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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407045368
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

The Bed and Breakfast Star

A funny, touching and popular tale of life in a bed and breakfast hotel.

Where do baby apes sleep? In apricots!

I'm Elsa, and that's one of my jokes (I tell LOTS of jokes and I'm going to be a big star one day). I do my best to cheer my family up - but no one seems to laugh much any more. Not since we lost our lovely house and had to move into a bed and breakfast hotel . . .

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407045368
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

About the authors

Jacqueline Wilson

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

Nick Sharratt

Nick Sharratt has written and illustrated many books for children including Shark in the Park, You 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 Brighton.

Praise for The Bed and Breakfast Star

Funny and very moving.

Josie Lawrence, Daily Express

An unsentimental and truthful book that is even better for a strong sense of mischief

Independent on Sunday

The chatty style draws young readers straight into the story, and the constant stream of corny jokes masks, but does not conceal, the deeper issues

Daily Telegraph

Written with characteristic verve.... takes a humorous approach to a depressingly real situation

Junior Education

'Every stage of the story, every joke, every turn of phrase, has its accompanying image capturing the mood. Elsa's outpourings ought, one might think, to become tedious after fifty pages or so, but so high are her spirits, so accurate her matching of word and event, that 200 pages pass quickly. A remarkable performance. And the social message loses none of its punch from the unconventional method by which it is imparted' Junior Bookshelf, April 94

'Jacqueline Wilson has a rare talent for confronting a serious subject head on and managing to make it amusing... A highly entertaining read' Good Book Guide

'Spirited humour...the chatty, witty style is convincingly sustained through racy dialogue' Junior Education

This is an hilarious and at the same time exceptionally emotional story.


No. 18 in list of most borrowed children's fiction (Jul 2003 - Jun 2004)

North-West Evening Mail

Short review


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