The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson

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Covered from head to toe with one-of-a-kind tattoos, Marigold is the brightest, most beautiful mother in the world. At least, that’s what Dolphin thinks—she just wishes Marigold wouldn’t stay out quite so late or have mood spells every now and again. Dolphin’s older sister, Star, loves Marigold too, but she’s tired of looking after her. So when Star’s dad shows up out of the blue and offers to let the girls stay with him, Star jumps at the opportunity. But Dolphin can’t bear to leave Marigold alone. Now it’s just the two of them, and Dolphin is about to be in over her head. . . .


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About Jacqueline Wilson

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Jacqueline Wilson is a bestselling author in Britain. She has written several award-winning books for children, including The Suitcase Kid, Double Act, and The Lottie Project.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published March 25, 2009 by Yearling. 290 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Beautiful, odd, and very tattooed Marigold loves her two daughters, ten-year-old Dolphin and 12-year-old Star—progeny of two different brief relationships—but can barely take care of them responsibly.

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The Guardian

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The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson transports you into the complicated and miserable world of Dolphin and her beautiful sister Star and her slightly mad mother Marigold, a woman filled with tattoos, from the ugly snake on her neck to a ridiculous frog tattoo between her toes.

Aug 19 2011 | Read Full Review of The Illustrated Mum

Publishers Weekly

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The author deftly balances the pressures placed on Star and Dol, who often wind up caring for their mother and hiding her condition (revealed finally as bipolar disorder) from others, with more universal childhood experiences such as flirting with boys (for Star) and making friends (for Dol).

Jan 31 2005 | Read Full Review of The Illustrated Mum

The Bookbag

There is a Star for Star, a Dolphin for Dolphin, a winking eye on the back of her neck and a sinuous snake down her spine which slithers and sways when she dances.

Nov 23 2012 | Read Full Review of The Illustrated Mum

KidsReads

Soon, though, Dolphin begins to realize that Marigold's unpredictability --- her violent rages, her spending sprees, her impulsiveness --- might be the signs of a problem that's too big for her little family to solve on their own.

Feb 08 2005 | Read Full Review of The Illustrated Mum

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