Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Childhood Reviews #1

Dolphin adores her mother: she's got wonderful clothes, bright hair and vivid tattoos all over her body. She definitely lives a colourful life. Dolphin's older sister, Star, also loves her but is beginning to wonder if staying with a mum whose temper can be as flashy as her body-art is the best thing for the girls..

So, im starting a serious on some of my childhood favourites and decided to review them as an adult so here is the first

So, the illustrated mum has always been my all time favourite Jacqueline Wilson book, so i was very excited to read it as an adult with a vague memory of the book. We meet Dolphin, her sister Star and their mother Marigold. Dolphin adores her mum, but shes a bit different from everyone else, she has the moods you see, some days she is up, some she is down. Star, loves her mother but wants someone normal so when a chance meeting with her father occurs, she ups and leaves the pair for a normal life, leaving Dolphin to handle Marigold all by herself.

This is a dark book, it is geared for the older child. Essentially Marigold is a manic-depressive. The girls are learning how to handle that, and with Marigolds fear of hospitals it makes each day a gamble. It is both slightly heartbreaking but also in some parts full of love. 
Her Brain was just wired different way from other people's. I imagined the ordinary brain, grey, and wiggly and dull. Then i thought of Marigolds brain. I pictured it bright pink and purple, glowing inside her head.

Wilson has a fantastic way of drawing the reader in and making you feel for the characters, making
you see the world from their eyes. I completely forgot that the book tackles such a mature subject. In all honesty my memories of it stem as far of wanting to eat mars bars outside the shop like star & dolphin and wanting chips and scraps in brighton. 

Re reading this made my heart hurt for the children in it. However it was still everybit as fantastic as i remember it been. I always wanted to colour in the illustrations though!. I rated this highly because for me its such a good read, it made you think about the situation the girls were in and  how coping with a mental illness would effect them. Well done Ms Wilson


5/5 assam all the way

Author Bio
Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine, filling in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named after her!) before turning to writing novels full-time.

One of Jacqueline’s most successful and enduring creations has been the famous Tracy Beaker, who first appeared in 1991 in The Story of Tracy Beaker. This was also the first of her books to be illustrated by Nick Sharratt. Since then Jacqueline has been on countless awards shortlists and has gone on to win many awards. The Illustrated Mum won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, the 1999 Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards and was also shortlisted for the 1999 Whitbread Children’s Book Award.

Double Act won the prestigious Smarties Medal and the Children’s Book Award as well as being highly commended for the Carnegie Medal. The Story of Tracy Beaker won the 2002 Blue Peter People’s Choice Award.

Jacqueline is one of the nation’s favourite authors, and her books are loved and cherished by young readers not only in the UK but all over the world. She has sold millions of books and in the UK alone the total now stands at over 35 million!

In 2002 Jacqueline was awarded the OBE for services to literacy in schools and from 2005 to 2007 she was the Children’s Laureate. In 2008 she became Dame Jacqueline Wilson

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