Clarice Bean, Guess Who's Babysittingby Lauren Child
Who can Mom and Dad get to babysit the feisty Clarice, her pesky brother Minal Cricket, and the school’s guinea pig, Albert, who’s visiting for spring break? (Not to mention/b>
Now in paperback. Lauren Child’s spunky character returns and—as if things could get any livelier in Clarice Bean’s household—Uncle Ted is babysitting!
Who can Mom and Dad get to babysit the feisty Clarice, her pesky brother Minal Cricket, and the school’s guinea pig, Albert, who’s visiting for spring break? (Not to mention teenage brother Kurt, who abhors daylight; big sis Marcie, who chats on the phone all day; and Grandad, who tends to wander off.) Only Uncle Ted, firefighter and movie addict, can be persuaded. Will he survive the week?
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.
Meet the Author
Lauren Child attended art school and did "lots of other things" before writing CLARICE BEAN, THAT'S ME. She designed ceramics for children, worked as an artist's assistant, and created lampshades for her own company. About the inspiration for this book—her first for Candlewick Press—she says, "I grew up with an older sister who read a lot and a younger sister who I had to share a room with whenever we had visitors (which was a lot, and my sister was very untidy, and guess who had to clean up the mess.)"
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