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From Barnes & NobleIn a delightful sequel to her award-winning book,Clarice Bean, That's Me, Lauren Child has crafted another tale of the irrepressible Clarice and her slightly offbeat extended family. In Clarice Bean, Guess Who's Babysitting?, Uncle Ted the fireman has been employed to babysit Clarice, her pesky younger brother Minal Cricket, and their typically teenaged older siblings, Kurt and Marcie. And let's not forget Grandad, who forgets plenty on his own and has a habit of wandering off and disappearing for hours on end. Thrown into the mix for a bit of adventure and hilarity is Albert, the school's guinea pig, who is being cared for by Clarice over spring break.
Life in Clarice's household is ever busy, lots of fun, and filled with the same ups and downs most kids will find in their own homes. There are family squabbles, sibling rivalries, adult idiosyncrasies, and odd little habits. And while Uncle Ted is in charge, there are plenty of crises, too, like when both Grandad and Albert go missing. The book's layout has the same anything-goes style that Clarice's family has, with words that trail in all directions, fonts that please and tease the eye, and Child's collage-like illustrations, a delightful mish-mash of ink line drawings and watercolor overlaid on snippets of wallpaper, photographs, and cut-out backgrounds.