Utterly Me, Clarice Bean by Lauren Child is a fast-paced chapter book that switches gears on nearly every page. Clarice narrates the story through diary entries about her daily life - each day is utterly exciting and always suspenseful as she pursues the coveted silver cup for the best book project while trying to solve all the mysterious things happening all around her. From her perspective, Clarice introduces us to her family including her younger brother who tends to be "utterly a nuisance", her classmates, her utterly best friend, Betty Moody, her horrible teacher Mrs. Wilberton and other adults at her school as well as her favorite heroine: Ruby Redfort, schoolgirl detective and other characters in her favorite series of books. The story line is one that anyone who remembers the anxiety of a school project can relate to but in the end, it is really a story of meaningful friendship and the love of reading.
I very much enjoyed fun and quirky, witty and wacky text. I know I was smiling the whole time I was reading.
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