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Utterly Me, Clarice Bean Paperback – March 3, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Clarice Bean
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; English Language edition (March 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763627887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763627881
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-5-Fans of this irrepressible picture-book character will appreciate this expanded episode for chapter-book readers. Clarice and her best friend are collaborating on a project for school, showing what they have learned from a series of books about their favorite girl detective. When Betty fails to return to school, their teacher pairs Clarice with the worst boy in the class. As they work together on the assignment, she realizes that Karl has really good ideas and isn't such a bad guy. When Betty comes back (from having been whisked off to Russia with her parents), she feels left out. But then Karl is accused of stealing a trophy cup, Clarice turns detective, and the girls patch up their friendship. These amusing characters speak in a delightful, childlike language. Many passages are done in type that playfully swoops over the pages, as when the protagonist is describing a swimming and diving experience. Stylized, mixed-media illustrations appear throughout. For those who can't get enough of Junie B. Jones, Clarice Bean is an utterly entertaining alternative.
JoAnn Jonas, Chula Vista Public Library, San Diego, CA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Gr. 2-5. The intrepid heroine of three previous picture books makes her debut in full-length fiction. This time Clarice is having trouble with her obstreperous family, an irritating teacher, and a best friend who suddenly disappears. She draws solace from reading about girl-detective Ruby Redfort, who leads what Clarice considers a perfect life and inspires Clarice to use her own investigative skills to make some sense of her family, help out a classmate wrongly accused of stealing, and repair a misunderstanding with best friend Betty Moody. A funny, appealing individual who owns up to her shortcomings and tries her best, even if she doesn't always succeed, Clarice is an exceptionally strong character, and her story, delivered in deadpan, forthright prose, perfectly captures a child's voice in a way that will elicit laughter even from the grumpy. The frequent black line illustrations (some worked into the text) and the experimentation with word size and placement on the page are great carryovers from the picture books. A perfect choice for reading aloud or for newly independent chapter-book readers, this will utterly captivate a wide audience. Kay Weisman
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Lauren Child is the multi-talented prize-winning creator of the characters Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and Hubert Horatio Bobton-Trent. She has won the Smarties Gold Award, Smarties Bronze Award, Kate Greenaway Medal and been shortlisted for the Children's Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. Lauren lives in London.



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Sassy British girl Clarice Bean loves the Ruby Redfort mystery series.
KidsReads
Swirling sentences, amusing doodles, and utterly packed with adverbs, this chapter book is entertaining.
Terri Rowan
Anyway I think it is a great book, and that everybody in the world should read it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rachel E. A. on February 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As a creative writing teacher and mother of three utterly adventurous and book loving children, ages 6 through 10, I thoroughly, UTTERLY loved reading this book aloud to my children. I was concerned that my son, age 6 and complete Star Wars/Superhero addict, would not enjoy a story about a plain, ordinary girl, but he surprised me and became completely engrossed in the story. We enjoyed every moment of the book from beginning to end, and decided we must get all the books in the series. Most enjoyable for me was the fact that the narrative, cleverly and appropriately written from the perspective of Clarice, was so accurate and delightful - totally funny, outrageous and completely reminiscent of young girlhood angst. My children were so delighted and fell completely in love with Clarice. I HIGHLY recommend Clarice Bean to any book lover. It's a much wittier version of Ramona Quimby. I give it a very enthusiastic THUMBS UP!!! Hurrah, Ms. Lauren Child. My family and I have become your devoted fans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on July 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Clarice is the girl many of us were at her age. We believed we were ordinary; we didn't appreciate our families or our lives in general. And we had a fantasy life that would make great theatre. What I really appreciated about Utterly Me, Clarice Bean is that Clarice always gives life her best.

Clarice and her best friend Betty Moody love the mystery series with heroine Ruby Redfort, so it seems natural that they would use the Redfort books for a school project.

