My Mum Tracy Beaker: Now a major TV series
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I loved The Story of Tracy Beaker when I was a little girl (I’m now in my mid 30s), and this did not disappoint!
I would recommend to tracy beaker fans of all ages because it shows an insight into tracy as an adult. But yeah they always want to add a good deal more drama to the series adaptations, which makes sense of course, being a lot more conveyable on TV. Jacqueline Wilson’s award winning series documents Tracy’s hilarious everyday life, from standing up to bullies in the playground, to starring in the school Christmas play, to finding the perfect family. Then Tracy bumps into an old friend - an unfamiliar face for fans of the TV series, but Dare Game fans will recognise the name Football - who is now a recently retired professional footballer and whose relationship with Tracy will turn the Beaker girls' lives upside down. Tracey was depressed when they split up, as would be expected, but I kept waiting for Tracey, or Cam or Jess to point out that he was a seriously nasty piece of work and Tracey deserved to be treated like a human being by a partner.
Now a major TV series on CBBC and iPlayer 'An unbelievable talent' - David WalliamsJacqueline Wilson, most-loved author has sold 40 million copies of her books. Jess was such a wonderful character to read about, fiercely loyal to her mum, funny, shy and all round adorable.
I agree with you too about how I would've loved to have seen some of the characters from the series, but of course with it being adapted from the book this was not really possible to fit in. The ending was a little bit cobbled-together, but I can see it is mainly sequel building for 'We Are the Beaker Girls', a book I will definitely start soon. In many ways I enjoyed this book for its realistic depiction of Tracy; she had a troubled childhood and is a troubled person, and so I can well believe that she's had trouble in school, keeping a job and relationships. I'd been disappointed by Opal Plumstead, the last JW book I read, because despite implications that she was gay the main character skips off into the sunset-literally-with a boring bloke at the end. I think other than the original Tracy Beaker series, Jacqueline Wilson books always turn out darker when they're transferred to screen - I remember them making The Illustrated Mum years ago and it was so bleak!Jacqueline Wilson has a limited number of leading characters available to her imagination (I would not expect a lot of deviation from an author so prolific, so this honestly is not a criticism), so I knew Jess would either be loud and brash or a quiet bookworm. If they weren't following the book I feel like there would have been more cameos from fan-favourites (Duke, Mike, maybe Crash or Ben? Jess reads one of Cam's books, to distract herself, whilst Tracy argues with Marina as to why she will not publish her book.
For instance, the scene with their cat fight in the chippy just seemed really weird and of course embarrassing to happen between two grown up women in their 30s, with a 19 year feud at that! The cliffhangers at the end of each episode, the romance and the Justine/Tracy beef were all there in spades. At Books2Door, we believe that reading is a fundamental skill that every child should have to help improve their vocabulary, grammar, and critical thinking skills.
For example, Jess knows that that Tracy hates people to be late, or let her down, because of her experiences with her own mum. As well as winning many awards for her books, including the Children’s Book of the Year, Jacqueline is a former Children’s Laureate, and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame. We’ve re-named Puffin Virtually Live so that it’s easier for new teachers to discover it as part of Puffin Schools and to acknowledge that the show now premieres on show day, rather than being streamed live. It is so heart warming to read about their loving relationship when usually in Wilson's novels the children are in the mix of very volatile dysfunctional family's.
I'm Tracy Beaker, the Great Inventor of Extremely Outrageous Dares - and I dare YOU not to say this is the most brilliant story ever! We get to see a few familiar faces from the original show, most notably Cam, Tracey's mum Carly and of course, Justine Littlewood. I love Tracy because she is very funny at times but can also be a real spitfire and she is known for her tantrums!That was probably sensible, but if I hadn't read the source material I might have felt a bit deprived. I'd have said it was definetly less light-hearted and a lot more dramatised and dark in parts than the book, though I guess that is to be expected with TV. Despite her being hugely popular, I was so focused on finding every pony themed book I could get my hands on, that I was oblivious to her until about 11 or 12. It was brilliant to catch up with Tracy again and i love how the story is told from Tracy's daughters (Jess) viewpoint. But all Tracy really wants to know is if her film-star mum will make it back from Hollywood in time to watch her in her starring role.