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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 Medal 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.
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I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed

By Lauren Child

A classic Charlie and Lola picture book about tricky bedtimes from Children's Laureate Lauren Child.

Charlie has this little sister Lola. Sometimes he has to try and get her off to bed. This is a hard job because Lola likes to stay up late...

Lola says, "I am not slightly sleepy at 6 or 7 or 8. I am still wide awake at 9 and not at all tired at 10,11 and 12 and I will probably be perky at even 13 o'clock in the morning."

Told with true Lauren Child style, this warm and funny picture book will make bedtime fun for even the most reluctant of children.

As seen on CBeebies!

'Funny, bright and very entertaining' - Daily Mail

Screamingly funny and utterly brilliantFunny, bright and very entertainingTotally delightful... every page is a visual treatChild tackles a common childhood conundrum with boundless imagination and zipA book that I am sure children will want to have read time and time again.Truly reflects family life and is made special by Lauren Child's fascinating illustrations and her great feel for humour. Authentic and very funny.A classic Charlie and Lola bedtime story from Children's Laureate Lauren Child.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 Medal 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.Lauren Child is the Children's Laureate for 2017-19Lauren Child is one of the most popular and succesful author/illustrators of all time, with worldwide sales of over 3 million copiesCharlie and Lola are familiar characters to pre-schoolers, with the animation screened daily on the CBeebies channelHigh spec edition with embossing, jacket flaps and an author letter from Lauren Child
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I Am Too Absolutely Small For School

By Lauren Child

A classic Charlie and Lola picture book about starting school worries, from Children's Laureate Lauren Child.

Charlie's little sister Lola is nearly big enough to go to school. But Lola is not so sure...

Lola says, "I am absolutely not BIG. I am still really quite small. I probably do not have time to go to school. I am too extremely busy doing important things at home."

This classic first-day-at-school tale addresses children's fears with warmth, humour, and a lot of fun.

As seen on CBeebies!

'No first-timer should start school without this book' - The Sunday Times

No first-timer should start school without this bookAn imaginative and beautiful tale... ExcellentLauren Child is so good it's exhilaratingLauren Child is a starA unique talentChild gives a simple story about starting school extra layers of complexity and humourExciting, funny and memorableA must for any child...she writes about the trials of childhood with a clairvoyant eyeDeals sympathetically with children's fears surrounding the first day of schoolAn exciting, funny and memorable read for both carers and childrenDone with all Child's usual wit and idiosyncratic styleFresh, provocative and sharp-wittedWith the author's trademark collages, funky, curly writing and soaring leaps of imagination, this book is set to become a modern classicThis is a winner either as a read-aloud or for independent perusalGo straight out and beg, borrow or steal a copy of Lauren Child's latest bookPerfect preparation for school - not preachy or scary, just charmingAn exceptional starting school book full of diversity in print, presentation and illustrationChild is the Tracey Emin of illustration for young children: provocative, fearless, funny but full of spirit and warmthAn imaginative and beautiful taleLauren Child is a must for any child...feels fresh and instantly consolingThe perfect preparation for reception as it covers many of the normal fears about starting schoolNo first-timer should start school without this bookAn imaginative and beautiful tale... ExcellentLauren Child is so good it's exhilaratingLauren Child is a starA unique talentChild gives a simple story about starting school extra layers of complexity and humourExciting, funny and memorableChild gives a simple story about starting school extra layers of complexity and humour.Child is the Tracey Emin of illustration for young children: provocative, fearless, funny, but full of spirit and warmth.An exciting, funny and memorable read for both carers and children.An imaginative and beautiful tale... Excellent.No first-timer should start school without this bookAn imaginative and beautiful tale... ExcellentLauren Child is so good it's exhilaratingLauren Child is a starA unique talentChild gives a simple story about starting school extra layers of complexity and humourExciting, funny and memorableA must for any child...she writes about the trials of childhood with a clairvoyant eyeDeals sympathetically with children's fears surrounding the first day of schoolAn exciting, funny and memorable read for both carers and childrenDone with all Child's usual wit and idiosyncratic styleFresh, provocative and sharp-wittedWith the author's trademark collages, funky, curly writing and soaring leaps of imagination, this book is set to become a modern classicThis is a winner either as a read-aloud or for independent perusalGo straight out and beg, borrow or steal a copy of Lauren Child's latest bookPerfect preparation for school - not preachy or scary, just charmingAn exceptional starting school book full of diversity in print, presentation and illustrationChild is the Tracey Emin of illustration for young children: provocative, fearless, funny but full of spirit and warmthAn imaginative and beautiful taleLauren Child is a must for any child...feels fresh and instantly consolingThe perfect preparation for reception as it covers many of the normal fears about starting schoolA classic Charlie and Lola picture book about starting school worries, from Children's Laureate Lauren Child.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 Medal 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.Lauren Child is the Children's Laureate for 2017-19Lauren Child is one of the most popular and succesful author/illustrators of all time, with worldwide sales of over four million books.Charlie and Lola are familiar characters to pre-schoolers, with the animation screened daily on the CBeebies channel
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Slightly Invisible