Now that seems simple enough, but then Betty goes missing - and Clarice and the school's problem child are paired together for the book project. Clarice doesn't initially like the pairing, but as she and Karl work together, she realizes that he's got great ideas and is really pretty nice.

The problems begin when Betty returns and becomes jealous of the relationship that has developed between Clarice and Karl. When the project trophy disappears, Karl is accused of stealing it. Clarice is determined to solve the mystery and clear Karl's name. Is she successful in solving the mystery? And what about the friendship between Clarice and Betty?

I enjoyed the characters, the life-like feelings of a child about her life. The illustrations are entertaining. On some pages the writing streams and swirls around the page. This is a grand book for children between the ages of 7-10. Armchair Interviews suggests parents, grandparents read this together with the important children in their lives. It will be a wonderful time spent together.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
Utterly Me Clarice Bean

Utterly me Clarice Bean is by Lauren Child. Clarice and her best friend Betty are assigned a book report about a book they read that was educational. They could not figure out what book they would use for there book report. They are obsessed with Ruby Redford, a book about an 11 year old under cover spy. I Think Lauren Child is trying to say that sometimes you have to look hard for something that's right in front of you. The main characters in the book are Clarice, Betty and her teacher {I don't remember her name}.

My favorite part in the book is when they write a letter to Patricia F Maplin Stacey the auther of Ruby Redford. The beginning is just introducing her friends and family. The book is very funny. I think if you're the kind of person who likes to laugh and likes something different and your like 8+ in age you will love this book.

-Alexandra,10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
What caught my eye the most is the colorful and cutely drawn cover of the book. One look of the cover, and it reminded me of another similar book, with something of the same title. I didn't really think that this was another of that book I heard, but it turned out to be. I remembered another Clarice Bean book, and it turned out to be the "I WILL NOT EAT A TOMATO", which was read to me when I was in elementary school, and it was nominated to be one of the books for a book compition.

The story itself is a really cute one, and the illistrations that go along with it keeps me from being bored, and it also teaches me a lesson not to always judge people from their past actions, they might be right the second time around.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JGoodhue on January 26, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My Grandson is in a Reading Olympics program at school, so that' why we read a "girls" book. The "story" was actually pretty good, but the writing style was "utterly" terrible. Read a few pages and you'll utterly understand what I utterly mean; utterly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
My favorite book is Utterly Me, Clarice Bean, by: Lauren Child. It's about a girl who has to do a book project and her friend/book project partner, Betty Moody, goes to Russia and tells Clarice about it but Clarice forgets and thinks something bad happened to her since she is missing school. Will Clarice Bean turn in her project in on time? Will she do it by herself? To find out read Utterly Me, Clarice Bean.

Review by C.A.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mathew A. Shember VINE VOICE on July 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
This was a gift to my daughter. I think I was into it more then her.

I liked the descriptions of Clarice Bean, her family, friends and school mates. Everybody probably has known such people in their life times.

Clarice loves to read Ruby Redfort ace detective with her detective helper Hitch. Her friend Betty Moody loves the books as well and one day in school, they get an assignment to do a presentation about a book. Clarice at first is stumped for a choice; especially, when Betty mysteriously disappears.

In a stroke of imagination, she decides on the Redfort books and to her surprise she gets teamed up with the class troublemaker Karl Wrenbury since Betty is missing.

Mystery abounds as somebody floods the boys bathrooms, where did Betty go?, who stole a trophy, will the arch-nemesis Grace Grapello spoil the book project, Clarice's mother is acting strange and why is her brother Kurt a stranger to cleanliness becoming clean and talking to people?

This is a good book for a young girl. The wandering style and imagination of Clarice is fun. Especially with the wavy sentences and fun artwork.

If you are reading it; you have to try and imagine the character talking and read the same way! It will add to the story.

Overall it's a fun read. However, I found my girl getting confused at times when the story switched to a passage of Ruby Redfort.

On to the next book!
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