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Clarice Bean: Clarice Bean, Utterly Me [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Lauren Child
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2 July 2009 Clarice Bean (Book 6)

The audio CD edition of Lauren Child's best-selling first novel, introducing Clarice Bean to a whole new audience. Read by Claire Skinner, star of the hugely popular TV series 'Outnumbered'.

The story revisits Clarice's wacky family, and introduces Ruby Redfort, ace girl detective and star of Clarice's favourite books. Ruby is always going on exciting adventures, but all Clarice gets to do is go to the local shop on her own. But when Clarice and her best friend, Betty Moody, decide to do their school project on the Ruby Redfort books, they suddenly start finding mysteries everywhere. Why are all the coats on the wrong hooks at school, and where has Grandad disappeared to?

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Product details

  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (2 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843626810
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843626817
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,265 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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Utterly Me, Clarice Bean is Lauren Child's rather marvellous follow up to the super-savvy picture books that first launched the unforgettable Clarice into Smarties Prize and Kate Greenaway Medal winning orbit. This time, Child has moved away from her usual format and strikes gold in a novel for younger folk.

Clarice's extraordinarily ordinary family are under pressure. 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 about "some people being left out in the cold if they don’t keep their eye on the ball", while mum spends her life "gribbling about pants on the floor and shoes on the sofa". And as for her brother, Minal Cricket, he "tends to be utterly a nuisance".

Meanwhile, Mrs Wilburton, the school teacher who insists that Clarice sets a book project "which sounds utterly dreary", until, that is, Miss Bean realises there is a prize. Together with best friend Betty Moody, Clarice sets about bagging the booty with the aid of The Ruby Redford Collection, a series of books about an 11-year-old detective.

As the games commence, Clarice tells her story through her diary, navigating childhood minefields and inviting readers to join her in her wide-eyed wonder at the madness of it all. Children will enjoy the easy-flowing, slightly breathless style and the familiarity of day-to-day dramas, and will undoubtedly agree with many of Clarice's observations on the utter unfairness of childhood in general.

Black and white drawings and random meanderings into alternative type faces that perfectly ape the bored scribblings of many a child add a visual dimension that will appeal even to less able or reluctant readers as well as to those who enjoy a good read. And let us not forget that Utterly Me, Clarice Bean is just about perfect for reading aloud--in fact, this option is highly recommended as depriving the grown-ups of this laugh-out-loud experience would be utterly, utterly unfair. Ages six and over. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


"Hilarious and irresistible." Financial Times "An utterly fantastic book." Sunday Times"

