Illustrated Mum

Illustrated Mum

Book - 1999
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Covered from head to toe with one-of-a-kind tattoos, Marigold is the brightest, most beautiful mother in the world. At least, that’s what Dolphin thinks—she just wishes Marigold wouldn’t stay out quite so late or have mood spells every now and again. Dolphin’s older sister, Star, loves Marigold too, but she’s tired of looking after her. So when Star’s dad shows up out of the blue and offers to let the girls stay with him, Star jumps at the opportunity. But Dolphin can’t bear to leave Marigold alone. Now it’s just the two of them, and Dolphin is about to be in over her head. . . .

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Baker & Taylor
Despite her mother's crazy tattoos and mood swings, Dolphin loves her and all her uniqueness, but when Dolphin's sister Star suddenly moves away to their father's home to get some peace in her life, Dolphin doesn't like being alone and isn't sure if she will be able to manage their mother's unpredictable behavior without her sister around for support.

& Taylor

Ten-year-old Dolphin is determined to stay with her family, no matter what, but when her sister goes to live with her newly-discovered father, sending their mother further into manic-depression, Dolphin's life takes a turn for the better.

Publisher: New York Delacorte 1999
ISBN: 9780385902632
Characteristics: 282 p. ; 22 cm


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Mar 21, 2015

A good read. Reminded me of life with my mother.

juliairisivy Jun 18, 2013

Don't read it. It's a bit boring.

Oct 23, 2012

Past BOOKS 2 U book.


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Oct 23, 2012

British sisters live with their much-loved but mentally ill mother who has a lot of tattoos. Sometimes life is happy, other times they are neglected. Older sister eventually contacts their (more stable) father and plans to leave and live with him. Younger daughter worries about who will look after her mother if she goes too.

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