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Webchat with award-winning author and illustrator, Lauren Child - Monday 22 October 1-2pm

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PatrickMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 18-Oct-12 10:08:45

Hi everyone,

Next week we are delighted to extend a very warm welcome to children's writer and illustrator, Lauren Child, who will be at Mumsnet Towers for a live webchat on Monday 22 October between 1-2pm.

Lauren is one of Britain's best known children's writers who burst onto the scene in 1999. Her work has won numerous awards including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal, The Smarties Award and the television series, Charlie and Lola, became one of the most popular programmes on TV and won four BAFTAs. The programme is now aired in more than 34 countries and the spin-off books have sold over 5 million copies.

The second instalment of Lauren's Ruby Redfort series, Ruby Redfort: Take Your Last Breath is now published along with an exciting new e-book version from iBooks.

The Ruby series is aimed at girls aged 9 plus and tells the story of Ruby, a genius code-breaker, daring detective and gadget-laden special agent who just happens to be a 13 year-old girl. Ruby and her slick side-kick butler Hitch, foil crimes and fend off evil villains, but are always cool in a crisis. Check out the trailer here.

If this wasn't enough, Lauren is doing an event for the Mumsnet Academy on Sunday 25 November during which she will offer tips for aspiring children's writers and illustrators, tell stories of how she started out, ruminate on success and discuss her continued dedication to her craft. Sign up here.

Put 22 October in your diary or if you can't join us live, post a question to Lauren in advance.

SkippyYourFriendEverTrue Sat 20-Oct-12 00:14:01

Hurrah!

More Charlie and Lola books please?

GW297 Sat 20-Oct-12 00:22:13

Yipee! Charlie and Lola are my favourite and are my best.

ohmichellemichelle Sat 20-Oct-12 11:08:24

Oh, marvellous! We have the version of Pippi Longstocking that came with free set of illustrations from the book which I've framed and put in DD's room. I have also always wanted my website to have pink party rings and flowery wrapping paper superimposed on the home page.

Qu. Does Lola on the telly have the voice you imagined her too?
Also, are Charlie and Lola's parents smoking dope in the basement much of the time? Poor Charlie has to do so much parenting doesn't he? Is this artistic licence or were your parents off jet skiing somewhere when you were Lola's age?

Yes, more Charlie and Lola please. It's been a firm favourite in our house for the last 2 years but I am sick to death of the same stories grin

Also, can we have a peek at the parents please? I want to know if the dad has a beard.

gazzalw Sat 20-Oct-12 11:40:46

We have a daughter who is just 7. We find that there are not terribly inspiring must-read modern books for girls in this 6-8 age-group. Our daughter has very much enjoyed your quirky takes on the fairy story books though, as a natural successor to the Charlie and Lola stories (our daughter is Lola for sure!). We will most likely take on Ruby Redfort as bedtime reading!

Do you personally think that there is a literary 'gap' in the market in girls' fiction? We struggle to find modern books which are not formulaic and badly written. It feels to us that literature has been dumbed down to make it more accessible and yet it's done the opposite in our household. Our daughter has always loved reading but just as she's becoming an independent reader she seems to have been turned off by the lack of good quality novels aimed at her age-group.

What do you think?

MaureenCognito Sat 20-Oct-12 11:43:34

oh Lauren I am so pleased to tell you that all my three sons loved the first three books - the Ruby Redfort one sadly not as much.

I wsa very sad when the last son finished No3. We all knew kids in their classes like RObert granger. I am proud to say that I own at least three name changes on here from your books! I might pop into say hi as them!

MaureenCognito Sat 20-Oct-12 11:44:01

also STILL use the "callmemol" in conversation

KarlWrenbury Sat 20-Oct-12 11:45:13

Yup! HELLOOOO
i had this name ages ago,

BettyMoody Sat 20-Oct-12 11:46:26

oh look i had betty too.
POor old betty

BettyMoody Sat 20-Oct-12 11:48:12

s3 has a question

" at the end of the book you make a reference to your best friend, Clarice bean is a lot about friendship; how did you meet your best friend"?

he is 9

DameMargotFountain Sat 20-Oct-12 13:43:31

we love Clarice Bean chez Fountain, would you ever contemplate a TV series of those stories too?

champagnesupernova Sat 20-Oct-12 14:41:26

Hello Lauren
thanks for coming on MN.
I would love to be here on Monday but I have a v dull appointment with a Carpet fitter
What would your best advice for getting my reception DS to enjoy drawing?
I think it's so important but he is so much more interested in cars/lego etc?

strandednomore Sat 20-Oct-12 15:19:13

Have you ever thought of doing a Lola clothing range? I don't mean the stuff you can already buy (ie we have pyjamas with a picture of Lola on) but her actual clothes? The colours and styles are brilliant, so much nicer than most of the crap clothes you can buy in the shops for girls.

