An accurate, hilarious and deftly drawn portrait of “normal” family life
seen through the eyes of a seven year old narrator, who means well but in whose
steps disaster inevitably follows…
Meet the McLarens: There’s Maddie, our narrator, the 7 year
old ‘pocket rocket’ with no ‘off’ switch. Liz, her permanently exhausted mum,
who seems to spend her life in a state of permanent mortification or profound
apology for her daughter. Dad, Joe, with his ‘Northern banter’ and inability to
suffer fools lightly; big sister, Rachel, who at 21 sees her little sister as
both a source of shocked amusement and an audacious personality to be secretly
envied. And lastly big brother, Robbie, who at a hormonal nineteen years of age
has a love-hate relationship with his frustrating little sister who frequently
proves herself to be the bane of his life!
With an absorbing narrative and spiked with adult humour
throughout, we follow Maddie’s quest to get an Xbox for Christmas, as promised, but on one condition - she must
stay out of trouble for one whole
year. Unfortunately Maddison being Maddison has difficulty
staying out of trouble for one whole day! As frustrating as she is endearing,
Maddison will leave you either cheering her on in the aisles - or simply
wanting to throttle her!
Both parents and readers who delight in observational
comedies will enjoy this cleverly written and heart-warming story about a very
ordinary family who find themselves dealing with a gamut of crazy, embarrassing
and frustrating situations thanks to their seven-year-old.