Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Dear George Clooney Please Marry My Mom by Susin Nielsen

Publisher:  Tundra Books, 2010
Pages:  229
Genre:  Middle Grade Realistic Fiction
Source:  I won a copy from LibraryThing:  All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

I really enjoyed reading this book.  As a teacher I run across so many kids whose parents have split up and they all handle it differently. 
Violet and Rosie are the victims in this story.  Their father is a film director and their mother was a former hairstylist to the stars.  When dad decides to ditch mom for a new blonde bombshell he is also ditching his kids.  Five year old Rosie handles this by beginning to wet the bed at night and Violet just gets angry.  To make matters worse, when they visit at Christmas time her dad, step-mom and two-year old twins have moved into a beautiful house complete with pool.  Violet compares it to the run down place they live in back in Vancouver.  She is only there for twenty four hours when she and Rosie are sent back home.  Why?  She feeds her step-sisters cat poo.  At home Violet and Rosie are introduced to the newest in a line of loser boyfriends her mom has had. A guy with a loser name, Dudley Wiener.  Violet decides she has to find her mom a new husband and sets her eyes on George Clooney because her mother had at one time met him.

This was a fun book to read.  Some of the antics were hilarious.  The spying on mom's new boyfriend and the way he hung in there.  As a teacher and adult I was horrified to find myself siding with the girls when Rosie repeatedly bites a girl in daycare or when Violet has it out with "Thing One" at school.  However, the human side of me said these other people deserved it.  If you want to know what I am talking about you must pick up this book and read it.  I can't wait to recommend it to my students.  It is one of the funniest books with a heart I have read in a long time and can't wait to see what else this author puts out.

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