Lauren Child's best-selling first novel, introducing Clarice Bean to a whole new audience.
The story revisits Clarice's 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 Granddad disappeared to
'Very entertaining.' Independent
'Feisty and freewheeling. Hilarious and irresistible.' Financial Times
'Packed with life and fun and fabulous to look at.' Bookseller
"The delightfully wacky Clarice Bean is the star of this absorbing story bubbling with exuberance and vitality." - Good Book Guide
Child can make you laugh and cry at virtually every page. - Big Issue (Giles Andreae)
Essential reading for all savvy girls... great fun. - Angels & Urchins
Lauren Child's earlier creation - schoolgirl Clarice Bean - is arguably her greatest. - Sunday Express
Lauren Child MBE is a multi award-winning author and current Children's Laureate, whose books are known and loved the world over. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort. Since her first book was published in 1999, Lauren has sold over six 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.