Lauren Child MBE (born 1965) is an English author and illustrator. She is best known for the Charlie and Lola picture books and the Clarice Bean series of picture books and novels.
Child introduced Charlie and Lola in 2000 with I will not ever Never eat a tomato and won the annual Kate Greenaway Medal from the Library Association for the year's most "distinguished illustration in a book for children". For the 50th anniversary of the Medal (1955–2005), a panel named it one of the top ten winning works, which composed the ballot for a public election of the nation's favourite. It finished third in the public vote from that shortlist.
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