When Elsa’s stepfather loses his job, the family become homeless and are forced to move into the seedy Royal Hotel, where Elsa, her mum, stepdad Mack, little sister Pippa and baby Hank the Hunk are all crammed together in one room.
Everyone gets on each other’s nerves, and to try and make her family laugh, Elsa cracks endless jokes. She dreams of being a famous comedian when she is older, and appearing on TV. But when disaster strikes at the hotel, Elsa gets her chance to be a real star...
A lively story about a young girl with a hard life but high hopes, read by popular actress and comedian Josie Lawrence.
In this endearing story about a child who tells incessant jokes in a bid to one day become a star comedian, Jacqueline Wilson excels in writing in a witty, engaging style that entertains and captivates without being patronising. Funny whilst not being without its moments of seriousness, this story paints ordinary characters in extraordinary situations in a way that children can engage with.
Elsa dreams of one day becoming a comedienne, and practises her craft by telling jokes to whomever she can, whenever she can. It’s just as well that she can see the funny side of things, particularly when her step-dad loses his job and her family is forced to move into a dilapidated bed and breakfast hotel. The cramped quarters mean that everyone is always arguing, with her step-dad’s temper proving particularly troublesome for Elsa.
Despite growing increasingly unhappy with her situation, Elsa still makes time to help others wherever she can, and is still cracking jokes as often as possible to cheer people up. When an alarming event occurs at the hotel, Elsa becomes the hero of the hour, and as a result of her efforts finally gets her shot at being a star. Read by actress Josie Lawrence, this entertaining story is available to purchase either as a CD audiobook, or as a downloadable MP3 audiobook.