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My Mum Tracy Beaker (Spoilers) – Book Review

I am well aware that it has been over a month since my last post. Life has been really busy as I am preparing for uni next term. It’s likely that once uni starts up again once a month posts will be the new norm, anything else will just be a bonus. I have been reading a lot of children’s books lately though, and as work will be breaking up for summer next week I should have a bit more time to post about them.

My own daughter is now a Tracy Beaker fan. This has allowed me to re-read all the old books plus the two latest ones.

Disclaimer: I purchased both of these books with my own money. It wasn’t sent to me to review. The information on the book and the author were taken from Amazon UK and are correct as of 12/07/2020

My Mum Tracy Beaker

Book Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Age Range: 9 – 12 years
  • Publisher: Yearling (21 Feb. 2019)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440871521

Synopsis

Jess and Tracy Beaker are the perfect team. They do everything together.

Jess thinks Tracy is the best mum ever, even when she shouts at her teachers!
Tracy has made the perfect home for Jess, leaving The Dumping Ground far behind her.

Yes, their flat’s a bit mouldy. It’s only just big enough for two. And the Duke Estate is a bit scary.
But it’s their happy home.

Until Sean Godfrey, Tracy’s rich boyfriend, whisks them away to his mansion, life of fast cars and celebrity stardom.

Will Jess’s brilliant mum turn into a new person altogether?
And will Tracy realise that her childhood dream might not be what she needs after all?

About The Author

Jacqueline Wilson wrote her first novel when she was nine years old, and she has been writing ever since. She is now one of Britain’s bestselling and most beloved children’s authors. She has written over 100 books and is the creator of characters such as Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather. More than forty million copies of her books have been sold.

As well as winning many awards for her books, including the Children’s Book of the Year, Jacqueline is a former Children’s Laureate, and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame.

Jacqueline is also a great reader, and has amassed over 20,000 books, along with her famous collection of silver rings.

Find out more about Jacqueline and her books at www.jacquelinewilson.co.uk

About The Illustrator

Nick Sharratt has written and illustrated many books for children including Shark in the ParkYou Choose and Pants. He has won numerous awards for his picture books, including the Sheffield Children’s Book Award and the 2001 Children’s Book Award. He has also enjoyed stellar success illustrating Jacqueline Wilson’s books. Nick lives in Hove.

My Thoughts

This next part contains a spoiler of the book. If you do not want to read it, please stop here….

I would like to welcome Cam Lawson to the LGBT community. JW has finally said what a lot of us had already guessed. Cam is a lesbian. She hasn’t come out and said it as such in THIS book, – that happens in the next one. BUT it is heavily hinted and I could not be happier. Tracy has done an amazing job at raising her own daughter I love the relationship that they have as mother and daughter. There are lots of references to the older books and her life at the dumping ground and although she has semi regular contact with her mum, it’s nice to see that she has grown out of the dreams of her mum being perfect. Her taste in men though! – Don’t get me started! Jess is a very lovable girl who helps to keep her mum level, even though Tracy is still a bit of a hot head with a bad temper. Reading these latest TB books has reminded just how much I love JW and the way she writes for children and young adults.

A firm 5 stars

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Love at first stitch – Tilly Walnes (Tilly and The Buttons)

You Don’t have to spend a ton of money

Tilly Walnes, Love At First Stitch


Like many others, lock down has got me picking up my sewing machine again. I have decided now I want most of my wardrobe handmade by me, by the end of the year, so I’m taking it fairly seriously. I follow a lot of sewing channels on YouTube and have done for a few years now, so the brand Tilly and The Buttons isn’t new to me, in fact I’d been wanting to get this book for about a year now.

Love At First Stitch – Tilly Walnes, published by Quadrille in 2014

Because it’s been a while since I’ve done any sewing, I picked this book up to ease myself in as even the hardest patterns in the book are very suitable for beginner level. For those completely new to the workings of a sewing machine there is even a chapter on setting it up and threading it.

The book starts with a very simple pattern of making scarf and then moves on to pyjama bottoms, skirts and dresses. The patterns for all these are tucked in a slot at the back of the book and are in sizes 6-20.

Starting easy with the Brigitte Scarf
Moving on to the Margot Pyjamas

Sewing books can be really expensive, but this one is so worth the money. I bought my copy from the Tilly and The Buttons website because it was out of stock on Amazon, and I’m so glad I did because Tilly has signed it too.

My first make from this book is going to be the Delphine Skirt from chapter three.

I can’t wait to get started!

I’ll leave the link to Tilly and The Buttons here as I think they are amazing!

https://www.tillyandthebuttons.com/