Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now
by Lauren ChildSyndetic Solutions - [Book Review for 9780763635367]
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Clarice Bean and her endearingly harried family are back, and life is more chaotic than ever. Clarice is codifying her fears into a list of worst worries when the kitchen ceiling comes crashing down after her older sister floods the bathroom. Since the stove is ruined in the process and Mom is extra busy at work, the siblings are forced to make their own dinner ("worry no. 11: Can one live off toast alone?"). Troubles continue at school when her best friend, Betty, announces that she is moving to San Francisco, and a strange new student from Sweden arrives. These transitions ("worry no. 3: change") force Clarice into survival mode, a state encouraged by frequent readings of one of her favorite books, The Ruby Redfort Survival Handbook. The story is told in Child's familiar stream-of-consciousness style and punctuated with creative vocabulary ("exceptionordinarily"). Clarice is quickly stepping out from behind the shadow of other witty characters such as Junie B. Jones and Judy Moody.—Kathleen Meulen, Blakely Elementary School, Bainbridge Island, WA
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