No more lift the flap books though please. I can't cope with having to look through 3,000 little flaps to try and find Sizzles ever again...

I second what someone else said about more books for the 6-8yr girls market. There seems to be so much more for boys in this age range (is it to try and get them to read???) - everything aimed at girls seems to be all fairies and unicorns....

HappyTurquoise Sat 20-Oct-12 19:25:54

Dear Lauren, we absolutely utterly love Charlie And Lola and Clarice Bean here (Monsnet, shame on you! How could you leave out Clarice Bean!) and so do our extended family, despite all our children being rather too old now! I will be getting some Ruby Redfort for my borrowing library, they're new to me.

Lauren, please would you:
Write for teenagers.
Bring back the old Ladybird Range of clothes (you know, the ones available in Woolworths) but in adult sizes, please! I would very much like to wear some Charlie and Lola socks and a matching coordinated long sleeve top.

HappyTurquoise Sat 20-Oct-12 19:27:32

(Monsnet --> Mumsnet.) Sorry. I will type it out in wobbly typeface 100 times in a Word document. Ever so Possibly.

MaureenCognito Sat 20-Oct-12 21:44:08

I'd like to suggest that Lauren's best work is to be found in her novels. Not in Charlie and Lola.

MaureenCognito Sat 20-Oct-12 21:44:37

The clarice bean are stylish and seemingly funny.
Eggplant. I love that shop

Lauren, I would like to thank you for having given my dc hours and hours of happy reading and tv watching. Charlie and Lola will always have a special place in my heart.

Following an old thread here on MN, i would like to know if charlie and lola's parents wear Birkenstocks.

HanSolo Sun 21-Oct-12 01:04:28

What age is Clarice Bean supposed to be from please?

DD picked one up at an early age, but it was way too advanced for her, just wondering when we could go back to it...

MaureenCognito Sun 21-Oct-12 07:07:15

"Seemingly funny" ? Typo. I meant something else. Nicer.

MaureenCognito Sun 21-Oct-12 07:07:55

Hans i read them to them at about 8?

thekitchenfairy Sun 21-Oct-12 08:05:43

Charlie and Lola bounced into our lives when DS1 was about 2, they are our favourite and our best (and this is not the only Lola-ism to pepper our family dialogue).

DS2 asks if you have ever considered writing for boys... or a book about C&L when they are a little more grown up, perhaps even teenagers?

HanSolo Sun 21-Oct-12 17:07:21

Thanks Maureen-not-so-cognito wink

cornflakegirl Sun 21-Oct-12 17:07:32

We're also big fans of Charlie and Lola stories, and DS1 (7) really likes Clarice Bean books. He would like to know what you feel like when you are writing the
stories.

JugglingWithPossibilities Sun 21-Oct-12 17:34:11

My daughter learnt to read with the fabulous Clarice Bean books - that was when her reading really took off ! You were her first favourite author. She has mild dyslexia which caused her some difficulties at school in years 1 - 4 (ish)
She still has some challenges with organisation and spelling, as do I.
The other day though I heard her say "I used to have dyslexia" smile
I loved Clarice Bean too, and Charlie and Lola on TV.
I think you're sooo super stylish - and your writing is genius and so beautiful !

My question ... which part of the writing and production process do you enjoy most ? Which part do you think is most important ? Where and when do you have your most inspirational thoughts ? (maybe more than one question, but all kinda connected !)

spots Sun 21-Oct-12 21:18:26

Lauren, hello! I am a big grown-up fan of yours, because I'm so delighted that you have found such new things to do in the world of book writing and illustration. You seem to have been the originator of many of the things we now take for granted in children's writing, illustration and broadcasting - collage (your kind of), sideways glances, wandering type, children's voices...

We have your 'Goldilocks' and 'Princess and the Pea' which I'm intruiged by as they seem to be a bit of a sideways step away from your better known stuff. I love them. Reading them is a bit like watching a grownup at play. I read somewhere that you love doll's houses... I'd love to know about your doll's houses!

I don't really have a proper question but thank you so much for all your contributions to children's books and to children's lives. I think you probably work quite hard and I hope you're still enjoying yourself!

