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August Children's book of the month: Four Children and It - Jacqueline Wilson

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RachelMumsnet · 01/08/2012 10:25

We're really excited to announce our August children's book of the month is Jacqueline Wilson's Four Children and It, published by Puffin on 16th August.

Her latest book is a modern day tribute to her favourite childhood book, Five Children and It by E Nesbit. Brought up to date with four very modern children, Jacqueline was interested to see what children would wish for if the sand fairy existed today.

Jacqueline Wilson, needs no introduction to mumsnetters. She joined us back in 2009 for a live webchat. She's former Children's Laureate, the creator of Tracy Beaker, Hetty Feather and The Illustrated Mum and has written 93 novels, which have sold more than 30 million copies in the UK alone.

We have 50 free copies of Four Children and It to giveaway to Mumsnetters ahead of publication date. Apply for the free book any time until 10.30am Friday 3 August and we'll pick 50 winners and let you know if you're going to be receiving the book. If you do receive a copy please do post on this thread and let us know what you think.

We're delighted that Jacqueline will be answering your questions in a Q&A later this month. Send your questions to JW before the end of Friday 17 August and we'll be selecting 10 questions and sending them over to Jacqueline Wilson to answer. Her answers will be published and linked to from the discussion thread before the end of the month. If your question is answered you will receive a signed copy of Four Children and It.

OP posts:
FalseStartered · 01/08/2012 10:30

Hi Jacqueline

what's your opinion on the televised drama series of your Tracy Beaker stories?

ICantFindAFreeNickName · 01/08/2012 14:03

Hi Jacqueline

Like you my daughter has a December birthday and she wants to know how you felt as a child having a birthday so close to Christmas?

Hopezibah · 02/08/2012 20:57

Hi Jacqueline,

My son would like to ask you "what is the best thing about being Jacqueline Wilson?"

Hopezibah · 02/08/2012 20:59

Hi Jacqueline,

My other son wants to know "what is the best advice you can give to someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?"

Hopezibah · 02/08/2012 21:02

sorry - me again - I have a question from me this time (not to be outdone by my two sons you see!)

I would love to know "who has been the biggest inspiration in your life in the past and currently too and why?"

thank you! x

aaaaagh · 02/08/2012 22:06

Hello Jaqueline, I have 10 year old twin daughters, Grace and Bella. Grace particularly is devouring your books at the moment faster than I can supply them. Last year she went through a period when she became terrified of her friends and family dying - her cousins baby had just died. She picked up and read Cat Mummy, then read it again and again. (7 times). She no longer has panic attacks now. I just wanted to thank you for writing that particular book - it really comforted her at a dark time. Now for our question! Which of your characters would you say was most like yourself? (Aside from the autobiographical ones!) Have you done any of the naughty things yourself that any of them have got up to?
Thank you. x

aaaaagh · 02/08/2012 22:09

Could you write a story about me, please? You are the best writer in the history of the world. I love all your stories. Love from Grace (age 10).

tabulahrasa · 03/08/2012 00:38


My DD wants to know, which of your books do you like best?

grannyperv · 03/08/2012 11:17

Hi Jaqueline
Where did you get the idea for 'The Bed and Breakfast Girl'.
And also why do you always seem to make the stepdads in your books be horrible to the children.
Thank you from Emma (age 11) x

DumSpiroSpero · 03/08/2012 15:34

My (almost) 8 year old daughter and I have just finished 'Little Darlings' and loved it (especially 'Tigermaaaan!'), but want to know what happened next! Do have any plans to write a sequel?

OhDoAdmitMrsDeVere · 04/08/2012 17:17

Hello Jaqueline,
Firstly I would like to thank you very much for the post card you sent to my DD when she was I'll with leukaemia. She carried around in her notes and was very proud. We were coming to see you at a book signing in wood green but sadly she was too sick. She loved your books and I have kept them all since we lost her in 2006.

