Clarice Bean Smile

Lauren Child

This has to be the most uplifting book I have read for a very long time. Utterly delightful Clarice Bean returns in a new book centred around the environment (both local and global).

Clarice lives with her hard-working mum, her very stressed dad and her sister and brother. She has several things at home to deal with as well as an impending school project about endangered predators that causes her to question the world around her.

The delight of this book is the stream of Clarice’s thoughts and daydreams that drive the plot. They are both charming and wholly credible. Above all they constantly reinforce the message that as Clarice says, “small thoughts can turn into big thoughts. And small ideas can change the world.”

This would be a perfect book for children who feel frustrated at their ability to make a difference, or as a class book about starting a team project.

It is most definitely a book that leaves you with a great big smile.

Published by HarperCollins Children’s Books (288pages)

Reviewed by Rachel Bolton