The Book That Made Me: David Almond 20/03/19
Clarice Bean, That's Me
Part of the Clarice Bean series
Publisher: Orchard Books
'This book is about me, Clarice Bean. It's a very funny book and all of the pages have pictures, mostly of me. There are some annoying bits when my little brother barges in on pages 8 and 9, so you might want to miss them out ...'
In the chaotic Bean household, Clarice - an engaging and quirkily original heroine - has difficulty finding any peace. Certainly, there is none in her bedroom, which she has to share with her younger brother Minal (who likes to hang upside down until he turns purple), and where all her things are crammed into the tiniest of spaces. Meanwhile her boy-mad older sister and other brother Kurt (struggling with his perplexing adolescence), have rooms of their own to go to. Even the grown-ups have their bolt-holes: Dad gets to escape to the office, Granddad to his comfy chair and Mum to the bathroom. Only when Clarice openly rebels does she finally succeed in getting the peace and quiet she really wants.
Clarice Bean gives us a snapshot of her life and family in the book that launched a bestselling series. With distinctive collage illustrations and character-specific fonts, this irresistible book offers young readers a hilarious and recognisable slice of contemporary family life.