Monday, 7 February 2011

My favourite kind of storytelling



My wonderful friend text me telling me this one had come out on Friday morning and of course I couldn’t resist going and buying it, which subsequently meant I was hooked all weekend long. I may not be a young reader anymore, but I can still get lost in a Jacqueline Wilson tale.

I always find myself completely enchanted by the character names in Wilson books, this time Bliss and Pixie being my favourite ones. (Just like Star and Dolphin in The Illustrated Mum, believe me I was convinced I was going to change my name to Star one day)



This story was full of mischief and fun, but also very deep sadness. I think there is a lot of important lessons to be learned in Wilson books. Sometimes I feel like she is not only reaching out to children alone, I actually feel myself connecting with her writing so much. I have been reading her books for so long now it’s such a familiar way of storytelling, that I enjoy reading.

Lily very much longed to be alone, away from her dysfunctional siblings and playing Mum constantly, but when she was alone, she soon found it wasn’t what she wanted to be at all. I’ve never been an ‘older sister’, unfortunately for my brother I was the little sister. This story made me wonder how tough it must be being the ‘eldest’ and having all the responsibility of knowing best.

I also felt a lot of compassion towards Lily’s middle sister Bliss, she was terribly timid and sensitive. I could almost see my younger self in her. I loved reading about the way she admired Cinderella and diving into her fairy tale book.



One thing is for sure, I will never grow old of Jacqueline Wilson
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18 comments

  1. When I was younger, i Read books by this autor too ;o)

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  2. I might get this for my niece, she loves her books x

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  3. I'm going to have to read a Jacqueline Wilson book eventually. I read an interview with her in the Guardian last year and she treats herself to a huge ethnic ring every time she gets a book published, a girl after my own heart. xxx

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  4. I love her books, and when I was a young teen I actually got to see her live in Cromer :D I had the front row seat right in front of her, it was an amazing evening, plus she signed my book! xxx

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  5. There is nothing like a new book from a favoured author. I have never read her books (I'm too old to have caught any when I was younger). Do like a good kids book though so may have to put this on my ever expanding 'to read list'. x

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  6. I love her books, oh man, I was so close to buying this Saturday

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  7. This has got me in the mood to re-read all my old Jaqueline Wilson books :)

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  8. I think Wilson's books are amazing. She can connect to so many young peoples fears and make them seem normal. Her books really reached out to me when I was younger and I must admit - I still love them now.

    P.s Those names are amazing! & You should totally consider changing your name to Star. How amazing would that be?!

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  9. I love all of her books, The Suitcase Kid is my favourite being the first read but I also love the Illustrated Mum

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  10. I really like her books too, especially The Suitcase Kid, I went to have tea with her once and she's a lovely person as well :)

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  11. Hello Alice, thank you for such a lovely comment, I honestly think it was the nicest I've ever had! You'll have to come and visit me when I open my shop so I can say hello in person!

    I used to love these books! My friends and I used to share them around and then write reviews! aah

    Becky-May

    xxx

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  12. i still love Jacqueline Wilson, i always flip through a couple of my old favorites when i'm staying at my cousins :) x

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  13. Jacqueline Wilson was my favourite author when I was younger, I met her at a book signing and I have my copy of Double Act signed.... so stoked :)

    Joanne Faith xo

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  14. I used to love Jacqueline Wilson books when I was younger. I might just have to re-read all the ones I have now. Thanks. :)

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  15. I love Jacqueline Wilson! Tracy Beaker was my favourite. The illustrations are always amazing too. x

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  16. love her!! this is such a cute post

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  17. wow - i used to read her books all the time!

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  18. I met Jacqueline Wilson when I was 10 at a signing for 'The Diamond Girls'; she's truly lovely and such a captivating writer!

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