Kahu Mon 22-Oct-12 04:36:29

Lauren, I love your books. Your artwork quite simply just makes me happy.

I know you recently designed some fabric for Liberty which I have been coveting. My question is this: is there any chance of you producing a line of Charlie & Lola fabrics? I would love to make some red & white Charlie & Lola duvet covers or a blue & white wave tablecloth!

Sneaky second question: I read that a lot of the fabrics you use in your work come from your childhood. Is there anywhere in particular you could recommend that I could find Charlie & Lola / Lauren Child-esque prints?

Thank you. Thought you might like to know that I quite frequently watch Charlie & Lola on DVD in the evening after the kids are in bed. Oh, and by the way, I just loved your Pippi Longstocking - perfect!

FeverAndTheFret Mon 22-Oct-12 11:35:59

Hi Lauren

Love your Charlie & Lola books, as does my 4 year old daughter.

A book I don't often see mentioned but I really loved is 'That Pesky Rat'. Found this book funny as usual, but also beautifully touching, without once descending into mawkishness.
(My admiration for you only increased when I read the blurb about writing for UNESCO on the theme of home. We do indeed all need a home.)

Anyway, sorry for the ramble, my question: Does everything in your stories come purely from your imagination, or does a memory fragment fire something in your imagination?
For instance I wonder if a child you knew refused to eat particular foods- and this then sparked your wonderful imagination to write 'I Will Not Never Ever Eat a Tomato'?

Please do tell! Thanks again for your fabulous quirky characters and your amazing artwork. Children's fiction is much richer for your contributions!

trice Mon 22-Oct-12 12:49:22

My dd loves That Pesky Rat so much that we read it several times a night. She dressed up as the rat for book day (in a little jumper). She even has pet grey rats called Tiddles and Pesky.

Do you wonder what effects your books will have on families when you send them out in the world?

cm22v077 Mon 22-Oct-12 12:55:45

Hi Lauren, what's your favourite biscuit? grin

PatrickMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 22-Oct-12 12:57:37

Morning everyone,

It is our absolute pleasure and delight to welcome Lauren Child to Mumsnet for today's webchat. Lauren, welcome!

LaurenChild Mon 22-Oct-12 13:03:07

SkippyYourFriendEverTrue

Hurrah!

More Charlie and Lola books please?

Hello, Clarice Bean books - the age range goes up as the books go on. Clarice Bean starts off as 8 in Utterly Me and is 11 by the third book, Don't Look Now. So naturally their content becomes more mature as the books progress. But as always it depends on the child's reading level and what they can emotionally cope with. Don't Look Now definitely explores more complex issues.
Lauren

HanSolo

What age is Clarice Bean supposed to be from please?

DD picked one up at an early age, but it was way too advanced for her, just wondering when we could go back to it...

LaurenChild Mon 22-Oct-12 13:04:48

cm22v077

Hi Lauren, what's your favourite biscuit? grin

Hello - a chocolate digestive is always welcome.

DameMargotFountain Mon 22-Oct-12 13:08:59

<exicted>

LaurenChild Mon 22-Oct-12 13:11:25

FeverAndTheFret

Hi Lauren

Love your Charlie & Lola books, as does my 4 year old daughter.

A book I don't often see mentioned but I really loved is 'That Pesky Rat'. Found this book funny as usual, but also beautifully touching, without once descending into mawkishness.
(My admiration for you only increased when I read the blurb about writing for UNESCO on the theme of home. We do indeed all need a home.)

Anyway, sorry for the ramble, my question: Does everything in your stories come purely from your imagination, or does a memory fragment fire something in your imagination?
For instance I wonder if a child you knew refused to eat particular foods- and this then sparked your wonderful imagination to write 'I Will Not Never Ever Eat a Tomato'?

Please do tell! Thanks again for your fabulous quirky characters and your amazing artwork. Children's fiction is much richer for your contributions!

Hello FeverAndTheFret, thank you for your nice comments about That Pesky Rat. It has been a very useful book in opening up a conversation with children about homelessness. Memories definitely fire my imagination. I was a very fussy eater and my sister was a very kind older sibling and she used to dispose of my food for me when my parents left the room. I also spend a lot of time looking out of the window observing things that are going on... You can overhear some rather good conversations in the supermarket and people also tell me very funny or touching things. Other ideas just pop into my head.
Lauren

poorbuthappy Mon 22-Oct-12 13:12:41

Lauren

What's your favourite book?

