Jacky Daydream

Author: Jacqueline Wilson
Read by: Jacqueline Wilson
BBC Audio
RRP: 20.00
ISBN-13: 978 1 8460 7018 1
ISBN-10: 1 84607 018 X
Available 05 March 2007

Everybody knows Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson's best-loved character. But what do they know about the little girl who grew up to become Jacqueline Wilson? Wilson takes a look back at her own childhood in this captivating story of friendships, loneliness, books, toys, parents and much more. She explores her early years with the same warmth and lightness of touch that shows in her novels, and sensitively covers different topics like her parents' extra-marital affairs. Charming and revealing, this book is a delight for all of Jacky's fans and a treat for any new readers too...

Jacky Daydream is the life story of Jacqueline Wilson (or Jacqueline Aitken as she was born). Not only will this six CD collection give her fans an insight into the author's early life, but it also tests them on how much they really know about her books. Every now and then Wilson asks a question that is related to one of her novels - to make sure that fans were paying attention.

I have to admit that, when I first realised that Wilson was going to be reading this collection herself, I was a little apprehensive about whether this was going to be a hard slog to listen to. Author's are not always the best people to read their own work out aloud. Thankfully Wilson does this collection justice. Her delivery is natural and easy on the ears. In fact at times I forgot I was listening to an audiobook, as I could vividly picture the scenes as Wilson relayed them.

Fans will hear how Wilson played with paper dolls like April in Dustbin Baby; how she dealt with an unpredictable father like Prue in Love Lessons; how she sat entrance exams like Ruby in Double Act; and most of all how she loved reading and writing stories. Losing herself in a new world was the best possible way she could think of spending her time.

Anyone who wants to discover a little more about their favourite author really should pick this collection up - you won't regret it.

Amber Leigh

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