Lauren Child. By Charlotte Hayhoe & Catherine Janson. Biography. Born in 1967 in Wiltshire Middle child of three sisters. Parents both teachers. Studies at Manchester Polytechnic and City and Guilds London Art School. Didn’t like either of them so she left after a year
By Charlotte Hayhoe & Catherine Janson
A review by a child
‘I absolutely loved Clarice Bean spells trouble. I don’t really like reading but once I had read the first page of this I didn’t want to put it down. I wanted to read all of the Clarice Bean books so for my birthday I asked my Nan to buy me the other Clarice Bean books. I already had another one called Utterly Me Clarice Bean so I read that one in three days. Lauren Child’s, Clarice Bean Spells Trouble is really really funny. I loved the way she says it you can picture in your head.’
A review by a parent
‘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.’ (2003)
A review by a parent
‘A perfect introduction to the wider world of older children for my five year old daughter. A great cast of a range of characters and an easy way into thinking about our effects on the world. We laugh at Grandad’s sandwich every time, even before we turn the page! My favourite bedtime book (I think she likes it too).’
On her TV series
I really want a pet.
“Please Mum, can I have a pet?”
Mum says, “Well – perhaps something with not too much fur.”
Dad says, “Maybe something that lives outside.”
Granny says, “Nothing with a buzz.” It interferes with her hearing aid.
Grandad says, “Stuffed pets are very reliable.”
In school we are learning about the planet of Earth. Our planet earth is quite small compared to Jupiter or Saturn but compared to the sun Pluto is a peppercorn. It’s hard to think of ourselves living on a planet because it doesn’t feel like we are standing on something round. It’s amazing the sea doesn’t spill of at the edges, but that’s gravity for you!
“I can button up my coat ALL on my own.
I can use the computer ALL on my own.
And I can DEFINATELY pour pink milk ALL on my own.”
I say, “Let me help, Lola.”
But she says, “NO. I can do anything that’s everything ALL on my own.”