PBH

MaureenCognito Mon 22-Oct-12 13:17:15

Yes we like Pesky Rat too.

Lauren do you sometimes feel your other work is eclisped by the charlie and Lola phenomenon?

Also you have a distinct American style to your work, where (and why) is that from?

jvvaldes Mon 22-Oct-12 13:18:04

I love the stories too. I also love illustrating and was wondering how did you decide to write and illustrate books as your profession? Did someone help you?

LaurenChild Mon 22-Oct-12 13:18:42

MaureenCognito

The clarice bean are stylish and seemingly funny.
Eggplant. I love that shop

Hello MaureenCognito
The shop is based on a real shop in Primrose Hill, called Sesame's. It has been there since the seventies but is sadly closing down shortly, due to increased rents.
Lauren

nowit Mon 22-Oct-12 13:20:40

Hi Lauren,

HUGE Charlie and Lola fans in the nowit household and my DD has just started the Clarice Bean books (she is 8) and she is devouring them, will definitely look at the Ruby Redfort series for her next birthday.

She would love to write, what advice would you give a (very) young aspiring writer?

MaureenCognito Mon 22-Oct-12 13:22:10

Really, Lauren, your favourite biscuit should be a party ring.
tuts ;)

maloofysmum Mon 22-Oct-12 13:22:10

My daughter has grown up with your books, and is loving the Ruby Redfort books (me tooblush) . Are there going to be more? and also is there a film in the pipeline as it would be very popular in our house?

thanks

MaureenCognito Mon 22-Oct-12 13:22:40

I worry about Karl Wrenbury.
I think he is probably a NEET now.

Faverolles Mon 22-Oct-12 13:24:06

Hi Lauren,
My children have all loved Charlie and Lola smile

My question is (and probably a google will have told me, but you're here)
Did you start off as a writer or an illustrator? Which do you enjoy most?

LaurenChild Mon 22-Oct-12 13:25:45

JugglingWithPossibilities

My daughter learnt to read with the fabulous Clarice Bean books - that was when her reading really took off ! You were her first favourite author. She has mild dyslexia which caused her some difficulties at school in years 1 - 4 (ish)
She still has some challenges with organisation and spelling, as do I.
The other day though I heard her say "I used to have dyslexia" smile
I loved Clarice Bean too, and Charlie and Lola on TV.
I think you're sooo super stylish - and your writing is genius and so beautiful !

My question ... which part of the writing and production process do you enjoy most ? Which part do you think is most important ? Where and when do you have your most inspirational thoughts ? (maybe more than one question, but all kinda connected !)

Hello JugglingWith Possibilities
I think it's nice that your daughter feels like that.
The very beginning of a book is quite exciting but then it gets more difficult whether it is writing or illustrating. They are both equally difficult, I find, because you are trying to turn an abstract idea into something you can share on the page. It often doesn't come out in the way you expect it to and it is often agony trying to communicate your thoughts, whether visually or verbally. The best part about a book is when it is really beginning to come together and that is thrilling. I always feel it is like putting a puzzle together and when you start to see the picture appear you know what the final pieces have to be.
Lauren

LaurenChild Mon 22-Oct-12 13:26:39

MaureenCognito

Really, Lauren, your favourite biscuit should be a party ring.
tuts ;)

They look nice but I've never thought they tasted that good. Also, my mum used to make the most amazing biscuits...

JugglingWithPossibilities Mon 22-Oct-12 13:29:32

Thanks for your fab answer to my question Lauren - I love your puzzle analogy, and got here just in time to see my question answered

< squeeee as we say grin - sooo exciting ! >

Finbar Mon 22-Oct-12 13:29:38

HI
your books are a total pleasure - not just for the child but also the adult reading them. Love the way you manage to appeal to both sexes so well; Is it conscious?

I always wanted to work in Eggplant!

DameMargotFountain Mon 22-Oct-12 13:31:14

Lauren

do you lurk on MN at all?

MaureenCognito Mon 22-Oct-12 13:31:41

not only sexes Finny, but generations too. from the people from the old folks home and mrs Wilberton and the teenagers.
I roared at the goose thing with Mrs Wilberton

LaurenChild Mon 22-Oct-12 13:32:25

HappyTurquoise

Dear Lauren, we absolutely utterly love Charlie And Lola and Clarice Bean here (Monsnet, shame on you! How could you leave out Clarice Bean!) and so do our extended family, despite all our children being rather too old now! I will be getting some Ruby Redfort for my borrowing library, they're new to me.

