Monday, June 30, 2008

Clarice Bean, Guess Who's Babysitting? by Lauren Child

Clarice is thrilled. It's an Emergency and no one is available to babysit except her Uncle Ted, a very cool person. He promises things will be fine, but even with Mom's "Very Strict Instructions" things just don't work out as expected. Which is fine with Clarice Bean!

Lauren Child's collage illustrations and wacky text design mingle perfectly for a humorous story about family disasters and a missing guinea pig. Lauren Child perfectly captures the excitement and fun of Uncle Ted and Clarice's despair when she loses Albert the guinea pig.

I've been asked to get more Clarice Bean books for our library (this is the only one we own) and I'm willing, except I'm confused as to which are picture books and which are chapter books. I'm not sure we need another realistic girl beginning chapter book series, since we already have tons of Ramona, Clementine, Judy Moody, Alice, Lucy Rose, and others.

Verdict: I'm going to read the rest of the books in this series. If they're as funny and delightful as this one, then they're a definite must.

ISBN: 0763613738; Published March 2001 by Candlewick; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library

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