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  • Published: 1 May 2007
  • ISBN: 9780440867814
  • Imprint: Yearling
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $17.99

The Illustrated Mum

A powerful novel of two sisters who have to cope with living in a very dysfunctional household where their tattoo-crazy mum has real difficulties in coping. A new edition with new cover look and introduction.

Dolphin adores her mother: she's got wonderful clothes, bright hair and vivid tattoos all over her body. She definitely lives a colourful life. Dolphin's older sister, Star, also loves her but is beginning to wonder if staying with a mum whose temper can be as flashy as her body-art is the best thing for the girls…

  • Pub date: 1 May 2007
  • ISBN: 9780440867814
  • Imprint: Yearling
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $17.99

About the Authors

Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson wrote her first novel when she was nine years old, and she has been writing ever since. She is now one of Britain’s bestselling and most beloved children’s authors. She has written over 100 books and is the creator of characters such as Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather. More than forty million copies of her books have been sold.

As well as winning many awards for her books, including the Children’s Book of the Year, Jacqueline is a former Children’s Laureate, and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame.

Jacqueline is also a great reader, and has amassed over 20,000 books, along with her famous collection of silver rings.

Find out more about Jacqueline and her books at www.jacquelinewilson.co.uk

Nick Sharratt

Nick Sharratt has written and illustrated many books for children including Shark in the Park, You Choose and Pants. He has won numerous awards for his picture books, including the Sheffield Children's Book Award and the 2001 Children's Book Award. He has also enjoyed stellar success illustrating Jacqueline Wilson's books. Nick lives in Brighton.

Praise for The Illustrated Mum

“'A book that children will respond to and be empowered by.... A powerfully portrayed, sometimes shocking but ultimately uplifting story, this is a book not to be missed' Bookseller”

“'Darker, shocking in its exposure of the vulnerability of streetwise kids who have to seem tough, luridly well-written yet curiously as sentimental as Dickens' Financial Times”

“'Compulsive reading... almost heartbreaking' Carousel”

“'There are many Dolphins living in our society, and stories like hers need to be told... As always, Wilson's style keeps a degree of the grimness at a distance, and the love which Marigold has for her daughters and they for her is evident throughout the story'' Books for Keeps”

“'JW has managed to portray the complexities of modern family life in a non-judgemental and accessible way. She has successfully captured the voice and emotions of a 10-year-old and presents them in a sensitive but entertaining way. And enjoyable read but a thought-provoking one too.' School Librarian”

“'Wilson is doing something important and rare. Not content to stand still, she's widening and deepening the scope of her work while maintaining its central hold on her readers. She's so good, it's exhilarating' Philip Pullman in Guardian”

“'JW's fans can enjoy the latest ingenious variation on her theme of childhood deprivation courageously endured... fully maintains her high standard of benign empathy with young victims of family dysfunction...JW, an eminently sane writer with a sense of humour, proved, as usual, that she was well up to the task she had set herself. There are drawings as decorative as tatttoos by Nick Sharratt.' Spectator”

“'Written with affection and wit... this could have been a sad story, but somehow it manages to sparkle as brilliantly as the mother's own numerous coloured tattoos' The Independent”

“'When it comes to realistic tales of disadvantaged contemporary children Jacqueline Wilson has almost cornered the market... Her great strength is that she talks in a voice with which children identify, not one that moralises from on high.... Beneath her streetwise exterior, Wilson is a moralist at heart' The Sunday Times”

“'Jacqueline Wilson's fans will find her on top form' Sunday Telegraph”

“'A marvellous, poignant tale... strong stuff in theme and language, but this is Jacqueline Wilson's best yet. For l2-year-olds and over' Tony Bradman in The Telegraph”

“'More than lives up the expectations of the many JW readers eagerly waiting for her new book. It has all the qualities of her previous successes... JW's brand of naïve narrative prevents her books from being mawkish or sentimental Instead, they are disturbingly perceptive and provocative.' Guardian”

“'Looks at serious issues in a gentle and thoughtful way... explores issues of sensitivity and responsibility in Wilson's own inimitable way... wonderful...' Bookseller”


“'This sees JW writing at her best and reflects her powerful child-appeal and extraordinary insight into family relationships... It's a story of chilren having to take responsibility too soon, a story of love and sadness.... in true Wilson style, all is told with humour and care and is shaped into a great story' Literacy and Learning”

“No. 11 in list of most borrowed children's fiction (Jul 2003 - Jun 2004)”

North-West Evening Mail

“Article mentioning showing of the film at the Earls Court Festival”

Westminster News

“Interview with Jackie with picture of her holding the book”

Bath Times

“I would most certainly recommend this book as most of the time it is completely unpredictable.”

Teen Titles

“'Undoubtedly her best yet - single mum, feisty daughter, jaunty style - but there is a darker thread running through it.... For mature nine-years-old and upwards' The Sunday Telegraph”

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