This was another ebook that I read on my Sony ereader. I was pleased by the end of this book that I’d paid barely half the price of a paper book. You’re probably thinking now that I hated this book, right? Well, no. It’s just that I got to the end and didn’t really see the point of it!
A Tiny Bit Marvellous is told from the first person narrative of Mo (the mother), Dora (17 going on 18 year old daughter) and Oscar (son, real name Peter). They are all moving on their own trajectory within the family, only meeting up (and arguing) where necessary. Mo is having a personal crisis but can’t turn to anyone. Dora is trying to make her own way, in between dodgy boyfriends, turncoat best friends and exams. Oscar wants to be a man in true Oscar Wilde fashion (including the clothes) and is experiencing his first real crush.
Perhaps the point of this book is that families work better together rather than as separate individuals. Dora regularly complains that Mo is never there for her, while her Dad lurks in the background (we don’t even find out his name until the end) helping out selflessly. Whatever it was, I did enjoy the ride.
Dawn French has created characters each with a very clear style of language. Oscar speaks like a classic (love to see her turn her hand to a Pride and Prejudice style romp!), Dora speaks like, whatever and Mo speaks, well, like my mother. The children will have you sniggering with their antics. The chapters are short and numerous, so you can quickly find out what’s been happening with your favourite character (for me it was Oscar). The recipes at the end I didn’t feel were necessary, but I wouldn’t mind having a go at the pineapple upside down cake.
A very good first effort that I enjoyed. It’s not roll around the floor funny, but it shows a real talent for written fiction.
7 out of 10.