Lauren, please would you:
Write for teenagers.
Bring back the old Ladybird Range of clothes (you know, the ones available in Woolworths) but in adult sizes, please! I would very much like to wear some Charlie and Lola socks and a matching coordinated long sleeve top.

Dear HappyTurquoise
The Ruby books are good for early pre-teens and early teens, so I'm glad you are giving them a try. I have thought about writing specifically for teens but it is all about having the time. It takes me about a year to write a novel and six months to illustrate a book, so it may take a while to get around to it.
My friend bought some M&S pyjamas from the boys section and they fitted her - so maybe you will find some that fit. The boys sizes seem to be suitable for young women!
Lauren

GreyGardens Mon 22-Oct-12 13:33:06

Hi Lauren,

We love your books and illustrations. Also, Charlie & Lola is the one programme still on Cbeebies that my 5 year old will deign to watch (the others are too babyish).
My question is what is your favourite novel?

Also, not to sound like a big old stalker, but we met you at a South London bookshop signing and you were very kind to me and my daughter. She still treasures her signed book smile.

JugglingWithPossibilities Mon 22-Oct-12 13:35:06

Oh and DD says she'd like to write and illustrate children's books when she grows up - I think you've inspired her - seriously ! ... she loves drawing ... do you have any tips for her I could pass on ... so far she plans on choosing art for one of her GCSE choices saying it will "keep her sane" grin

LaurenChild Mon 22-Oct-12 13:38:19

Finbar

HI
your books are a total pleasure - not just for the child but also the adult reading them. Love the way you manage to appeal to both sexes so well; Is it conscious?

I always wanted to work in Eggplant!

Hello Finbar
I never consciously write my books for either sex. Both Clarice and Ruby could be boy characters. I don't talk about anything that particularly relates to being a girl. Clarice is a girl because she was my first character and it seemed natural to write as a girl (she talks in the first person). Ruby is a girl because I was looking for a gutsy heroine. There seem to be a lot of boy heroes in fiction and side-kick girls, rather than the other way around.
It would be nice to help influence a change in the way girls are portrayed in fiction.
Lauren

JugglingWithPossibilities Mon 22-Oct-12 13:41:17

"It would be nice to help influence a change in the way girls are portrayed ..."

Has always seemed to me that's exactly what you are doing Lauren - and so charmingly !

DameMargotFountain Mon 22-Oct-12 13:42:50

Be assured, Lauren your books are one of the few we seek out because of the way you portray your female characters smile

LaurenChild Mon 22-Oct-12 13:43:24

maloofysmum

My daughter has grown up with your books, and is loving the Ruby Redfort books (me tooblush) . Are there going to be more? and also is there a film in the pipeline as it would be very popular in our house?

thanks

Hello maloofysmum
Thank you very much. There will be at least four more Ruby Redfort books. I am also doing a World Book Day book called Hang in There, Bozo: A Survival Guide, which will be published on WBD 2013 (I think that is 7 March, but do check). I would love to do a film. It depends how brave the film industry is to put a movie out with a girl hero. Luckily, things like The Hunger Games will help.
Lauren

iseenodust Mon 22-Oct-12 13:44:29

Hi Lauren

DS's favourite of your books is Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent. I think it's fab too for it's messages about material goods and the restorative properties of cocoa at bedtime. (May have recommended it on MN child fiction just a few times!)

Question - Who / what inspired the name ?

LaurenChild Mon 22-Oct-12 13:50:52

nowit

Hi Lauren,

HUGE Charlie and Lola fans in the nowit household and my DD has just started the Clarice Bean books (she is 8) and she is devouring them, will definitely look at the Ruby Redfort series for her next birthday.

She would love to write, what advice would you give a (very) young aspiring writer?

Hello Nowit
That is very nice to hear. She is getting to the right age for Ruby so I hope she will enjoy them. Advice for young writers - I write about this on my website milkmonitor.com. There's lots of information about how I come up with my characters and how I go about writing and illustrating them. I always feel the most important thing is to read as many books as you can because this helps you understand that there are many different ways of telling a story. And hopefully this gives you the confidence to find your own way of writing. When I was a child I didn't show any particular promise as a writer but it was all good practise and you don't get anywhere without trying. I think the important thing for your daughter is to write her own pieces without feeling self conscious about it and she won't find her own voice if she feels self conscious.
Lauren

