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The Worst Thing about my Sister by Jacqueline Wilson

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By Grace O'Reilly

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Jacqueline Wilson is an author of children’s books and has been writing for many years.  There are lots of titles that Jacqueline has written to choose from.  She writes for the whole range of child readers from beginner readers published with Corgi Pups, right up to Doubleday/Corgi Books for older readers, and she also has collections of books to choose from as well.

The Worst Thing about my Sister was published in 2012 by Doubleday books, (an imprint of Random House Children’s Books), and was illustrated by Nick Sharratt.  The illustrations are throughout the book and are in black and white.

Wilson’s inspiration to write about sisterly relationships is because she was an only child and always longed to have a sister of her own.  Many of her other books are about different sisters, “I was an only child and I longed for a sister to play with.  I used to pretend I had one.  I’d mutter to this imaginary person as I played with my dolls and she’d talk back to me.”

‘The Worst Thing about my Sister’ is about two sisters called Marty and Melissa.  Marty is a tomboy and loves drawing and being rough and tumble, while and Melissa is her extremely girly older sister, who loves pink, and fashion and make-up.  They fight a lot as they clash.  Sometimes it is Marty’s fault and sometimes it is Melissa’s.  They need to learn to compromise and be respectful and mindful of each other’s feelings, belongings and space.

One of my favourite books Little Woman by Louisa M. Alcott is one of the books that inspired her writings.  Others include, Nancy and Plum by Betty MacDonald, Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild and What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge.  My daughter Olivia is ten and she really enjoyed this book and others by Jacqueline.  She also thinks that Nick’s pictures are pretty cool too.  A good book for 8-12 year olds.

(c) Grace O’Reilly

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