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The Story So Far: Lauren Child

A potted history of one of our best-loved children's author, creator of Charlie And Lola


Posted: 16 January 2013
by Catherine O'Dolan

After studying art at Manchester Polytechnic and London Art School, Lauren worked in a variety of jobs, including painting dots for Damien Hirst. In 1999, her first two picture books were published I Want A Pet (Frances Lincoln, £5.99) and Clarice Bean, That’s Me (Orchard, £5.99), which was shortlisted for the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize. In 2000, she won a Kate Greenaway Medal for I Will Not Ever, Never Eat A Tomato (Orchard, £5.99), which introduced her lovable sibling duo, Charlie and Lola, now stars of screen and stage, not to mention a plethora of spin-off merchandise, from toys and tableware to  pyjamas and puzzles. She also won a Nestlé Smarties Book Prize in 2002 for That Pesky Rat (Orchard, £5.99), which has also been turned into a stage production. The same year, Lauren penned her first children’s novel, starring Clarice Bean, the heroine she claims will always be her favourite, in Utterly Me, Clarice Bean (Orchard, £7.99). Lauren’s second novel Clarice Bean Spells Trouble (Orchard, £7.99) was shortlisted for the 2005 British Book Awards Children’s Book Of The Year. Lauren has written three more books starring Charlie and Lola: I Am Not Sleepy And I Will Not Go To Bed (Orchard, £7.99), I Am Too Absolutely Small For School (Orchard, £7.99) and Slightly Invisible (Orchard, £7.99), but there are also many Charlie and Lola spin-off books from the television programme. Lauren’s latest novels feature Ruby Redfort, the detective who first appeared in her Clarice Bean books. She has also collaborated with artist Trisha Krauss, who illustrated Lauren's latest picture book Maude: The Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton (Puffin, £


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