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An intriguing Story
on 6 November 2011
The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson
Reviewed by Heena Pala
The Illustrated Mum is an intriguing book about sisters Star, Dolphin and their mum, Marigold. Marigold is no ordinary mum; she drinks, stays out until late and is covered from head to toe with bright, colourful tattoos.
Star and Dolphin have separate dads, but Marigold is still in love with Star's dad, Mickey. When she meets him at a rock concert, things get complicated. Star gets that father-daughter relationship that she always dreamed of, but Dolphin feels left out.
Jacqueline Wilson has yet again captured the readers with her writing. I really enjoyed The Illustrated Mum, and would recommend it to anyone. I found the way that the chapters were each named after one of Marigold's tattoos unusual. If there was anything I would change about this book, it would be the storyline and the ending. The storyline is nothing different, and the ending was unsatisfactory. I feel as if no large events happened in the book, and not much changed in the characters' lives.
AGE RANGE: 11+
PUBLISHER: Corgi Yearling