It's the worry you hadn't even thought to worry about that should worry you the most. At least that's how it looks to Clarice Bean, who has been writing her worries in a notebook - things like Worry no. 1: infinity, or Worry no. 3: change. And now that her worst never-imagined worry has happened - her utterly best friend is moving away forever - Clarice doesn't even care about her tickets to the Ruby Redfort, girl detective, film premiere. That is, unless something happens to change things again ...Lauren Child's trademark wit combines with spot-on insight in this hugely engaging story about childhood worries, unwanted changes and finding friendships in the most surprising places. 'Funny, contemporary and perceptive' - Mail on Sunday 'A comic and poignant journey' - The Sunday Times 'Clarice Bean fans will be delighted by her new adventures ...Anxieties such as "change" and "having to go back to school after the holidays" will be recognised by everyone, while her ways of approaching them are delightful' - Guardian
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In a Wemberly Worried (2000) for middle-grade readers, Clarice Bean catalogs concerns both immediate and cosmic ("Worry No. 3. Change."), while chronic lack of sleep, increasingly sharp arguments between her high-strung parents and the departure of best friend Betty Moody combine to drive her spiraling down into scowling gloom. Brusquely rejecting several overtures from classmates, she becomes a sour loner, compulsively scouring a cherished Guide For Spies by her literary heroine Ruby Redfort for advice while watching pretty new student Clem Hansson hook up (or so she thinks) with class sociopath Justin Broach. The domestic chaos that came off as funny in previous episodes just seems disturbing here. And though Child tries to lighten the load on her depressed protagonist by having her discover just how many friends she still has when Justin tries to bully her, and also to learn that she was wrong about Clem, her parents' imminent breakup and other matters, the effort comes too late to lift the dismal overall tone. Clarice Bean has many fans, but this new outing isn't as finely tuned as the others, and so is unlikely to earn her many new ones. (Fiction. 9-11) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Book Review: Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now by Lauren Child - Reviewed by Romi Foster (23 Nov 2011)
The third book in the Clarice Bean series, Clairce is just as remarkable, jsut as herself and living just as crazy a life as before. But her best friend, Betty Moody, has suddenly disappeared, and then Clarice finds out something awful- she's moving away. Her best friend, who's been with her through everything, Betty Moody, is moving away, to a whole different country. And Clarice is lost without her; no one else wants to be her friend, and the new girl from Sweden is just making matters worse with her populatarity and ways. Clarice's life looks like it's falling apart, but is it all that bad?
Book Review: Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now by Lauren Child - Reviewed by E.L.L.I.E (02 Sep 2011)
Clarice Bean, an underachiever wants to take her life in a different direction. Eager to be smart and praised by the teacher, she tries her hardest to do well in the spelling bee. As usual, she doubts herself and doesn't do so well. Things get harder though. Her best friend has gone to America and she is really very alone. Her once exception-ordinary life has just turned upside down. She starts a new but unsteady friendship with someone who always cops the blame for other peoples' mistakes, but his time Clarice takes the blame because of him. Will she give up?
Author Biography - Lauren Child
Lauren Child is a multi award-winning, bestselling writer and artist whose books are known and loved the world over. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola. Since her first book was published in 1999, Lauren has sold over 3 million books in 19 languages worldwide. Her many awards include the prestigious Kate Greenaway Prize 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. 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.