“If something is not right or real, don't lose your self.”
Lauren Child MBE (born Helen Child; 1965) is an English writer and illustrator. She is best known for the Charlie and Lola picture books and the Clarice Bean series of picture books and novels. She wrote the series of Ruby Redfort. Influences: E. H. Shepard, Quentin Blake, Carl Larsson, Ludwig Bemelmans.
Child introduced Charlie and Lola in 2000 with I will not ever Never eat a tomato and won the annual Kate Greenaway Medal from the Library Association for the year’s most “distinguished illustration in a book for children”. For the 50th anniversary of the Medal (1955–2005), a panel named it one of the top ten winning works, which composed the ballot for a public election of the nation’s favourite. It finished third in the public vote from that shortlist.
Charlie and Lola
Charlie and Lola is a series of picture books made by Lauren Child and now is a children’s TV show. Each half-hour format show contains two segments with different plots, each starting off with Charlie saying, “I have this little sister, Lola. She is small and very funny.” Charlie was based on her boyfriend who used to wear shirts just like Charlie’s, but with his name on it.
Lola was based on a pixie looking girl Lauren saw on a train who was with her parents, a young couple, and kept bombarding them with questions. Soren Lorensen was based on Lauren’s boyfriend’s sister’s “better” imaginary brother, and so Soren Lorensen became Lola’s imaginary friend.
Clarice Bean is also a picture book and novel series by Lauren Child that is for children/young teenagers. Her full name is Clarice Bean Tuesday. She is best friends with Betty P Moody, and Karl Wrenbury is another friend of hers. Clarice Bean is a fan of a book series called Ruby Redfort (Lauren Child is writing a series for Ruby Redfort, started in 2011 ), enemies with Grace Grapello and Mrs Wilberton (her teacher) and is a not a very good speller and she day-dreams a lot.
Her family consists of her mum, dad, younger brother Minal Cricket, older sister Marcie, her even older brother Kurt, her grandad and her granny who lives in America and who phones regularly. Those books are:
Clarice Bean That’s Me – picture book – about Clarice’s big family.
My Uncle is a Hunkle, Says Clarice Bean – picture book – Clarice’s parents have gone away and she is looked after by her Uncle.
What Planet Are You From Clarice Bean? – picture book – Clarice and her brother Kurt try to save Planet Earth.
Utterly Me, Clarice Bean – novel – Clarice has to do a dreary book project but there’s a prize she wants to win.
Clarice Bean Spells Trouble – novel – Clarice is in big trouble and it’s all because of spelling.
Clarice Bean, Don’t Look Now! – novel – Clarice has a worry list and is wondering what her worst worry is.