The Bed and Breakfast Star

“Where do baby apes sleep? In apricots! I’m Elsa, and that’s one of my jokes…”

Elsa loves to tell jokes and clown about, but no one seems to laugh much any more – not since her family lost their lovely house, and ended up stuck in a dingy bed and breakfast hotel. Even in the horrible and very un-royal Royal Hotel, Elsa keeps busy cracking jokes and getting the other guests chuckling. But as things go from bad to worse, even Elsa finds it hard to keep smiling – until disaster strikes and she gets the chance to be a real star at last… Funny and moving, warm and wise, Elsa’s story will touch your heart.

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  • The jokes are so funny here is one of them hi I am Elsa you better like my name of Elsa’ll won’t be happy

    21 November 2019

  • loved it

    I just loved the book I think even though elsa has a tough time she always was trying to lighten the atmosphere with her jokes

    13 June 2015

  • loved it

    I think Elsa is one of the cheeriest, kindest kids I’ve ever read about. She has a such tough time too. Her mom is sooo depressed since they moved into some gross bed & brreakfast dump and her stepdad is a bit of a scary nightmare. She tries cheering people up by telling these awfully corny jokes, but I LOVED THE JOKES!

    26 February 2015

  • loved it

    Unbelievable book! I would recommend it to eneybody who has a really good imagination.I liked the book because it is really like real life when u are reading it it is all described so well all Jacqueline Wilson’s books are about real life and that’s why her books are so good!

    24 July 2014

  • loved it

    great book i loved it

    17 March 2014

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    Jacqueline Wilson

    Former Children’s Laureate Jacqueline Wilson is one of the UK’s best-known living children’s authors.


    Jacqueline has won loads of awards, including the prestigious Children’s Laureate 2005-2007, two British Book Awards Children’s Books of the Year for Girls in Tears and The Illustrated Mum, and the Guardian prize for The Illustrated Mum. In a poll to find the Nation’s Favourite Children’s Book Double Act was voted 10th and was the only contemporary title in the top ten.

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