Summary The Bed and Breakfast Star ↠ Jacqueline Wilson

REVIEW The Bed and Breakfast Star

Nd I'm going to be a big star one day I do my best to cheer my family up but no one seems to l. I ve always been a big fan of Jacueline Wilson s work and have had her books on my shelf since I was a child I read them relentlessly when I was younger and one of the books I read over and over again was The Bed and Breakfast Star I recently picked this up again and read it now in my adulthood and still retain the same fond memories of reading them as I did when I was little Looking back in it now as an adult I realise how much of a groundbreaking writer she is touching on subjects that can be hard to broach to younger audiences such as poverty family struggles and disputes parents hitting their children hopping from council house to council house not knowing where you next meal will be coming from struggles with school young delinuents playing truant and underage smoking although I was glad to see Elsa didn t succumb to such peer pressure I didn t realise this when I was reading with a younger brain but now can see it s uite a harrowing story with an important message I remember I was always enamoured with Elsa s character Her fiery personality her endless affinity for jokes and her constant attempts to cheer up those around her when she and her family are faced with difficult times Glad I re read this book as an adult who is still very much loyal to one of her favourite childhood authors

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The Bed and Breakfast Star

Where do baby apes sleep In apricotsI'm Elsa and that's one of my jokes I tell LOTS of jokes a. I read and then re read this book several times as a child I loved the character of Elsa and her fondness for cheesy jokes although at that age they aren t cheesy just hilarious As ever Wilson writes of a difficult subject in this story and unfortunately one that effects thousands and thousands of children every day Homelessness is a very real issue and as an adult it is intriguing to be able to look back at this story and see it through the eyes of a child Staying in a bed and breakfast sounds amazingly fun when you re ten years old As an adult living in poverty Not so much I can vividly recall so many supporting characters from this book and several scenes I remember with fondness This book doesn t feature the traditional happy ending of many other children s authors but that is perhaps what makes Wilsons writing exceptional

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Augh much any Not since we lost our lovely house and had to move into a bed and breakfast hote. I ve read this book before I m a little ashamed to say lifted it furtively from my younger sisters bookcase because they weren t really books for boys The narrative in The Bed and Breakfast Star is driven in the first person by Elsa with lots of I did s and personal thoughts and feelings this child s eye narration feels like a very intimate and personal account of her life nothing is left out for the readers sensitivities Reading the book as an adult Elsa s accounts of her life are leant a very powerful pathos and one cannot help but feel extremely troubled by her experiences in particular the violence of step father Mack hostility from school teachers and neglect by social services Wilson highlights this abuse beautifully and powerfully in child like terms my particular favorite being the use of Elsa s nine different beds to describe her nomadic early years However it is an interesting that I don t remember being bothered by the young girls experiences when reading it as a child Elsa s life appeared just as a canvas for the character of Elsa and her narration and it is in that way I think Wilson intended Elsa s troubles to be thought of The book is not a cry for change it is in a sense a cry for children to find their own voice Wilson doesn t afford Elsa a happy ending she gives her positivity and a rest bite but not a solutionThrough the illustrations in particular Wilson explores some of the mis conceptions children may have about events words and language in an adult world For instance in the representation of half brothers and sisters being literally a half brother This appears as a device throughout the story to bond reader to character This book is suitable for readings in upper KS2 and may act as an interesting point of discussion and introduction to writing in the first person


10 thoughts on “The Bed and Breakfast Star

  1. says:

    I read and then re read this book several times as a child; I loved the character of Elsa and her fondness for cheesy jokes although at that age

  2. says:

    This was an awesome book You just have to read it no matter what age you are This lovely story has laughs tears and amazingness all packed inside it I would recommend this book to anyone 1 100 You just gotta read it

  3. says:

    August's pick for our Jacueline Wilson book club I'll post a link to our discussion when it's uploaded

  4. says:

    I remember this book and The Suitcase Kid were the first gritty Jacueline Wilson books I read What I have always a

  5. says:

    A book that I've read over and over again as a child and now re reading it as an adult One of my all time favourite authors whilst growing up who has the gift of reaching out to millions of children Jacueline Wilso

  6. says:

    I’ve always been a big fan of Jacueline Wilson’s work and have had her books on my shelf since I was a child I read them relentlessly when I was younger and one of the books I read over and over again was The Bed and Breakfast Star I recently picked this up again and read it now in my adulthood and still retain the same fond memories of reading them as I did when I was little Looking back in it now as an adult I realise how much of a

  7. says:

    I’ve read this book before I’m a little ashamed to say lifted it furtively from my younger sisters bookcase because they weren’t really books for boys The narrative in The Bed and Breakfast Star is driven in the first person by Elsa with lots of I did’s and personal thoughts and feelings this child’s eye narration feels

  8. says:

    We follow the story of Elsa who has lived in over 7 different places Her family are poor they can’t afford to live in a big house surrounded by lots of luxuries but instead are resorted to living in a ‘bed and breakfast hotel’ With mould growing on the walls not being supplied a proper breakfast and living on the top floor with a lift that doesn’t work Elsa tries to find happiness in the darkest of momentsI read this book when I was

  9. says:

    Wilson is great at making realistic characters that you can uickly come to term with giving realistic reactions to eventsHer books are great at getting children to really think about actions and their conseuences

  10. says:

    'The Bed and Breakfast Star' is not a typical child's book that focuses on bunnies and other imaginative adventures that you'd find in a typical child's book If anything Jacueline WIlson tells a story of a girl called Elsa whose life is spent relocating in different parts of the country due to her mum's boyfriend losing and finding jobs She keeps herself occupied by telling herself and others whoever gives her the time of day some invent

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