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Things aren’t going well for Clarice Bean. Her parents keep squabbling, her brother is a total loser, and her best friend Betty Moody has left town. As if all that wasn’t bad enough, she’s also got a new rival at school: pretty, horrible Clem Hansson. When everything is going wrong, what’s a girl like Clarice to do? Maybe her favourite storybook heroine, Ruby Redfort, can offer some advice. But what Clarice doesn’t know is that Ruby’s way of dealing with trouble is about to lead to – you guessed it! BIG TROUBLE!

  • The sixth hilarious story about this classic character
  • Written and drawn by Children’s Laureate Lauren Child
  • Clarice is a true one-off with a fresh, distinctive voice
  • An offbeat celebration of imagination and creativity

Product Details

Catalogue number

5597 in Rewards Catalogue 2017/18






Orchard Books

Date published

September 1st, 2007

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.4; Lower years; 6.0 points

Other details
  • 256 pages


UK edition



Lauren Child

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Lauren Child burst on to the children’s books scene in 1999 and has since published many bestselling and award-winning books, including those featuring the hugely popular Charlie and Lola, and the Clarice Bean series. Lauren was born in 1967, and grew up in Marlborough, Wiltshire. After studying Art at Manchester Polytechnic and London Art School, she worked in a variety of jobs, including assistant to Damien Hirst. She also started her own company, ‘Chandeliers for the People’, making exotic lampshades.

Her first children’s book Clarice Bean, That’s Me won a Bronze medal at the Nestle Smarties Book Awards. In 2000, she won the prestigious Kate Greenaway medal for I Will Not Ever, Never Eat a Tomato followed by a second Nestlé Smarties Book Prize in 2002 for That Pesky Rat. Clarice Bean became the star of Lauren’s first novel Utterly Me, Clarice Bean in 2002, and went on to appear in two more novels. A television series based on her Charlie and Lola books has also become a huge hit for CBBC.

Lauren Child first introduced the character of Ruby Redfort in her three award-winning, bestselling Clarice Bean novels. Since then she has been inundated with letters from fans asking for the Ruby Redfort books. And it must have worked, because the first two in the series, Ruby Redfort: Look Into My Eyes and Ruby Redfort: Take Your Last Breath have already been published to great critical and commercial success.

Lauren Child’s illustrations contain many different mediums including magazine cuttings, collage, material and photography as well as traditional watercolours. Lauren lives in London, where she works for the Design Agency ‘Big Fish’. In 2008 she was announced as UNESCO’s Artist for Peace and in 2010 she was awarded an MBE for services to literature.


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  1. Evie 113313

    on 5 March 2016

    I really loved this book because it is so outstanding! I recommended it to my friend. I can’t believe I found it in my school’s library.

    5out of 5
  2. Dog 113532

    on 2 June 2014

    It was a bit wierd

  3. Ef castle thumb 2

    on 11 March 2014

    all Clarice bean books are really good. my favourite bit in this on was when the ceiling fell in. epically brilliant!

    5out of 5
  4. 39c logo fullcolor 113549

    on 9 March 2014

    It’s nice, a bit childish. But a great book on the whole.

  5. Clarice thumb 136

    on 4 January 2014

    very good!

  6. Bellasara 113282

    on 5 March 2013

    This book is really funny! Clarice Bean will make you laugh out loud.

    5out of 5
  7. Default avatar

    on 4 March 2013

    I loved all the Clarice Bean books. Funny, light and enjoyable. I would recommend for 8-10 year olds.

  8. Dora thumb 222

    on 4 March 2013

    This is a brilliant book about a girl called clarice bean who is having a bit of a boring life

  9. Clarice thumb 136

    on 29 January 2012

    It is an unbelievably brilliant read! It has an excellent twist to it! It is the best Clarice Bean book ever!

    5out of 5
  10. Clarice thumb 136

    on 17 September 2011

    i love clarice and her life. in year 6 i even spent half my time being a spy like ruby redfort! please write more lauren.

    5out of 5
  11. Jane blonde 113694

    on 1 March 2011

    Great book love the way the writting is all differnt shapes makes it great to read and fun too. My teacher bought me this book.

  12. Avatar cleopatra 761742

    on 20 February 2011

    These books are cute but not really that great for those who like complex stories. However it was okay.

  13. Butterfly small 107968

    on 5 August 2010

    this girl looks like me !!

    5out of 5
  14. 39c logo fullcolor 113549

    on 3 June 2010

    relle good

    5out of 5
  15. Petula 113689

    on 14 October 2009

    Things aren’t going well for Clarice. Her parents keep squabbling, her brother is a loser, and she can’t get to sleep at night. As if all that wasn’t bad enough, her best friend Betty Moody has left town, and now she’s got a new rival at school: pretty, horrible Clem Hansson. When everything is going wrong, what’s a girl like Clarice to do? Perhaps Ruby Redfort can offer some advice. But what Clarice doesn’t know is that Ruby’s way of dealing with trouble is about to lead to even more! Another funny, crazy tale of life and strife starring quirky Clarice Bean.

    3out of 5