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The Illustrated Mum

By: Jacqueline Wilson
Narrated by: Josie Lawrence
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Summary

Dolphin adores her mother, Marigold. She's got wonderful clothes, bright hair and vivid tattoos all over her body – a colourful lady, to match her colourful life. But Dolphin's older sister, Star, is beginning to wonder if living with Marigold's fiery, unpredictable moods is the best thing for the girls.

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Amazing!!

It was a great story, even though a bit sad to me, and I hope to listen to more books like this!

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A story for all age groups.

I first heard this story as a child and I really enjoyed it. I then listened to it again years later as an adult and loved it. It does a wonderful job exploring mental illness and the effects it has on children. Its a story for all age groups.

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Fab!

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The most touching story. The only minor issue is that Josie Lawrence doesn't really fit in with the books atmosphere, but you get used to it so I would buy the book 😁

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FOR ADULTS TOO reading W

A poignant, well written story with strong female characters. Recommended reading for all JW fans.

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Great Book!

This book is amazing. Perfect for 10 year olds! if you have a child between 8-12 this is the book for you. This book gives a true understanding of love and forgiveness. You should totally get this book. It will make your day! :-)

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An excellent audiobook, so glad I listened to it

I used to be a big Jacqueline Wilson fan as a kid, but for some reason I never came across this one. I figured the content of this book would be enjoyable to read even though I'm in my 30s, and it did not disappoint. I was a bit nervous about the narrator, but when she was doing the voices for all the other characters it just painted a story for me.

The content of the book itself is very good and doesn't hold anything back, but makes it easy to digest for a younger audience. I compared it a lot with Lola Rose, which was my all time favourite Jacqueline Wilson book, and I think it was on the same standard. I'm really glad I was able to read this. I would recommend it to anyone of any age.

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It is such a good engaging book which also helps you realise your value of your own parents. It is a very touchy subject that has been written about but doesn't fail to meet great standards! Surely recommends:)

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An interesting book

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A interesting book to say the least. I'm kinda of glad in the end that Marigold didn't get back to the girls. I felt like she needed to be stabilized. Tbh she was to mentally unstable. I don't blame star 1 one tiny bit about leaving her for her dad I'm pretty sure star just wanted to be loved and appreciated by someone. All that responsibility for one kid! I'm glad that Marigold is realising how she affected star and dolphin. I think this book was great and couldn't put it down. Finished in less than a week! If your thinking about it please buy this book. The reader really showed the emotions of the characters and poor old owly I mean Oliver. He was such a good friend I'm pretty sure Oliver needed dolphin as much as she needed him!

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great book. jaqueline wilson really has a fantastic, imaginative mind as her plot was a huge surprise as in all her marvellous books! my favourite bit.....hmmm......too many I'd say, it was such an enjoyable and engaging story that I had to keep on listening through the night, until I fell asleep!!! throughout this book were many cunning and extraordinary and unexpected twists, which Is one reason why It is such a thrilling book! they narrator of this story really fitted the character and personality of dolphin. I could believe that if I met dolphin (marigolds youngest daughter! ) she would sound just like that! although if I could change anything or tell the author, jaqueline wilson, anything , then it would definitely be this....... in the story of the illustrated mum Oliver becomes dolphin's best friend, he comes over for tea soon after and when he is dropped off home, dolphin sees his mum waiting and looking out the window for Oliver. Oliver's mother gets migraines and is also a bit odd. it is then dolphin thinks that she isn't looking forward to going to his house as she'd of hoped. I would of very much indeed liked to see that play date!! I can't even imagine what jaqueline would of thought of, as she is one talented woman in many aspects!!!!!😁

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Love it!

I’ve loved every single Jacqueline Wilson book I’ve read or listened to, and this is one of my favourites.

The voices match the characters and it’s really interesting. Some parts are sad but it’s a nice story with a happy ending. I recommend this book to 10-13 year olds, but I’m sure lots of people of all ages would like this. 😊

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