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Child, Lauren.
Boston : Candlewick Press, 2003.
IL 3-6, RL 5.0
ISBN 0763621862
Clarice can't concentrate in school (apparently a common housefly has got more ability to apply itself) and she's really only interested in reading about her favorite girl detective, Ruby Redfort.  Ruby is fabulously rich and really a secret agent, and Clarice starts to find her family of six anything but adventurous by comparison.  So when her teacher announces a book project with a prize, Clarice thinks she finally has the opportunity to show her teacher, parents, and schoolmates how focused and exciting she can really be.  But some pretty funny things happen on the way to the book project... Rich with the author's celebrated illustrations and a layout that's anything but traditional, this book is fun from the word go.  Utterly Me, Clarice Bean with a is a lough-out-loud, read passages to your friends, parents, siblings, anyone-you-can-grab-off-the-street kind of book.  Hey with a dog named Cement that buries slippers in the back yard, how can you go wrong?  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee, 2004-05)
SUBJECTS:     Bean, Clarice (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Contests -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Fiction.
                        Humorous stories.
                        Mystery and detective stories.


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