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Chips, Beans and Limousines: The Fantastic Diary of Bathsheba Clarice De Trop! [Paperback]

Leila Rasheed
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Book Description

29 Feb 2008 Bathsheba Clarice De Trop
Bathsheba Clarice de Trop thinks she's a star. Well, her mum is a world-famous novelist whose books are all about the amazing adventures of her fabulous daughter, and of course the stories must be true. But when Bathsheba is confronted by her down-and-out father, and discovers that her role in the fantastic new Bathsheba film will be played by hot US actress Avocado Dieppe, she has to face reality. She might not be as famous as she liked to think, but maybe she can still be a star in her own right. Girls will love the hilariously delusional and touching world of Bathsheba, a captivating new character.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd (29 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0746090919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0746090916
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I've always loved children's books. I started writing when I was thirteen, at boarding school - a darkly humorous fantasy about a girl called Ariadne Gallimaufreys (I like unusual names for characters :)). I still hope to turn that idea into a real novel one day... Jobs I've done include: administrative assistant for a children's literacy charity, children's bookseller in Waterstone's, Brussels, and now writing tutor. I was brought up in Libya and since then have travelled all over the place, spending several years living in Brussels, and time living in Italy.

My website is at: www.leilarasheed.com and I have another one, which includes a blog, at www.thewritingden.webs.com.

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From the Back Cover

Dear New Diary,


I have a surprise for you. It is a BIG surprise. So, are you sitting down? No, you are lying flat on my desk while I write in you. Obviously. Okay, just breathe deeply, and try to stay calm.


The hand that is writing in you now, belongs to... BATHESHEBA CLARICE DE TROP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Yes!! Yes yes yes yes yes!!!!!!


But you never thought you'd belong to a celebrity did you?


-------------------------


Bathsheba Clarice de Trop's life is so super starry. Or is it?

About the Author

LEILA RASHEED has gained both an MA in Children's Literature and Creative Writing. She started work at Reading Is Fundamental, a children's literacy charity, before moving to Belgium in November 2006. Leila now works as the children's bookseller for Waterstone's in Brussels.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming 28 Feb 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is not at all what I expected when I started reading. It looks like a simple diary for quite young readers but it is so much more. The cheerful first person narrative hides a wealth of self deception which dawns on the reader before the main character works it out for herself. And when she does it is touchingly sad, but then becomes delightful as Bathsheba begins to sort her life out. It remains charming and innocent throughout but there are nonetheless some life lessons in the story. I can't recommend this book warmly enough. It should appeal to girls of 7-12.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome a new teenage heroine! 22 Mar 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this without knowing quite what to expect, but was delighted by what I read. Once I'd got to the end of it, the best bit of news was that Leila Rasheed is already working on the next one, so we can find out more about "Bath"'s alternately amazing and engaging life.

The story bounces along at a nice pace, and the jokes and clever happenings seem to be queuing up for your attention. At the centre of the whirling world Bathsheba inhabits, though, is a genuinely engaging and believable character.

I highly recommend this book, especially for older children, but also for anyone who fancies some memorable laughs, meeting some memorable characters, and reading a writer who clearly enjoyed herself while she was writing the book.

Top notch stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Bathsheba 9 May 2009
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Format:Paperback
Bathsheba's diaries are fabulous for children 8-10yrs. In this book she takes us through her life, I've read the first 2 books and I love them. I can't wait for the 3rd one to come out and I advise you to read them too. I think really girly girls will like this book because Bathsheba thinks and acts like a girly girl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More please! 1 Mar 2008
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Format:Paperback
This has great appeal and warmth and is perfect for older children. Bathsheba is a well-drawn, perfect character who really makes you laugh...and cry!

I can't wait for the sequel!
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