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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Later printing edition (13 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440868254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440868255
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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 --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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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)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Mar. 2003
Format: Paperback
The Mum-Minder is a brilliant novel for budding writers as it shows that good stories don't just have to be about really extravagant things. The Mum-Minder is about a nine year old called Sadie and her mum who is a child-minder. Her mum comes down with the flu, so Sadie tries to take over. Sadie is only nine so she can't look after her, so the parents that she childminds for decided to take it in turns to take them to their work.They end up going from offices to chocolate shops. It's a brilliant novel that eveyone should read.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Feb. 2003
Format: Paperback
Mum Minder

What was the book about?
The book is about a young girl called Sadie. She is nine years old and her mum is a childminder. Sadie’s mum gets the flu one day and isn’t able to mind the children. So the parents of the children call a meeting at Sadie’s house and decide who and when is which mum going to look after all the babies for one day. The children go on all sorts of adventures together and have lots of fun
What made you chose this book in particular?
I chose this book out of many others because I have read other Jacqueline Wilson books before and really enjoyed reading them! I think that all of her books have all been really hilarious, entertaining and lively.
Would you recommend this book to anyone?
Yes, I would recommend this book to all of my friends and family, if I was to give ‘The Mum Minder’ a mark out of ten then I would give it 10/10.
What was your favourite part of the story?
My favourite part of the story was when Gemma’s mum took all the children down to the Police Station and they all got to drive round in the Inspectors police car.
Who was your favourite character?
My favourite character was Sadie because she was kind and loving to her mum when she made her breakfast in bed. She is very well behaved in front of all the other mums and dads unlike some characters in the story I know.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 10 Nov. 2010
Format: Paperback
The mum minder is very good and humorous.
I liked the fact that the book was written in a diary format.
Sadie's mum was unfortunately very sick and Sadie had to step in and take over her job as a child-minder.
My favourite part is when Sadie gets to go to the chocolate shop with all the children.
I would recommend this book for all Jacqueline Wilson fans.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Dec. 1999
Format: Paperback
Sadie's Mum is a childminder, but then bad luck strikes, she becomes ill and Sadie has to mind the babies! This book tells the story of the adventures that Sadie gets up to when she does her Mum's job looking after the children. I really enjoyed this book and if you've read some of Jacqueline Wilson's books I'm sure you'll like this one too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "jems118" on 17 Jun. 2002
Format: Paperback
the mum minder by jacqueline wilson is an hilarious tale told by sadie whos mum looks after some troublesome babies.
If there not screaming or moaning their drawing on walls and making a mess.so as you can tell all is going well up untill sadie's mum catches the flu and sadie and the babie's mums have to look after the babies and sadie has an extra chore of being a mum minder.
This story is brilliant i recommend it to all jacqueline wilson fans, seeing as i have only 2 more books to read and i've fineshed the collection. this one has a spark in it for definite my eyes got glued to every page.Its funny,cheery and emotional all the way through.
I gave this story a 4/5 in which it needs to be longer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
The concept was very interesting. I don't think she does justice to it. Children are capable of great emotional understanding and I just didn't believe that Sadie was nine. She seemed somewhat naive and simplistic. Some parts were quite amusing, but any situation with that many babies would have to be. I was somewhat disappointed as she seems to be a very popular writer.
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Plot:
Sadie is a bouncy, bright 8 year old, who's mother is a child minder. She's having a school break, and has to keep a diary as homework.
But after Mum gets sick, Sadie needs to care for all the little babies...and her mischievous toddler sister who chews at anything - even books!
The kids' mothers all get together and decide that they will each take care of everyone for one day of the week with Sadie as their helper. Sadie's thrilled - she's going to be treated as an adult!
Lots of adventures follow: and each day, Sadie learns about different jobs and their pros and cons.

Length:
Quite short - but still immensely enjoyable.

Book Quality:
Perfect! Very sturdy hardcover in mustard yellow, excellent binding and crisp, white pages.

Seller & Shipping:
Very quick! It arrived in three days or so after the purchase. No waiting or fussing around...very impressed!

Overall Comments:
Lovely book, very impressed with the seller. Would certainly buy again without hesitation!
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By lucy on 28 Mar. 2013
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The mum minder is a fantastic novel about a girl called Sadie. her mum is a childminder though Sadie says she can look after herself easy-peasy. Sadie's mum has got the flu so sadie decides to help her mum by taking over for a week. Sadie has 4 little children to look after but will it be a challange for Sadie or not?

My favorite part of this book is when Sadie takes the challange to look after all the little children on her own. And when Sadie is trying so hard to act like a real Childminder she is acting like a little womman.

I recommend this book because it is fascinating book for children who like taking responsibillity for young sibllings and need tips on how to look after children and keeps them amused.

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Lucy Anderson
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