely book, though. Once you get past that obligatory opening paragraph ('I have this little sister Lola...) which always makes my daughter roll her eyes in annoyance, it's a non-stop collage-fest with the usual wacky features. The Charlie and Lola books always encourage interaction - here there are photos of biscuits (for your child to choose their favourite), and numbered fingers and toes (bound to get most children counting their own)... even Japanese fridge magnets (that my daughter is thrilled to recognise from Mummy's half-baked attempts at learning the language). This book is cooler than cool.

It's frightfully middle class, of course, with Charlie and Lola attending a hip and happening school where there's no such thing as a 'schooliform' (not much help for all those children forced to wear regulation grey, of course). Lola's invisible friend Soren Lorenson makes an 'appearance' though (well, sort of) to great effect (with even a shadowy lunch box on his side of the table). It's this kind of cutesy touch that makes Lauren Child the star she is. On the downside, though, I was at a restaurant the other day, and they'd inserted a completely gratuitous 'absolutely' into the kids' menu (well, it was 'absolutley', actually, which is even worse). Lauren Child might just have a lot to answer for!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lindy on 8 Nov. 2012
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My granddaughter is a Charlie and Lola fan and I gave this to her just before she started at primary school. The school she attends is non-uniform, otherwise she might have been put off even before she started. Why did the author make such a point that Lola's school is likewise? Unusual these days. I see that this has been noted here already, and I was annoyed by it on behalf of others: my grandsons all wear uniform at their school. Spoils the book really.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By jenny on 2 May 2005
Format: Hardcover
I love this book, never mind my children! This book is great, whether your child is just about to start school or whether they are reflecting in their school experiences to date. Lola, the new starter does not want to go to school and her ever so supportive brother seems to have an answer for everything to combat her fears! The book is so multi-faceted, as it lends itself to all manners of the curriculum, whether, literacy;numeracy;art or PSHE. We just love the look of the book and how every time we read it we are greeted with something new!
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Format: Paperback
Having managed to convince his little sister Lola to eat up her dinner and go to bed, Charlie is now facing the thorny issue of going to school. As usual, Lola can come up with endless reasons why she should not do this particular thing and Charlie has to use all his powers of persuasion to convince her otherwise.

Young fans of Charlie and Lola are sure to love this next instalment, with its quirky illustrations and childish logic. Lola's imaginary friend, Soren Lorenson, also makes an appearance, so you can have fun searching for him in some of the pictures.

Even though school is still a little way off for my daughter, we have had great fun reading this book together.

This review refers to the paperback edition of 'I am TOO absolutely small for school' published by Orchard Books in 2007.
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