Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now

Book review by
Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Third in fun, lighthearted series for reluctant readers.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

Some incidents with bullying, sibling rivalry, and family fights, but overall naughty behavior is dealt with quickly by both adults and children.

Violence & Scariness

A school bully threatens people and a boy falls off a roof and breaks his arm.


Mild name calling like "maggot" and "stupid."

What parents need to know

Parent's need to know that there's not much to object to in this book. There is some schoolyard bullying, sibling rivalry, and family arguments, but most things are resolved effectively. Name-calling sticks to "stupid" and "maggot."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5 and 8-year-old Written bylibrarygirls March 29, 2011

Hilarious, says 8 year old

My 8 year old just read this and LOVED it. I liked that it deals with the issue of bullying and how difficult it is to deal with a bully.
She liked that it was... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 24, 2017

Awesome Book!

I have read this book about 10 times and it still isn't boring. It is written really well and it doesn't get boring.
Kid, 11 years old July 11, 2015

It was a really good book to read. And sometimes, if I am really bored I will read this book.

The book is a great book for everyone to read and good for readers going into first or second grade. The book is the third book in the mini series as well. A gr... Continue reading

What's the story?

Clarice Bean has a lot of worries. Some simple ones -- like largish spiders and if one could live off toast alone -- and some big ones like change, infinity, and the meaning of life. She writes all of her worries down and tries to prepare for them like her hero Ruby Redfort, using Ruby's \"Survival Handbook\" to help. When Clarice faces some big changes, including a new girl at school, trouble with her best friend, and arguments at home, Clarice wonders if her even hero Ruby could handle it.

Is it any good?

CLARICE BEAN, DON'T LOOK NOW is a delight. It's a great read for all kids, but specifically for reluctant readers. The book has things that all kids can identify with -- crazy family members, best friends, and worrying about things bigger than they are. It also helps them approach the subject of bullies and standing up to them. The book has fun and silly times that will make kids giggle and great characters that will make them want to read the other Clarice Bean books.

Parents will like how author Lauren Child intermingles great life lessons from Ruby Redfort's "Survival Handbook" with real-life situations Clarice faces.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how first impressions may not always be accurate. How did Clarice learn this lesson? Have you every gotten the wrong impression about someone? Has someone ever gotten the wrong impression about you? Families can also talk about ways to resolve conflict. Have you ever been bullied? How did you handle it? What would you do differently? Who could you talk to if you were having trouble in school? Also, do you ever write down your worries? Does it help?

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