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The Illustrated Mum [Hardcover]

Jacqueline Wilson , Nick Sharratt
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)

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Book Description

1 May 1999
A poignant and amusing tale of the many faces of family relationships.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books; 1st Edition edition (1 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385408889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385408882
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 15.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jacqueline Wilson is an extremely well-known and hugely popular author. The Illustrated Mum was chosen as British Children's Book of the Year in 1999 and was winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award 2000. Jacqueline has won the prestigious Smarties Prize and the Children's Book Award for Double Act, which was also highly commended for the Carnegie Medal. In June 2002 Jacqueline was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she was made a Dame.

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Anything written by Jacqueline Wilson is a pleasure to read. Her unique talent for dealing with difficult subjects without a trace of sentimentality, without patronising either the reader or her characters, with spirit and with affection, always makes the arrival of a new book bearing her name a rewarding and emotionally satisfying experience.

In The Illustrated Mum, Wilson introduces us to Dolphin, a young girl living in the wake of her tattooed mother Marigold's manic depression. With her older sister, Star, on the brink of adulthood and facing the traumas of adolescence, and her mum sinking further and further into her illness, Dol has no-one to turn to when the constant bullying at school causes her to withdraw into her own world, and she begins to cope with the reality of her life by fantasising that she is a witch.

Far from being a depressing and overwhelming read, Wilson introduces her readers to another of her classic, resourceful heroines who deals with the extraordinary circumstances of her life with a mixture of humour and quiet intelligence which blossoms as the situation reaches its inevitable climax.

The Illustrated Mum is Jacqueline Wilson at her very best, introducing a difficult subject to young readers with a compassion that initiates an understanding of a very serious problem without condescension or scare tactics. (Ages 9 and over) --Susan Harrison


"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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've ever read 22 Oct 2001
It's one of the best books I've ever read (and I've read allot) it was the first book I ever cryed about, because I felt so sorry for dolphin and star. It's an exagerated version of some real life issues. It makes you feel happy as well as sad because it shows you how good your life really is. But I warn you it is a heart-wrenchng story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book youll read this summer 22 Aug 2000
By A Customer
This is a story for all ages, and has some intrest for everyone. It is the story of a strange family, Marigold, (The mum)Dolphin and star her two chilldren. Star, The oldest of the two girls, Has no time for Marigold and spends as much of her time away from home as she can. Her sister on the other hand,Dolphin, Thinks the world of Marigold even when she dosent come home at night or forgets to pay the bills. "Marigold is the most beautiful mother I could wish for" Says Dolphin. Marigold is very colourfull she has many wounderfull tatoos all over her body and each one represents a cross roads in her life.
The illustrated mum has sad parts and happy and keeps you hooked, and Youll end up reading it long into the night.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down! 26 July 2000
By A Customer
This is a story of a young girl named Dolphin who lives with her mum,Marigold,and her biger sister,Star.Star is somewhat different to Dolphin because Star thinks her Mum is a walking disaster whereas Dolphin really appreciates her Illustated Mum! I think this book was great and I guarantee you won't be wasting time reading this book! The illustrated Mum fits in to an age group of 10-12.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Illustrated Mum 11 July 2004
By jac
The book I am reviewing is called The Illustrated Mum which was written by Jacqueline Wilson and was published by Corgi Books.
The Illustrated Mum tells the story of a mum called Marigold who is covered in tattoos and has two daughters called Dolphin and Star. The mum, Marigold is always out late partying leaving the girls to look after themselves in the flat alone. In one instant Marigold goes out on one of her nights and bumps into Star's dad, Micky. He comes back to meet his daughter who he never knew existed and gets to know her. However, as he already has a girlfriend there was no way he was ever going to move back in and get back with Marigold who was still in love with him. The story follows the relationship between members of the family through both good and bad times.
I think that this book is a brilliant read for girls over the age of 10. I really enjoyed reading it, as it was very exciting, not too long so that I stayed interested and it was also fun reading about a parent who was weird and something different from normal everyday parents.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving and brilliant book!!!!! 24 Jun 2001
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I am a 35 year-old Mum and this was still one of the best books I have ever read. The subject matter was dealt with with great sensitivity, reality and humour. Jacqueline Wilson writes with impartiality and a complete lack of judgement about the actions and lives of the the main characters.The feelings and experiences of the three in the book are conveyed with simple language, through the eyes of a child,and yet are conveyed with such depth and honesty. Jacqueline Wilson is, without a doubt, the most talented and perceptive writer of our generation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard child-like social realism. 31 May 2000
By A Customer
I have been reading The Illustrated Mum in relation to a presentation I have been doing on Children's literature and how it has changed over the last 50 years. The book tackled the emotionally charged issues of mental illness and the relationship reversals of mother and daughters. Jacqueline Wilson excelled with sensitive writing, tackling a difficult subject that children of today really do need to know about - so they are able to form their own interpretation f mental illness. Excellent.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Illustrated Mum 10 April 2003
This was the first Jacqueline Wilson book I ever read and now I'm hooked! She manages to show the differing emotions of the two girls and their mum through sadness, loyalty, fear, despair, fun and happiness. She makes it clear just how hard it is for kids to deal with parental instability, how painful it is to have a mum who is so different and yet she also shows how resilient the girls ultimately are and just how much they love their mum. Even though the mum is quite selfish and causes the girls a lot of heartache, Jacqueline Wilson somehow creates a sympathetic character who only really wants the best for her girls but at times is heartbreakingly unable to achieve that. It is a book full of reality which means that it is happy and sad in turns. A lot like life really!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bitter-sweet story of a troubled childhood 28 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Growing up amid the emotional worries of their mums manic depression and the torment of school bullies the bizarely named Dolphin and Star struggle through, their story sometimes sad, sometimes amusing, but always un-putdownable. A must read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark & Gritty
This is actually quite a dark book about Dolphin our ten year old narrater, her thirteen year old sister Star and their thirty-three year old mother Marigold. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mrs B's Books
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite!
I LOVE Jacqueline Wilson's books. She's such a great writer. This book was one of my favourite from her. Keep up your good work!
Published 12 days ago by Mhairi Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Book By Jacqueline Wilson
My daughter loved this book when she was younger and she re-read it recently and told me all of the amazement she had around the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lisa
1.0 out of 5 stars what
why is this book rated so high its rubish dont bother absalote crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!! jw this iz so disapointing its ur worst book shes ever written
Published 1 month ago by bhappy
5.0 out of 5 stars This amazing book
it was exiting
sad and I love the idea that star decided to have tattoos on her at the end
Published 2 months ago by Mrs K. Yates
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
A fabulous book! Couldn't put it down. This is definitely one of jacqueline Wilson's best books by far. A must read for anyone over 8! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Arwyn Monk
5.0 out of 5 stars Illustrated mum
great book
amusing funny and loads of family relationship recommend a must r read a page turner I loved it
Published 3 months ago by Brittany
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
A brilliant book! I recommend it to young teenagers at the youngest age should be seven or eight, you will enjoy this book!
Published 3 months ago by Henry Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars My grand daughter's birthday present
I received the package containing the book in excellent condition, and on time.

My grand daughter was excited with it.
Published 4 months ago by B. Rosser
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I think this book is very good and gives you an aspect of another life. The only negative thing is the story ending was to quick. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ruby
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