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The Illustrated Mum
by Jacqueline Wilson (more about Jacqueline Wilson) 310/44 illustrated by Nick Sharratt
first published 1999
Real Life Drama for ages 9 to 14 published by Corgi Yearling
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £3.99, Usually dispatched within 24 hours
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
9/10 Very good. I am pleased with this.
What's it about?
Nobody has a mother like Marigold. Dolphin knows their lives are different to other families, but everything seems to be spiralling out of control!
What happens?
Dolphin and her older sister Star, live in a council flat with their eccentric mother, Marigold. Neither girl has ever met their real fathers, but both think about them at times. Marigold is bright and beautiful, covered in tattoos and Dolphin adores her. So did Star until recently, but that is changing, as Star has grown up she has become more critical of her mother's appearance and behaviour and is willing to say so. Dolphin is quite used to looking after her mother, a job which Star used to do, as well as looking after her little sister, but Dolphin sometimes wonders what it would be like to live in a family where your mother doesn't stay out all hours or cover herself with tattoos and you had some friends to talk to.
Is it easy to read?
Written to be easily accessible to as many as possible, a competent reader with growing maturity will find this a stimulating read. Ask adults about any of the themes or ideas that you don't fully understand, but be patient, if you are a younger reader or can't make sense of the story come back to it later, there are plenty of her other books to read!
Anything else?
One of the most powerful stories yet from a modern classic author. The story fascinated me, even though it was really painful to read at times. Jacqueline Wilson's understanding of people and human relationships is amazing, she is faultless in her writing and my admiration for her just keeps growing. I honestly believe her books should be available for all children to read in schools and used where possible as discussion starters when thinking about the lives of other people. Shortlisted for the 2000 Blue Peter Book Awards 'The Book I Couldn't Put Down' .
Other books by Jacqueline Wilson include Bad Girls, Best Friends, Buried Alive!, Cliffhanger, Connie and the Water Babies, Double Act, Dustbin Baby, Girls in Love, Girls Out Late, Girls Under Pressure, Glubbslyme, How to Survive Summer Camp, Lizzie Zipmouth, Lola Rose, Midnight, My Brother Bernadette, Secrets, Sleepovers, The Bed and Breakfast Star, The Cat Mummy, The Dare Game, The Lottie Project, The Mum-Minder, The Story of Tracy Beaker, The Suitcase Kid, The Werepuppy, Twin Trouble, Vicky Angel.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
A poignant and amusing tale of the many faces of family relationships.
And what do you think?
Belinda, Moorabbin
I enjoyed this book so much because it realates to what people have to go through in thier lives. It shows us how they have to cope! I REALLY ENJOYED IT!!
Christina, yeo valley primary school
I really enjoy this book and I can't stop reading it, it's the only book that I mostly read and I love the rest of her books.
Devinia Malcolm, Loxford School of Science and Technology
I liked the book because it was very interesting and it helps children to understand how other people feel. The story is about a mum called Marigold and she's got tattoos covered from head to foot. Her children want her to change the way she acts and be a
Emily Hyne, St.Andrew's School Eastbourne
I thought that the Illustrated Mum was very good because I liked the people and they were
good as well. The story was very interesting and hard to put down. The book was funny.
emily long, spratton hall school
this book is the worst no one will like it
Emma Hunter, Bothwell Primary School
Other people will like this book because it is very good and interesting.
Erin and Charlie, Boughton school
The Illustrated Mum is one of the best books we've ever read. All the characters were great because they were interesting and exiting, but we liked the main character best, the illustrated mum! It's about two girls who live with their mum who acts like a
Hannah, Belfast
This book was just amazing. I really loved it but it was another book that made me cry. I would also like to say Ollie is soooooooo sweet!!!
harpreet marwaha, northfleet school for girls
i really loved this book. the mum is so groovey with all the tatoos!!! so read it to see wot happens
Henna Ahmed, Grangetown Junior School
It was very interesting I felt extremly sorry for Dolphin and Star was very horrible, mean and selfish I enjoyed this book a lot and could not get my head out of it
KIRSTY, MARPLE HALL
This is my FAVORITE book ever. The way it is told through the eyes of a young child who doesn't quite grasp what is going on. This book has more twist and turns than a rollercoaster. I LOVE it!
