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This review is from: Secrets (Paperback)
As children's writers go, Jaqueline Wilson must be the most over-rated there is. Her characters are annoying, selfish and whiney, her writing is massively self conciously 'issues' laden, and the illustrations are nothing short of cheesy. Since I've never liked Miss/Mrs Wilson, I suppose it was inevitable I wouldn't like this book. However, as it stands, this is probably her worst to date. There are many writers who can handle the old 'converted fairytale' formula with enough penash to make it feel new again. Jaqueline isn't one off them. This book, while admittedly very polished, reaks of surface values and the characters of so unlikable I couldn't image any child taking to them (though obviously they do). Like J.K Rowling, Jacqueline Wilson is a fad writer, and one who'll be quickly forgotten. I hated these books when I was a kid, and I hate them now. If you want really childrens writing, check of The Little Prince or The Iron Man, both of which stand as examples of how childrens writing should be.