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Summary

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, 1995
Shortlisted for the Young Telegraph, 1995
Winner of the Fully Booked Award, 1995.

"Where do baby apes sleep? In apricots! I'm Elsa, and that's one of my jokes (I tell LOTS of jokes and I'm going to be a big star one day). I do my best to cheer my family up - but no one seems to laugh much any more. Not since we lost our lovely house and had to move into a bed and breakfast hotel."

When Elsa's stepfather loses his job, the family becomes homeless, and they 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...

Listen to our fascinating interview with Jacqueline Wilson on the Audible.co.uk Podcast.Click here to see all the titles in our Jacqueline Wilson collection.
©1994 Jacqueline Wilson (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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Great for bed!

This book is great for before going to sleep: it is a simple story and if you do listen to it before bed, it doesn't mater if you fall to sleep you wont miss much.

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  • 09-01-22

Good book

This is a really good book written by Jacqueline Wilson. It’s really funny and it has lots of jokes in it. The main girl is called Elsa and the book is about her stepdad,her mum, little sister Pippa and her baby brother Hank. It is a good book I recommend listening to it while doing some thing else. You should definitely read it

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Wow!!

Seriously - I don't give full marks lightly!


I'm an adult Jacqueline Wilson fan and LOVED this recording. Josie Lawrence is a genius with the narration, with so many different voices you could almost believe there is a whole cast reading it! A must have for all fans.

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Very good listen

I've read many books by Jacqueline Wilson, but this is the first time I listened to one. The narrator is fantastic!

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I can't begin to say how great it was!

I can not explain how good that book was! I would totally recommend this book for eight years and above. I hope you read it and really enjoy it!🤞❤😀

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Jacqueline is the best

Hi I want more bed and breakfast star book I love that book so match more please and more hetty father books please please reply back

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The Bed And Breakfast Star

I loved this book it was really good 👍
But I was listening to this in the night when I was in bed and when Elsa shouts fire! I had to turn it down so much because the narrator actually shouted! But good story 👍

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This book is great because even if you listen to it multiple times it still is so exciting.

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Read better

not as good as her other books in my opinion and my granddaughter thought the same

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Very good

It’s an interesting and funny story and it’s easy to listen to. I’d say it’s for 8 to 12 year olds. I like listening to it when I can’t fall asleep at night. The voice suits the story very well also. I recommend getting it!