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The World's Worst Mothers
by Sabine Ludwig Siobhan Parkinson

RRP €6.99

The World's Worst Mothers
by Author Name Sabine Ludwig, Siobhan Parkinson

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List Price:6.99
Format: Paperback, 198 x 129 x 18mm, 234 pppp
Publication date: 27 Jan 2012
Publisher: Little Island
ISBN-13: 9781908195197

Dubray Review

Sophie's little brother Patrick is a brat with a capital B, always getting Sophie into terrible trouble.  But all their mother sees is a little angel being persecuted by his big sister! Bruno is strictly forbidden to follow his passion for boxing.  His mother insists he practices the piano each day and has hung a picture of Mozart on his bedroom wall for inspiration. Emily is fed up with forever having to rescue her mother.  If her disorganised Mum hasn’t lost her wallet, then she has more than likely ran out of petrol.

Each of these three children enters a competition to find The World’s Worst Mother.  But the organisers – a toy factory owner and his deranged technician – have their own ulterior motives and the mothers disappear, to be replaced by friendly and efficient ‘Aunt Annas’. Is this a dream come true for the children or might it just be their worst nightmare?

I loved this brilliantly funny adventure/detective story by Sabine Ludwig, who is one of Germany’s most successful children’s authors.  Translated by Laureate na nÓg, Siobhán Parkinson, it is a must read for all the boys and girls who have ever considered trading in their mother for a better model. David Walliams fans: you’re in for a treat!

- Vivienne Luke, Rathmines

I really enjoyed the book The World’s Worst Mothers.  The book was very funny at times.  At other times the book really has your blood pumping.  In the story there are three children who have three of the world’s worst mothers.  One of the children is called Bruno, he wants to box but his mother wants him to play the piano.  Even though he’s rubbish at playing the piano.  Then there’s Sophie.  She’s misunderstood by her mother.  Her little brother, Nicolas, he keeps on putting dead animals in Sophie’s bed.  And we can’t forget Emily.  Emily’s mother is a scatter brain.  Emily is looking after her mother more than her mother is looking after her.  Then one day all three children see an advertisement.  The advertisement said World’s Worst Mothers wanted.  Go to www.worldsworstmothers.eek. Reading The World’s Worst Mothers was amazing.  I was really looking forward to reading The World’s Worst Mothers when I had finished my homework.

- Molly Raftery, age 11


When they hear about a competition to find the world's worst mother, Bruno and Sophie and Emily are all delighted to volunteer their annoying mothers. Their mothers duly disappear and are replaced by ideal 'Aunt Annas', who cook only the kids' favourite foods and never make them do their homework or tidy their rooms. But the children soon discover that there is something sinister about these 'Aunt Annas', and they set out to rescue their real mums from the clutches of a crazy toymaker on a remote island. A fishy tale of betrayal, intrigue and adventure on the high seas - and the dog gets shot!