LaurenChild Mon 22-Oct-12 13:51:38

DameMargotFountain

Be assured, Lauren your books are one of the few we seek out because of the way you portray your female characters smile

Hello DameMargotFountain
That's very nice to hear. Thank you.
Lauren

JugglingWithPossibilities Mon 22-Oct-12 13:53:35

That's interesting and encouraging that you blossomed later as a writer, but nevertheless feel it was all good practice smile

maloofysmum Mon 22-Oct-12 13:54:22

Thanks for replying Lauren, I agree, a strong female lead in films is definitely possible now, fingers crossed for a movie grin)

DameMargotFountain Mon 22-Oct-12 13:55:35

apart from Verity Brulee, but then i think DD identifies far more with the poodle in that story grin

JugglingWithPossibilities Mon 22-Oct-12 13:56:53

DD and her friends are all dressing up as Disney princesses at school on Friday - am proud that DD wants to be Princess Merida smile

< outs self again, but all in a good cause smile >

LaurenChild Mon 22-Oct-12 14:03:11

MaureenCognito

Yes we like Pesky Rat too.

Lauren do you sometimes feel your other work is eclisped by the charlie and Lola phenomenon?

Also you have a distinct American style to your work, where (and why) is that from?

Hello MaureenCognito
It happens to anybody who has a big hit, whether a song or a film or a book. I always think one has to be careful not to resent the thing that people know best about your work. It's a huge compliment and although sometimes one wants to talk about something else, or is actually busy doing many other things, it is still wonderful that people know you for anything.
America - when I was a child I was obsessed with America. I think this came from listening to Alastair Cooke's Letters from America with my mother. I also used to watch a lot of American TV which usually portrayed America as rather a glamorous place and, unlike nowadays, people rarely seemed to travel there. It wasn't really a holiday destination. I used to order books about America from our local library and I read a lot of American fiction eg Laura Ingalls Wilder's books. Ruby Redfort is directly influenced by my love of American TV culture. She started off in Clarice Bean as a fictional fiction heroine and due to demand from my readers, who requested that I write the books, she became a real fiction heroine.
Lauren

LaurenChild Mon 22-Oct-12 14:06:45

iseenodust

Hi Lauren

DS's favourite of your books is Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent. I think it's fab too for it's messages about material goods and the restorative properties of cocoa at bedtime. (May have recommended it on MN child fiction just a few times!)

Question - Who / what inspired the name ?

Thank you. Hubert is one of my favourite characters and I'm hoping to do some young illustrated fiction about him. A friend of mine had a family friend called Bartle Senior and I thought it was terribly funny. I wanted to give this very tiny boy a very big name because it sort of echoes the burden of responsibility that he feels as he tries to manage his very ditzy parents.
Lauren

PatrickMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 22-Oct-12 14:06:51

A huge thank you to Lauren for coming in to Mumsnet Towers for today's webchat. And thanks to everyone for the great questions.

Don't forget, if you want to hear more from Lauren, you can attend her Mumsnet Academy course on 25 November in London. Click here for full details.

LaurenChild Mon 22-Oct-12 14:08:21

Thank you for some very good questions. Sorry I couldn't answer them all. And thank you even more for some really nice comments. I really appreciate it.
I hope to see some of you at the Mumsnet Academy on 25 November.
Lauren

JugglingWithPossibilities Mon 22-Oct-12 14:08:35

Thanks Lauren for your company and lovely answers ( especially to my question !) - I think I'll have to get DD a Ruby Redfort book for Christmas ! Thanks for the idea !

BTW I do love the way Lola says things - really she's genius ! grin

DameMargotFountain Mon 22-Oct-12 14:23:19

thanks

i enjoyed that too

pmTea Mon 22-Oct-12 15:02:35

Charlie and Lola absolutely almost ever always rock smile

MaureenCognito Mon 22-Oct-12 15:11:37

She's very nancy drew, isn't she?

HappyTurquoise Mon 22-Oct-12 19:08:47

Oh, what with trying to fit work around running the half term Mum's Taxi service today, have only just got to have a proper look in here today.

Lauren Child answered my question! Thank you! I shall track down those PJs, thanks for the tip. (Would still like socks, and a top.)

happybubblebrain Mon 22-Oct-12 19:28:17

We have read the Pippi Longstocking book 3 times, it is our favourite book.

And we are currently reading the Clarice Bean series. Where can we get a Ruby Redfort fly hairslide? My dd (age 6) thinks Karl Wrenbury is very grumpy but she really likes Clarice. I like the books as much as she does.

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