Sophie Aldred reads Jacqueline Wilson
's The Mum-Minder
in this unabridged single cassette pack.
"I'm Sadie and I'm nearly nine. Mum's a childminder, but she doesn't have to mind me. I can mind myself, easy-peasy." But when Sadie's mum goes down with flu Sadie finds herself spending her half-term holiday not only looking after her mum but helping to mind the babies too. There's three-year-old Gemma, two-year-old Vincent, baby Clive and Sadie's own baby sister, Sara. But, "us girls have got to stick together", so with Sadie's help all the mums take a turn. On Wednesday Gemma's mum takes them to her police station, on Thursday they go to an office and on Friday they go to Clive's mum's chocolate shop. This hilarious and heart-warming story first published in 1993 by the award-winning author of The Suitcase Kid and The Story of Tracy Beaker is sure to go down well with all 7-11 year olds and, as with all Jacqueline Wilson's stories, it is particularly good for enticing and entertaining the more reluctant reader.
Running time is 55 minutes. --Tamsin Palmer
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"Funny and warm-hearted . . . through Sadie's uncritical eyes, the babies' antics and adult failings are the stuff of comedy . . . Wittily illustrated" (Daily Mail
"A fine eye for the details of chaos" (Independent on Sunday
"High energy, zappy storytelling" (Junior Bookshelf
"The humorous account of a vivacious girl coping cheerfully and resourcefully with a problem life . . . Very entertaining reading . . . Should appeal to most primary school readers, particularly girls, and is well served by its attractive cover" (School Librarian