My question is this :would you please, please consider writing a book about young teens with cancer? You have tackled so any tricky subjects and I think you would be perfect for this. I can just imagine you writing it and te way it would inform and comfort children living with or alongside childhood cancer.
I even have the name of the lead character if you should need it :)

gazzalw · 06/08/2012 08:30

Hi Jacqueline

A question in two parts from adults and children in this household:

Know you are a SW London dweller and my son would like to know if you have used any of your SWL knowledge in any of your novels (afraid as a boy he hasn't read any of them but loves Tracy Beaker)? If not, do you have any plans to do so in the future?

Our daugher, six, is just starting to enjoy your books aimed at younger girls. Know that she will 'sorted' reading, contemporary fiction-wise, for years to come with your wide-ranging novels. Have you ever considered writing a novel aimed specifically at boys?

aristocat · 07/08/2012 09:29

Hello Jacqueline, my DD (8yo) is another who loves your books. She has said that it is too difficult to choose a favourite because there are so many good ones especially Double Act and Lizzy Zipmouth Smile

My DDs question is - What was your favourite lesson at school?

TheOriginalSteamingNit · 07/08/2012 09:36

I adored the JW books which were around when I was a teenager: Waiting for the Sky to Fall, Amber, Coral, The Other side.... Full of bookish, awkward heroines I could relate to, with complex and ambiguous endings.

Why the change? Grace in Love Letters, for example, seems like a distillation of Katherine in WFTSTF and May in (can't remember the title: girl in love with teacher with malign best friend), but without the complexity of either: prettied-up and with a deus ex machina conclusion. I miss the challenging nature of your earlier work.

PomBearWithAnOFRS · 07/08/2012 13:41

Hi Jacqueline - I'd like to know where/how you came to work with Nick Sharratt as the illustrator for all your books. Was it your decision or was it down to the publisher? (Have you actually met each other even? and how far in advance does he get to read the book before publication?) How much input do you get into the design and illustration of your work when it's published?

DeWe · 09/08/2012 19:32

Hi Jacqueline,
My dd2, age 8yo, was born missing her left hand. She would love you to be able to put a character in your books that is missing her hand. If you wanted to talk to her about how it feels, what she can/can't do, then she would be happy to answer your questions.
She would like to tell you that she loves your books and her favourite book is Little Darlings because she likes the way that Destiny and Sunset are pen friends.

LIZS · 10/08/2012 10:59

Received our copy this morning, thank you - dd (10) is delighted to add it to her collection and will get reading !

MoaningMingeWhingesAgain · 10/08/2012 13:52

Just received a copy here too Grin

Timeformeplease · 10/08/2012 17:42

We got a copy too! DD is over the moon to get it early and she is trying to read it before we see you at the Edinburgh Book Festival tomorrow!

lovelyrara · 11/08/2012 10:47

Received the book yesterday while my DGD was visiting. She is very, very pleased. Thank you.

tabulahrasa · 14/08/2012 14:02

DD finished it yesterday...

She really liked it (to be fair she's a massive fan anyway) she kept stopping to tell me bits of it, lol, she really liked the crossover with five children and it and the idea of a book you'd read 'coming to life'.

She's a bit worried that her friend who she'd usually lend it to won't 'get' a lot of it because she hasn't read five children and it and was considering telling her to read that first, but did concede that it might still be good in its own right when pushed on it. She also wasn't very happy about the Siamese kitten having a mushroom brown face as 'surely that would be a chocolate point?' I think that's a fairly minor issue though, rofl,

So in short...

She loved the premise, really enjoyed it and is keen to share it.

quostar · 15/08/2012 13:52

To Jaqueline,
If you could be a character from any of the books you have written, which one would you choose to be?

ShadeMumsnet · 18/08/2012 14:03

Thank you for posting your questions. We've picked 10 and sent them over for Jacqueline Wilson to answer. We'll link to the answers before the end of the month.

julker · 19/08/2012 21:40

Hi Jacqueline,

I love reading because it takes me away from my pain, my question is: Do you still manage to enjoy reading or does it feel sort of like work? If you do, which genre of books do you enjoy?

julker · 19/08/2012 21:41

:( Just seen the last message, because of the problem signing up and having to contact the site, I have missed the deadline :( gutted

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