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly, a gem! 18 Jun 2003
My seven year old daughter read this in an afternoon and utterly loved it. I read it too with a good deal of amusement and much admiration for the brilliant writing and illustration. Lauren Child presents the fun and frustrations of childhood with great wit and sympathy and a total lack of sentimentality. The first person narrative beautifully evokes the language of the primary school playground, while giving an inimitable, child's take on her own and the adult world.
As a child, my daughter could relate to Clarice's trials with her family and teacher (little brother Minal's bad jokes struck a particular chord!), her relationships with her friends and enemies, and her struggles with the dreaded class project. As a parent, I enjoyed the insights into the life of primary age children, the way in which relationships develop, the ambitious plans that don't quite work out, the misinterpretation of events, the independent thought often underestimated by adults.
Clarice's story is interwoven with that of Ruby Redfort - the heroine of a series of a much loved mystery-adventure books Clarice herself is reading. The two stories develop with Clarice and her friends using Ruby-like skills to solve the mystery of the missing trophy and complete their project. My daughter said she wished the Ruby Redfort books really existed, as they sounded excellent.
But perhaps the clearest compliment comes from her interpretation of Clarice's age, cleverly never stated. "I think she must be seven or eight", says my daughter, "Just like me!"
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By ellie
I am 9. I got this out of the school library for reading time and UTTERLY adored it. I couldn't stop reading it and finsighed it in 3 sessions. It's got a great sense of humour and I found at my first attempt I got up to page 90. I didn't laugh out loud because my teacher would have got annoyed but I hooted lots in my head. I really want to read some more Lauren Child books
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Me, Clarice Bean 12 Jun 2003
By A Customer
I have just finished this book and was howling with laughter all the way through. Although I know it's not exacltly aimed at my age group (I'm 26!) I love Clarice Bean and have previously only read the picture books by Lauren Child so I was interested to see how she would make the transition from picture book to novel. She certainly didn't disappoint. The descriptions of Clarice's mad family are all here - the house is taken over by Grandad's friend's dogs, Kurt still smells of cheese - and Lauren's unique and amusing illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to the text. I loved the drawing of Clarice's teacher as a slug!
This book is absolutely fabulous, and can't fail to disappoint.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars utterly me, clarice bean- yes please 10 Feb 2003
I bought this on a whim, seeing the cover, for my 9 year old daughter. Both she and I read it within 24 hours and now her 12 year old sister has it secreted under her pillow to read at night. As a 9 year old with teenage siblings my daughter loved Clarice Bean and reading a book about a girl who loves to read was like reading about herself. A lovely simple, gently humourous tale, just wacky enough for us all to enjoy and characters with which to empathise. I have been ordered to search out other Clarice Bean books and have bought another 2 today. Once again I can buy from Amazon books that I cannot buy in the shops
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly marvelous 26 Sep 2004
I love this book because it is written exactly the way that young children think, speak and write. Clarice is up front, honest and offers no pretences: 'I am not an only child, but I sometimes wish I was' opens the book. Written with a sense of humour so dry that it is almost arid. Clarice has an opinion about everything, especially her teacher Mrs Wilberton. I can imagine a big sister reading any Lauren Child book to a younger one and both of them enjoying it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clarice Bean is a Winner! 17 Feb 2010
Imagine Lola, only a few years older. Now imagine getting inside her head and experiencing her life for a few weeks. Fascinating, funny and utterly charming! A real winner! I can't wait to read the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly great! 1 Feb 2009
A Kid's Review
I think Clarice Bean is really, really funny and I just can't stop reading her books. There's a really funny bit in it where her teacher Mrs Wilberton says 'Clarice Bean will you please come back down to earth this instant!'. It's the bestest book on my shelf and I've got 4 others of her books. I recommend it, as people of any age can read it and the book is just brilliant! Jasmine, aged 8.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 3 July 2013
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Highly recommended. My daughter cannot have enough of it, she read it so many times already. Excellent read for young girl.
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Published 18 days ago by Peter M Came
5.0 out of 5 stars The first chapter book I actually finished much to my mum's delight!
I loved this book. It was my first Clarice Bean book. I got it from my school library. As I know myself, I have never been a good reader, so when I picked this book up I thought... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. S. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Girlie Gift .
Fantastic present for my daughter ..think I enjoyed the book just as much as her ..a delight and beautiful sleeve .
Published 8 months ago by sarah pitcher
5.0 out of 5 stars utterly great!
Great story. Used book in great condition.
My 6-year-old and I just can't stop reading Clarice bean books. Beware, they are very addictive! Read more
Published 17 months ago by communic8te
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book
The story is interesting so far, my neice feels motivated to read it on a daily basis. She has complained that its not as adventerous as she wishes, though she did read a very... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mohammed Garcia Al Ansi
5.0 out of 5 stars i love this
I LOVE this book i think its amazing (i am 10) i just couldn't put it down, for christmas i wish to get all of the books i think that all children aged 7+ would love it also my mum... Read more
Published on 22 July 2011 by Shelley Tomsett
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Me
I love this grown up Lola style book. My husband and I read to our 7 year old and she was enthralled. (Even our 10 year old son was chuckling away in the background too... Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2010 by Mandyfab
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally fantastic !
An absolute winner from Lauren Child. A really lovely book with a super use of text styles and illustrations. Makes a nice change from the usual plain printing. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2010 by TM
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for children and parents...
After much arguing among my three children (twins 9, plus an 8), we finally agreed that we would listen to 'girly, baby Clarice Bean' on a long car journey, and since then the kids... Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2009 by Simon Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Me, Clarice Bean
clarice bean is one of my utterly favourite books in a ceries with four siblings anything could go worng. with entertaining jokes it would make anybody like this book! Read more
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