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The illustrated mum

The illustrated mum

Wilson, Jacqueline; Sharratt, Nick

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

Paperback, Book. English. Children's stories.
Published London: Corgi Yearling, 2007
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Statement of responsibility: Jacqueline Wilson ; illustrated by Nick Sharratt
ISBN: 0440867819, 9780440867814
Intended audience: Juvenile.
Note: Originally published: London: Doubleday, 1999.
Physical Description: 222 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Family Juvenile fiction.; Mothers and daughters Juvenile fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 4
Interest Level: UY
Points: 9
Quiz Number: 203047

Author note

JACQUELINE WILSON is an extremely well-known and hugely popular author who served as Children's Laureate from 2005-7. She has been awarded a number of prestigious awards, including the British Children's Book of the Year and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award (forThe Illustrated Mum), the Smarties Prize and the Children's Book Award (forDouble Act, for which she was also highly commended for the Carnegie Medal). In 2002 Jacqueline was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame. She was the author most borrowed from British libraries in the last decade.

'A brilliant writer of wit and subtlety' THE TIMES
'She should be prescribed for all cases of reading reluctance' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
'Has a rare gift for writing lightly and amusingly about emotional issues' BOOKSELLER

Reviews

"Undoubtedly her best yet - single mum, feisty daughter, jaunty style - but there is a darker thread running through it"
Sunday Telegraph||"A book that children will respond to and be empowered by . . . A powerfully portrayed, sometimes shocking but ultimately uplifting story, this is a book not to be missed"
The Bookseller||"Darker, shocking in its exposure of the vulnerability of streetwise kids who have to seem tough, luridly well-written yet curiously as sentimental as Dickens"
Financial Times||"More than lives up the expectations of the many readers eagerly waiting for her new book . . . disturbingly perceptive and provocative"
Guardian||"Wilson is doing something important and rare. Not content to stand still, she's widening and deepening the scope of her work while maintaining its central hold on her readers. She's so good, it's exhilarating"
Guardian

Back cover copy

Star used to love Marigold, love me, love our life together. We three were the colourful ones, like the glowing pictures inked all over Marigold . . .

Covered from head to foot with glorious tattoos, Marigold is the brightest, most beautiful mother in the world. That's what Dolphin thinks (she just wishes her beautiful mum wouldn't stay out partying all night or go weird now and then.)

Her older sister, Star, isn't so sure any more. She loves Marigold too, but sometimes she just can't help wishing she were more normal . . .

This powerful and memorable tale for older readers now includes a special introduction from Jacqueline Wilson.