By Lauren Child

A classic Charlie and Lola picture book from Children's Laureate Lauren Child.

Charlie and his friend Marv are in search of strange and tricky creatures. They would like to search without Charlie's little sister Lola bothering them. But Lola wants to join in.

Luckily, Lola and her invisible friend, Soren Lorensen, know exactly how to catch strange and tricky creatures. All they need is a tea set, a little cart and a rabbit. (And, of course, one or three drops of pink milk.)

This hilariously inventive tale will encourage your little ones to go on their own imaginative, make-believe adventures. (As well as striking a chord with frustrated siblings everywhere!)

"A witty book that reminds us why we fell in love with Charlie and Lola" - Junior

"Lauren Child is a rare creature: someone who writes as brilliantly as she illustrates" - Sunday Telegraph

Exuberant, imaginative whirl of a story.Glowing collages, complete with glitter spacesuits and stripy wool jumpers.Fabulous new story.Slightly Invisible will satisfy parents who've been longing for Charlie's Job-like patience with his recalcitrant younger sister to run out.Lauren Child at her best.Child is a rare creature: someone who writes as brilliantly as she illustrates.A witty book that reminds us why we fell in love with C&L in the first place.I love Lauren Child's work... Slightly Invisible perfectly captures the trials and tribulations of these two beloved characters.A beautiful story for kids.a witty book that reminds us why we fell in love with Charlie and Lola in the first place.You can't beat a Charlie and Lola.Funny story about the power of imagination is, as usual, complemented by Lauren Child's excellent collage illustrations.As entertaining as ever.A classic Charlie and Lola picture book about sibling rivalry and the power of make-believe play, from Children's Laureate Lauren Child.Lauren Child is the Children's Laureate for 2017-19Lauren Child is one of the most popular and succesful author/illustrators of all time, with worldwide sales of over 3 million copiesCharlie and Lola are familiar characters to pre-schoolers, with the animation screened daily on the CBeebies channelHigh spec edition with embossing, jacket flaps and an author letter from Lauren Child
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I Will Not Ever Never Eat A Tomato

By Lauren Child

A classic Charlie and Lola picture book about fussy eating from Children's Laureate Lauren Child.

Lola will not peas. In fact she won't eat carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, cabbage or baked beans. And she will absolutely not ever NEVER eat a tomato. But when Charlie explains that peas are actually green drops from Greenland, and carrots are really orange twiglets from Jupiter, even Lola is tempted to clear her plate...

Told with true Lauren Child style, this warm and funny picture book will make dinner time fun for even the fussiest of eaters!

Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal

BrilliantSo good, it's exhilaratingA superb book to make you laugh out loudA fun look at the problem of fussy eatingA mischievous wit and cunning simplicity which, although it may have baffled some traditionalists, is still instantly embraced and understood by childrenA paean to the early resistance years that are toddlerdomOne of my favourite books for children...The story is compelling and the pictures enchanting, but the typography is not what you would expect. The letters vary in shape and size, some lines are straight and others meander across the page. Young children love this; those who cannot yet read pick out the letters; those who can, love the variation and delight at being able to cope with it.Brilliant design and a delight to shareA wonderful corrective for picky eatersYour offspring will be drawn in by the off-the-wall visuals that mix line drawings and patterns with photographs, creating a world that is absolutely grounded in reality yet also wildly imaginativeA fresh and very funny picture bookA brilliantly designed book from cover, typography and illustration to endpapers and will amuse all those fussy eaters out thereBrilliant design and a delight to shareTeatime will never be the same again after this glorious book by the Smarties Prize-winning authorOnly Lauren Child could come up with an idea as successfully wacky as this[Child] brings an eclecticism and freshness to her work that appeals directly to childrenA fun look at fussy eatingQuirky imagination and wry humour make this a wonderful bookBrilliantSo good, it's exhilaratingA superb book to make you laugh out loudA fun look at the problem of fussy eatingA mischievous wit and cunning simplicity which, although it may have baffled some traditionalists, is still instantly embraced and understood by childrenA paean to the early resistance years that are toddlerdomOne of my favourite books for children...The story is compelling and the pictures enchanting, but the typography is not what you would expect. The letters vary in shape and size, some lines are straight and others meander across the page. Young children love this; those who cannot yet read pick out the letters; those who can, love the variation and delight at being able to cope with it.Brilliant design and a delight to shareA wonderful corrective for picky eatersYour offspring will be drawn in by the off-the-wall visuals that mix line drawings and patterns with photographs, creating a world that is absolutely grounded in reality yet also wildly imaginativeA fresh and very funny picture bookA brilliantly designed book from cover, typography and illustration to endpapers and will amuse all those fussy eaters out thereBrilliant design and a delight to shareTeatime will never be the same again after this glorious book by the Smarties Prize-winning authorOnly Lauren Child could come up with an idea as successfully wacky as this[Child] brings an eclecticism and freshness to her work that appeals directly to childrenA fun look at fussy eatingQuirky imagination and wry humour make this a wonderful bookA classic Charlie and Lola picture book about fussy eating from Children's Laureate Lauren Child. Winner of the Kate Greenaway MedalLola says, I do not eat peas or carrots or potatoes or mushrooms or spaghetti or eggs or saussages. I do not eat cabbage or baked beans or bananas or cauliflower or oranges. And I ABSOLUTELY will not ever NEVER eat a tomato.Lauren Child is the Children's Laureate for 2017-19Lauren Child is one of the most popular and succesful author/illustrators of all time, with worldwide sales of over 3 million copiesWinner of the Kate Greenaway MedalCharlie and Lola are familiar characters to pre-schoolers, with the animation screened daily on the CBeebies channelHigh spec edition with embossing and jacket flapsIncludes an author letter from Lauren Child
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Charlie and Lola's Actions

By Lauren Child

Little ones will love joining in with Lola and mimicing all the actions in this classic Charlie and Lola board book from Children's Laureate Lauren Child.

As seen on CBeebies!

Help your toddler learn about actions with Charlie and Lola! From Children's Laureate Lauren Child.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.Lauren Child is the Children's Laureate for 2017-19 and the winner of the Kate Greenaway MedalLauren Child is one of the most popular and successful author/illustrators of all time, with worldwide sales of over 3 million copies
Author Spotlight with Graham Marks

Lauren Child

Lauren Child is the best-selling, multi-award winning illustrator and author of the Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean books, among many others. She started her creative journey making lampshades and is now an MBE; here she talks to Graham Marks about how it all began, and the fact that it’s now ten years since I Am Absolutely Too Small For School was first published…
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Charlie and Lola's Clothes

By Lauren Child
Learn all about Lola's favourite clothes in this fabulously funny first concept board book.More board book brilliance from Charlie and Lola - and this time Lola does clothes!Lauren Child grew up in Marlborough, Wiltshire. She is the middle of three sisters and both her parents are teachers. She has had a variety of jobs from waitressing to designing exotic, elegant lampshades and working as an artist`s assistant to Damien Hirst. Lauren Child is considered one of the most talented children`s book author/illustrators working today and has won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal 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. Utterly Me, Clarice Bean, Lauren`s first fiction title, was a runaway success all over the world followed by Clarice Bean Spells Trouble and Clarice Bean, Don`t Look Now. Lauren has now sold over 3 million books in 19 countries across the globe. Notable events in Lauren`s career include selection for Quentin Blake`s Magic Pencil Exhibition (British Library) in 2005; the Charlie and Lola TV series winning a BAFTA in 2007; In 2008 Lauren was appointed Artist for Peace by UNESCO \nand has been spearheading a project to raise money for UNESCO`s Programme for the Education of Children in Need, called My Life is a Story. All profits from the sale of a special edition of That Pesky Rat will go to UNESCO. A retrospective of Lauren`s work is now a major new exhibition at the Manchester Art gallery. 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.More first concept board books from the unstoppable Charlie and Lola.The Charlie and Lola animation continues to be a massive success on Cbeebies and these board books cater for the new and younger fans.Funny and beautifully produced using artwork from the original Charlie and Lola picture books.
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Charlie and Lola Activity Sheets

The original Charlie and Lola picture books, which launched the TV characters, are familiar to every pre-school child. Download Charlie and Lola activity sheets here.
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What Planet Are You From Clarice Bean?

