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Covered from head to foot with glorious tattoos, Marigold is the brightest, most beautiful mother in the world. Dolphin would do anything for her. She just wishes her beautiful mum wouldn’t stay out partying all night, or forget to buy food and pay the bills, or go weird now and then. Dolphin’s big sister Star isn’t so sure anymore. She loves Marigold too, but sometimes she just can’t help wishing things were more normal. And when Mum starts to fall apart, what should Dolphin do? Is her illustrated mum still in the picture?

  • A touching and heartbreaking tale of family troubles
  • Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2000
  • Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and Whitbread Prize
  • Explores topical themes of mental illness and child carers

Product Details






Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)

Date published

March 1st, 2007

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.0; Upper years; 9.0 points

Other details
  • 224 pages


UK edition


Jacqueline Wilson

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Nick Sharratt

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  1. Bellasara 113282

    on 23 March 2018

    The way Jacqueline Wilson has written this book is amazing! It is such a touching read!

    5out of 5
  2. Pearl 113298

    on 6 September 2016

    This book is so good!

    5out of 5
  3. Storm 113293

    on 9 March 2014

    A good book for older readers, people who dont mind a twist and a turn sometimes

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    on 9 March 2014

    This book is really wierd but i still liked it.

  5. Abigail 113288

    on 8 March 2014

    Dolphin would do anything for her mum but she just wishes she could look after her and her sister,Star more or at least HERSELF! None of them are sure they could keep this up anymore and Marigold is falling apart!

    5out of 5
  6. 39c logo fullcolor 113549

    on 8 March 2014

    Very intriguing and touching

  7. Default avatar

    on 8 March 2014

    its good

  8. Avatar owl 761790

    on 5 March 2014

    This book is great for people who believe in happy endings.

    This book has lots of ups and downs.

    It was a lot of fu to read

    4out of 5
  9. Avatar owl 761790

    on 8 March 2013

    i am reading it but love it so far

    5out of 5
  10. Bellasara 113282

    on 8 March 2013

    A good book, probably for older readers.

    5out of 5
  11. Avatar owl 761790

    on 8 March 2013

    I really loved this book.

  12. Petula 113689

    on 8 March 2013

    Really Good!

  13. Pearl 113298

    on 7 March 2013

    really good book! i love jacqueline wilson a lot! she is one of my favourite authors. this book 6/5! it is sad in places but i love it ever so

  14. Avatar owl 761790

    on 7 March 2013

    its a good book

  15. Avatar bat 761713

    on 6 March 2013

    Another good read from jacky!!

    5out of 5
  16. Gruffalo 113679

    on 5 March 2013

    JW’s knack for writting good books for kids shines here, bit sad, but enjoyable

    4out of 5
  17. Jane blonde 113694

    on 4 March 2013

    this book was ok

  18. Avatar lion 761782

    on 4 March 2013

    This is a great book on the troubles of having a mum who is a big kid at heart it really tugs at your heart strings and makes you feel for the characters and what they go through to try and be happy. highly recommended

  19. Hayley 113303

    on 4 March 2013

    I enjoyed this book up untill star left dolphin I thought that was mean and horrible of her .I was glad when dolphin found her dad but was still a little bit upset because of what happend to her mum

  20. Storm 113293

    on 29 August 2012

    Although I may have read this a while ago, it was still an amazing story.

  21. Default avatar

    on 6 March 2012

    I loved this book so much!

  22. Evie 113313

    on 2 March 2012

    a lovely book

  23. Default avatar

    on 2 March 2012

    Sooo good and sooooo realistic

    3out of 5
  24. Stargirl 113407

    on 1 March 2012

    Dolphin’s mum is covered in tattoos, but she slowly begins to fall apart, but can dolphin and her sister build Marigold back up?

  25. Avatar cat 761729

    on 1 March 2012


  26. Evie 113313

    on 1 March 2012

    a faboulas book about a mad mom who has 2 daughters star and dolphin, they are very poor but wil lthey be able to survive?

    5out of 5
  27. Bellasara 113282

    on 11 November 2011

    Hmm, it was okay, not to keen on the story but yet, Jaqueline Wilson is a good writer :D

    3out of 5
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    on 2 November 2011

    i am a big fan of Jaqueline Wilson. I love all her books;however, this book was actually quite touching a down to earth, its about 2 sisters living a life of looking after their crazy mum. her mum acts like a 16 year old, full of tatoos and peircings and a 100000 crazy boyfreinds….

    i recommend this to girls from 10+. for girls who like to read about real life touching stories.

    5out of 5
  29. Love stargirl 113412

    on 13 August 2011

    Sad at times, but it gets better. It’s like a real-life situation, and shows you how Dolphin really feels. I’m glad she has Olly as a friend.

    4out of 5
  30. Goldie 113308

    on 3 March 2011

    Loved this book but found it very sad. It made me think of a friend of mine whose family was very similar to this one. Brilliant story by a brilliant author.

    5out of 5
  31. Default avatar

    on 3 March 2011

    Very long book!

    5out of 5
  32. Evie 113313

    on 3 March 2011

    This book is amazing! I love the author Jacqueline Wilson! She writes great books! I love the way the book ends!

    5out of 5