Crummy Mummy and Me Paperback
by Anne Fine
'I don't think my mum's fit to be a parent, really I don't.' How would you feel if your mother had royal-blue hair and wore lavender fishnet tights?
But Minna's whole family (including her mum's punk boyfriend, Crusher Maggot) is a bit unusual.
Being the only sensible one is not easy for Minna...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 128 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 18/09/1989
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9780140328769
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Review by forestofthedead
There are 7 chapters in this book and each one feels like a short story. In the first one, we meet Minna and her little sister, their mother, and mother’s boyfriend. It’s obvious from the first page that Minna and her mum have reversed roles.; Minna is a teenager, but she’s the responsible one, she takes care of everything, including her mother. The mum often acts like a teenager, wears inappropriate clothes and her daughter has to tell her to get up in the morning.The second chapter is the weakest: their TV is stolen, the family has nothing else to do so they decide to take a ride and see a bit of nature. What follows is the most ridiculous and far-fetched resolution to a burglary EVER.Just when I thought the whole book was gonna be completely silly, it got much better. The stories became more believable: there are stray dogs, shitty cars, sick people, bad nurses and better nurses, huge houses and biological parents and zoo animals, there’s still silliness, but there’s also Minna realizing that regardless of how unusual her family is, when she REALLY needs them , they’re there for her. And does somebody’s hair color really matter all that much?The edition (Croatian) that I've read is illustrated. I have no idea if that’s true for every edition of this book. Hopefully not, because the illustrations are very messy and don’t add anything to the story.