By Lauren Child

A quirky, humorous picture book with an important message about caring for our environment, from Children's Laureate, Lauren Child.

Clarice Bean is learning about the environment at school. She needs to come up with a Big Project about Saving the Planet. ASAP. But when she discovers that the tree on their street is about to be chopped to pieces, she soon realises that it's the little things that can make a big difference ... Enter, Clarice Bean, Eco-Warrior!

The third picture book in the award-winning, bestselling Clarice Bean series!

Packed with quirky details and humour, this is perfect for children who are ready to start making the transition from younger picture books to independent reading.

Lauren Child does not put a foot wrong in this latest Clarice Bean picture bookChild's sparkling wit and originality never failsA quirky, humorous picture book with an important message about caring for our environment, from Children's Laureate, Lauren Child. Perfect for children who are ready to make the transition from younger picture books to independent reading.Lauren Child is the Children's Laureate for 2017-19 and the winner of the Kate Greenaway MedalLauren Child is one of the most popular and succesful author/illustrators of all time, with worldwide sales of over 3 million copiesHigh spec edition with a die-cut cover and jacket flapsIncludes a special author letter from Lauren Child
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My Uncle Is A Hunkle Says Clarice Bean

By Lauren Child

A brilliantly quirky picture book from Children's Laureate, Lauren Child. Starring the fabulously feisty Clarice Bean!

Mum and Dad are going away on Important Business, so Uncle Ted comes to stay. Before long there's a guinea pig on the loose, Grandad's gone missing and her little brother is stuck in the railings like a giant squeaking tomato! Luckily Uncle Ted's around. He'll come to the rescue . . . won't he?

The second picture book in the award-winning, bestselling Clarice Bean series!

Packed with quirky details and humour, this is perfect for children who are ready to start making the transition from younger picture books to independent reading.

A virtuoso display of stylish graphics, dizzying typefaces employed to maximum humorous effect, and a story which takes it for granted that the reader is as streetwise and worldly as Clarice Bean herselfWild, entertaining funA brilliantly quirky picture book, from Children's Laureate Lauren Child. Starring the fabulously feisty Clarice Bean! Perfect for children who are ready to start making the transition from younger picture books to independent reading.Lauren Child is the Children's Laureate for 2017-19 and the winner of the Kate Greenaway MedalLauren Child is one of the most popular and successful author/illustrators of all time, with worldwide sales of over 3 million copiesHigh spec edition with a foil, embossing and jacket flapsIncludes a special author letter from Lauren Child
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Clarice Bean, Utterly Me

By Lauren Child

Meet the fabulously feisty Clarice Bean in this utterly hilarious book from Children's Laureate, Lauren Child.

Clarice Bean loves reading the adventures of Ruby Redfort, ace girl detective and secret undercover agent. Ruby is always going on exciting missions. Whilst 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. Like why are all the coats on the wrong hooks at school? Where has Grandad disappeared to? And just what is going on in the garden shed?

Lauren Child is a Kate Greenaway Medal winner and the creator of the bestselling Charlie & Lola series.

'Very entertaining.' Independent

'Packed with life and fun and fabulous to look at.' Bookseller

A lively illustrated read"The delightfully wacky Clarice Bean is the star of this absorbing story bubbling with exuberance and vitality."Child can make you laugh and cry at virtually every page.Lauren Child's earlier creation - schoolgirl Clarice Bean - is arguably her greatest.Essential reading for all savvy girls... great fun.Quirky, funny and brilliantly illustrated. (tBk's Top 40 Children's Books)A lively illustrated readMeet the fabulously feisty Clarice Bean in this utterly hilarious book from Children's Laureate, Lauren Child.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 Medal 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.Lauren Child is the Children's Laureate for 2017-19 and the winner of the Kate Greenaway MedalLauren Child is one of the most popular and successful author/illustrators of all time, with worldwide sales of over 3 million copies
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Clarice Bean Spells Trouble

