A Journey through the Universe by Lauren Child

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Clarice Bean would also like to have such a thrilling life as Ruby Redfort, superhero and detective, with a chauffeur, house staff and a mother who does not always check if she has brushed her teeth. In diary form, Clarice narrates her utterly ordinary life. Things are completely different in the exciting detective story ‘Ruby Redfort makes the Rules’ that Clarice is reading. In Lauren Child’s ‘Utterly Me, Clarice Bean’, she talks about Clarice's eccentric family and all their adventures. Afterwards, she takes her young public on a journey to her studio. She shows with bold, black strokes, strong colours and shimmering collages of carpets, tiles and wallpaper of the turbulent 21st century family life – where her small and large heroes, such as Clarice Bean, Charlie and Pia, the accursed Ratz or Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent are at home. And finally, she takes us into the fascinating dollhouse world of ‘The Princess and the Pea.’
4th-6th grade

Lauren Child, picture book illustrator and author, was born in 1967 in Wiltshire in England. After engaging in artistic training and various jobs her picture book ‘Clarice Bean, That’s Me’ (1999), and its famous title character, emerged rather by chance. Since then Child has become one of the most successful illustrators in Great Britain. With great imagination she creates kaleidoscopic collages, plays with text and photography and utilises colourful textures. In her prize-winning book ‘I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato – Charlie and Lola’ (2000) she shows the turbulence of family life in the 21st century. The illustrator lives in London.