Utterly Me, Clarice Bean (英語) ペーパーバック – 2005/3/3
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"Fans of Child's irrepressible, impulsive picture-book heroine — as well as kids who have not yet had the pleasure of making her acquaintance — will devour her first chapter-book adventure." — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
It's not easy to concentrate at school when mysterious things are happening all around you. In fact, Clarice Bean is starting to feel just like her favorite heroine: Ruby Redfort, schoolgirl detective. Clarice and her utterly best friend, Betty Moody, are planning to ace their book project about Ruby and win the class prize, until Betty disappears into thin air, and horrible teacher Mrs. Wilberton teams Clarice up with the naughtiest boy in school. Will her new partner ruin everything? Will Betty ever come back? And what on earth happened to the silver trophy everyone's hoping to win? Lauren Child brings her trademark wacky wit and eccentric visual energy to a full-length, fastpaced Clarice Bean episode that will charm even the most capricious reader.
Clarice Bean is the more literate version of Junie B. Jones: sassy, slightly too confident of her abilities, winning in her no-nonsense view of the world.
A perfect choice for reading aloud or for newly independent chapter-book readers, this will utterly captivate a wide audience.
Fans of Child's irrepressible, impulsive picture-book heroine — as well as kids who have not yet had the pleasure of making her acquaintance — will devour her first chapter-book adventure. . . . Once again, Clarice Bean is utterly a charmer.
The flibbertigibbet, middle-child star of three picture books jumps to a more extended format without losing her exuberance, short attention span, or stream-of-consciousness style of narration.
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!
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.
When the class is assigned to do a book project, Clarice expects to work with Betty. Nothing seems to go right: Betty goes away for some mysterious reason; their teacher doesn't like Clarice's book choice; and worst of all, Clarice must partner with Karl Wrenbury for the project.
Will Betty ever come back? Will Karl ruin the project? Will nothing turn out properly? It is so utterly stressful!
Young girls are sure to enjoy Clarice's wandering style. Swirling sentences, amusing doodles, and utterly packed with adverbs, this chapter book is entertaining. Adults may find the excessive use of adverbs and certain writing affectations to be annoying, but grade schoolers aren't likely to notice or care.
Because this reviewer is both an adult and a writer, it is difficult to award this book more than "4-Balloons," but it is more important to keep in mind the intended audience. Girls are sure to identify with and love Clarice Bean. Lauren Child's "Clarice Bean" books make reading fun, which is utterly important.
Reviewed by Christina Wantz Fixemer
4.5 Balloons for WUAT Kids; 5 Stars for Amazon