Author of the Term

​Term 5 – Lauren Child

Many of you will be familiar with some of the books written and illustrated by Lauren Child. Her style of illustration is unique and makes her books instantly recognisable. She has won many awards for her amusing stories with a host of different characters. In 2010 she was awarded an MBE for services to literature, and she was named the Children’s Laureate for 2017-2019.

Perhaps Lauren’s most well-known creations have been Charlie & Lola. The pair were not in her first book but appeared in n 2000 with I Will Not Ever NEVER Eat a Tomato, featuring the brother-and-sister team. The book won the Kate Greenaway medal, and Child’s stories of long-suffering Charlie and his “small and very funny” sister Lola went on to sell in their millions; the characters have also been adapted for the BBC.

The first book Lauren wrote was Utterly Me, Clarice Bean that introduced a character that continues to appear in books that are written for different age-groups – you could find one that fits your reading level.

Clarice Bean loves reading the adventures of Ruby Redfort, ace girl detective and secret undercover agent. Ruby is always going on exciting missions. Whilst all Clarice gets to do is go to the local shop on her own . . .

The books of Clarice Bean led to the incredibly popular series of books featuring Ruby Redfort.

Here’s the low-down on Ruby Redfort: she’s a genius code-cracker, a daring detective, and a gadget-laden special agent who just happens to be a thirteen-year-old girl. She and her slick side-kick butler, Hitch, foil crimes and get into loads of scrapes with evil villains, but they’re always ice-cool in a crisis.

Mr Davies says, “My family have always been big fans of all Lauren Child’s books. We started with Charlie & Lola before moving on to Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort. My favourite character has always been Lola as she reminds me of my own sister, and I particularly love We honestly can look after your dog when Lola loses Sizzles the dog.”