By Lauren Child
We can't get enough Clarice BeanOodles of comic charmI love this book. It really is great - in fact, the Clarice Bean books are probably the best books I've ever read!!What Bridget Jones is to thirtysomethings, Clarice Bean is to pre-teens: full of funny one-liners, doing her best to overcome her shortcomings, prone to embarrassing mistakes and good at heart ... The story, like Child's doodles, is witty and charming and crams a lot of meaning into apparent simplicity ... We can't get enough of Clarice Bean.We can't get enough Clarice BeanOodles of comic charmI love this book. It really is great - in fact, the Clarice Bean books are probably the best books I've ever read!!Clarice Bean is back and starring in her second novel! By Children's Laureate Lauren Child.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 Medal 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.Lauren Child is the Children's Laureate for 2017-19 and the winner of the Kate Greenaway MedalLauren Child is one of the most popular and successful author/illustrators of all time, with worldwide sales of over 3 million copies
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Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now

By Lauren Child

A witty and insightful book about worries, starring Clarice Bean. Created by Children's Laureate Lauren Child.

It's the worry you hadn't even thought to worry about that should worry you the most. At least that's how it looks to Clarice Bean, who has been writing her worries in a notebook - things like Worry no. 1: infinity, or Worry no. 3: change. And now that her worst never-imagined worry has happened - her utterly best friend is moving away forever - Clarice doesn't even care about her tickets to the Ruby Redfort, girl detective, film premiere. That is, unless something happens to change things again . . .

Lauren Child's trademark wit combines with spot-on insight in this hugely engaging story about childhood worries, unwanted changes and finding friendships in the most surprising places.

'Funny, contemporary and perceptive' - Mail on Sunday

'A comic and poignant journey' - The Sunday Times

'Clarice Bean fans will be delighted by her new adventures . . . Anxieties such as "change" and "having to go back to school after the holidays" will be recognised by everyone, while her ways of approaching them are delightful' - Guardian

Clarice Bean fans will be delighted by her new adventures. Anxieties such as 'change' and 'having to go back to school after the holidays' will be recognised by everyone, while her ways of approaching them are delightfulFunny, contemporary and perceptiveA comic and poignant journeyA hugely enjoyable and touching readA hilarious tale and a delightfully funny characterA witty and wise bookHilarious and touchingAn incredibly funny book...you just have to read it!Clarice Bean fans will be delighted by her new adventures... Anxieties such as "change" and "having to go back to school after the holidays" will be recognised by everyone, while her ways of approaching them are delightful.Creative typography and comic illustrations help make this a hugely enjoyable and touching read.A comic and poignant journey.Funny, contemporary and perceptiveGenuinely funny, with lively illustrations.Clarice Bean fans will be delighted by her new adventures. Anxieties such as 'change' and 'having to go back to school after the holidays' will be recognised by everyone, while her ways of approaching them are delightfulFunny, contemporary and perceptiveA comic and poignant journeyA hugely enjoyable and touching readA hilarious tale and a delightfully funny characterA witty and wise bookHilarious and touchingAn incredibly funny book...you just have to read it!A witty and insightful book about worries, starring Clarice Bean. Created by Children's Laureate Lauren Child.An utterly fabulous new novel from the innovative and world-renowned Lauren Child - starring the hilarious Clarice Bean and featuring the fantastic Ruby RedfortClarice Bean's popularity is unstoppable - with sales of upwards of 400,000 in the UK alone and numerous awards to her nameThis new novel from Lauren Child is bigger in every way - and promises to be just huge!
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Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book?

By Lauren Child

The story of a boy who fell into a book . . . with a guest appearance from the Little Bad Wolf. From Children's Laureate Lauren Child.

Now if you were going to fall into a book, a book of fairy tales would probably not be your first choice. Because in every story there is always a wicked this, an evil that or a hungry somebody. It could only happen to Herb, child star of that thrilling tale, Beware of the Storybook Wolves.

Equally loved by children young and old, this brilliantly original picture book is perfect for sharing together. From the creator of the award-winning, bestselling Charlie and Lola series. Open it if you dare!

'A thrilling story to scare your socks off.' The Bookseller

'Wonderfully imaginative... Absorbing and with fantastical, zany pictures.' The Observer

