The children's relationship is refreshingly ncombative, with Charlie as the protective and affectionate older brother who is appreciative of, rather than anyed by, his sister's quirkiness. - SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review) Lola is t so sure about school. After all, why would she need to count higher than ten when she never eats more than ten cookies at a time? Once again, it's up to ever-patient big brother Charlie to persuade Lola that school is worthwhile and that her invisible friend, Soren Lorensen, will be welcome, too.
Lauren Child is the author-illustrator of many children's books, including the Charlie and Lola books I AM NOT SLEEPY AND I WILL NOT GO TO BED and I WILL NEVER NOT EVER EAT A TOMATO, which won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. She is also the creator of a quirky series of picture books about Clarice Bean: CLARICE BEAN, THAT'S ME; CLARICE BEAN, GUESS WHO'S BABYSITTING; and WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM, CLARICE BEAN?, as well as the illustrated novel UTTERLY ME, CLARICE BEAN. I am mainly interested in peculiar things that happen in real life rather than fantasy, she says of her books, which often tap into her own memories of being a middle child.The daughter of two art teachers, Lauren Child went to two art schools, worked as an assistant to the artist Damien Hirst, and designed an offbeat line of lampshades before beginning a career in children s books. She lives in London.