Kirsty, Marple Hall
The Illustrated Mum is one of my favourite books, it is about a young girl called dolphin who lives with her sister, Star and her mother, Marigold. Who is covered in tattoos, each marking an important event in her life. But she isn’t well. Ever sinc
Laurie da Silva, Notre Dame Primary school
I think The Illustrated Mum was a very easy to read book and was also easy to follow. Jacqueline Wilson is my favourite author and like all of her books IT'S BRILLIANT!!!
Molly and Erika, Boughton school
We think this book is brilliant, especially for the ages 8 and upwards, because of the extended description and use of punctuation. We love the way Jacqueline has picked out an ordinary family and turned it into an exciting family crisis. We would give th
Natalie Dempsey, Bothwell Primary School
Other readers will like it because it is a good book to read. and also it is the BEST!
Navdhatt, the Heathland School, Hounslow
I loved this book, I couldn't even put it down. It's the first book I have read by Jacqueline Wilson and it really captures you into the story. It was so realistic but made me laugh sometimes. I could even relate to some of the situations in the story.
Philip Pullman, The Guardian
The Illustrated Mum more than lives up to the expectations of the many Jacqueline Wilson readers eagerly waiting for her new book. It has all the qualities of her previous successes - the observant first-person child narrative; the resourceful heroines; t
Rebecca Harrison, Wellfield Church School,Burnley
Rebecca Harrison The Illustrated Mum By Jacqueline Wilson Star and Dolphin are sisters. Their Mother is called Marigold and she is full of of beautiful, colourful, bright tattoos, but the problem is that Marigold has an illness. Every so often she goes th
Sarah Dabrowski, Winton Secondary School
The Illustrated Mum has to be an excellent book for the more able Jaqueline Wilson Readers. I found this when I had almost grown out of the other books as I prefered a more challenging book. I found that when I read this in year 6 in another school that I
Susan Harrison, Amazon.co.uk
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
TEALE ASHTON, WOOD GREEN SCH
THIS BOOK WAS GREAT I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN. THE ILLISTRATED MUM IS MY FAVOURITE BOOK OUT OF ALL THE ONES I'VE READ SO FAR.
Amelia Schicht, Wiveliscombe
The Illustrated Mum is about aMum called Marigold of two kids called Dolphin and Star. Their Mum is tatooed all over with tatoos. She is also very embarassing. I liked the book because it is funny and at some points scary.I would love to seean episode of More...
adeesha, heatlands
really good book lots of mcdonalds!!!!!!!!!!!
poo head, st. johns
very good
Hayley, st. johns
I think it was wicked and id give it 8/10 id love to have a mam like that read it. its not a time waister. like some books
Noni Nosh, London
This is a very good book. I have read better but this is sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes happy. Pass me the kleenex while i read this book!
tamara salmon, Hillel Academy
dOLPHIN AND HER OLDER SISTER STAR LIVE WITH THIER MOTHER BUT SHE"S NOT ORDINARY.SHE IS VERY ECCENTRIC AND IS FULL OF TATOOS.I LOVE THIS STORY AND OTHER READERS WILL TOBECAUSE IT RELATES TO HOW SOME MUMS IN REAL LIFE .AND I THINK KIDS THAT HAVE MUMS LIKE T More...
Tomer, Hillel Academy
hachch
Tomer, Hillel Academy
very boring
Tomer, Hillel Academy
It was a boring book
ASHY, GILLINGHAM
I HAVEN'T YET FINHED READING THE BOOK BUT BY READING THE REVIEWS I CAN TELL THAT ILL LOVE IT.
rebecca
it is a great book
Anne, Southampton
When Dolphin finds her mum in the bath covered in paint, she needs to do somehting. Her sister, Star, is away with her dad while Dolphin is still looking for hers. Should she phone an ambulance, and will Owl become her friend? It is a really motivating b More...
Emer and Rebecca, Corpus Christi
The Illustrated Mum is about two girls called Star and Dolphin, who have a mental mum called Marigold. She goes out clubbing every night and leaves Dolphin and Star by themselves all night. Marigold covers herself in tattoos she has got a Dolphin and a S More...
ELLIS, AVELEY PRIMARY SCHOOL
I THINK IT IS BRILLIANT!! WHEN THEY ARE DANCEING TO THE EMERELDS AND I THOUGHT IT WAS SAD WHEN MARIGOLD GOES TO HOSPITAL. I THINK THAT THERE SHOULD BE A ILLUSTRATED MUM 2 FOLLOWING UP ON HOW THEY ALL GET ON.
sarah, ravenscote
Star thinks she will not find her dad until marigold found him at the Emerold city concert.if you like romance READ IT if you like touching books READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have two words to say READ IT
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