'Very, very funny and definitely not to be missed!' Books for Keeps

Child's comedy romp confounds the expectations of young readers to hilarious effect.Child's book is so unusual, it's impossible not to get drawn into it ... as with all Child's books, her wonderfully quirky illustrations bring the story to lifeLauren Child pushes the boundaries of design in a book crammed with a wealth of comic detailEach page is still a surprise and a delightA book children will come to again and againLauren Child's individual style is shown to perfection in this funny, subversive storyBrilliantly observed with heaps of irreverent (but good natured) humour)Child's comedy romp confounds the expectations of young readers to hilarious effect.Child's book is so unusual, it's impossible not to get drawn into it ... as with all Child's books, her wonderfully quirky illustrations bring the story to lifeLauren Child pushes the boundaries of design in a book crammed with a wealth of comic detailEach page is still a surprise and a delightA book children will come to again and againLauren Child's individual style is shown to perfection in this funny, subversive storyBrilliantly observed with heaps of irreverent (but good natured) humour)A brilliantly original picture book with a fairytale twist, from Children's Laureate, and Charlie & Lola creator, Lauren Child. Equally loved by children young and old!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 Medal 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.Lauren Child is the Children's Laureate for 2017-19 and the winner of the Kate Greenaway MedalLauren Child is one of the most popular and successful author/illustrators of all time, with worldwide sales of over 3 million copiesHigh spec edition with embossing and jacket flapsContains a special author letter from Lauren Child
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Beware of the Storybook Wolves

By Lauren Child

For a real thrill, try reading Beware of the Storybook Wolves. It will scare your socks off! A fun-filled picture book with a fairytale twist, from Children's Laureate Lauren Child.

Every night, Herb's mother reads him a bedtime story. Sometimes it's about a big bad wolf who terrifies little girls and their grandmothers with his growl and his sharp teeth. The story gets very nasty in the middle and everybody nearly comes to a sticky end. But, by the last page, it all turns out happily-ever-afterly.

But what will happen to Herb when the wolves escape from his book? Will they gobble him up? Or will it all end happily-ever-after?

Equally loved by children young and old, this hilarious picture book is perfect for sharing together. From the creator of the award-winning, best-selling Charlie and Lola series!

Winner of the Smarties Book Prize Bronze Medal

"A refreshingly original tale that sparkles with wit" Junior

Will keep young readers on their toes from beginning to end...Every household and every classroom should have a copyA surreal intertextual tale that veers from nightmare to comedyA smile-provoking yarn full of fairy-tale twistsA fabulous book for those who are already au fait with all the run-of-the-mill talesChild makes words dance and topography jitterbug, and her sly sense of humour makes both children and adults giggle...At its most profound, this is about the tremendous power of booksThe subversive humour is hilariousLauren Child's pictures and witty yext provide an agreeable frisson of fear followed by a happy endingA refreshingly original tale that sparkles with witA highly entertaining retelling of some snappy storiesA stunning picture book ideal for children who enjoy suspense and adventureWitty, amusing with vividly coloured illustrations, this book is bound to provide plenty of laughs for parents as well as childrenLauren Child's spiky, humorous illustrations add enormous fun and children can't help but to laugh out loud - often just thinking about the bookHilariousLauren Child gives this very funny and original book some inventive twistsA wickedly funny book from one of the most exciting new talents aroundThis goofy tale is fractured in all the right placesWill keep young readers on their toes from beginning to end...Every household and every classroom should have a copyA surreal intertextual tale that veers from nightmare to comedyA smile-provoking yarn full of fairy-tale twistsA fabulous book for those who are already au fait with all the run-of-the-mill talesChild makes words dance and topography jitterbug, and her sly sense of humour makes both children and adults giggle...At its most profound, this is about the tremendous power of booksThe subversive humour is hilariousLauren Child's pictures and witty yext provide an agreeable frisson of fear followed by a happy endingA refreshingly original tale that sparkles with witA highly entertaining retelling of some snappy storiesA stunning picture book ideal for children who enjoy suspense and adventureWitty, amusing with vividly coloured illustrations, this book is bound to provide plenty of laughs for parents as well as childrenLauren Child's spiky, humorous illustrations add enormous fun and children can't help but to laugh out loud - often just thinking about the bookHilariousLauren Child gives this very funny and original book some inventive twistsA wickedly funny book from one of the most exciting new talents aroundThis goofy tale is fractured in all the right placesFor a real thrill, try reading Beware of the Storybook Wolves. It will scare your socks off! A fun-filled picture book with a fairytale twist, from Children's Laureate, and Charlie & Lola creator, Lauren Child. Equally loved by children young and old!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 Medal 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.Lauren Child is the Children's Laureate 2017-19Multi-award-winning author-illustrator Lauren Child is one of the most popular and successful author/illustrators of all time, with worldwide sales over four million copiesWinner of the Smarties Book Prize 2000 Bronze MedalShortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2000Includes an author letter from Lauren Child on the front jacket flap
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