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“Where do baby apes sleep? In apricots! I’m Elsa, and that’s one of my jokes…”

Elsa loves to tell jokes and clown about, but no one seems to laugh much any more – not since her family lost their lovely house, and ended up stuck in a dingy bed and breakfast hotel. Even in the horrible and very un-royal Royal Hotel, Elsa keeps busy cracking jokes and getting the other guests chuckling. But as things go from bad to worse, even Elsa finds it hard to keep smiling – until disaster strikes and she gets the chance to be a real star at last… Funny and moving, warm and wise, Elsa’s story will touch your heart.

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Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)

Date published

October 5th, 2006

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AR book level: 4.9; Middle years; 5.0 points

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  • 208 pages


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Jacqueline Wilson

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Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first “novel” when she was nine, filling countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. Since having her daughter, Emma, she has been writing full time.

Her insightful and emotionally challenging books not only stretch reading ability, but give young readers a glimpse into many kinds of lives. Smart girls, strong girls, bad girls, brave girls. Girls keeping their families going, girls trying to get away… Jacqueline Wilson’s written about them all! These powerful stories of plucky girls in difficult circumstances won’t fail to strike a chord.

She has written over 70 best-selling books, and several have even been adapted for TV – most famously The Story of Tracy Beaker. Her signing sessions attract huge crowds of fans and last for hours! Over 25 million copies of her books have now been sold in the UK alone.

In 2007 Jacky Daydream was published, an inspirational true story of how a shy schoolgirl became a superstar author. This was followed by My Secret Diary, a captivating account of Jacky’s teenage years.

In June 2002 Jacqueline was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools, and she was the Children’s Laureate from 2005-2007. She also became a Dame in December 2007.

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  1. Love stargirl 113412

    on 13 June 2015

    I just loved the book I think even though elsa has a tough time she always was trying to lighten the atmosphere with her jokes

    5out of 5
  2. Evie 113313

    on 26 February 2015

    I think Elsa is one of the cheeriest, kindest kids I’ve ever read about. She has a such tough time too. Her mom is sooo depressed since they moved into some gross bed & brreakfast dump and her stepdad is a bit of a scary nightmare. She tries cheering people up by telling these awfully corny jokes, but I LOVED THE JOKES!

    5out of 5
  3. Avatar robot 761806

    on 24 July 2014

    Unbelievable book! I would recommend it to eneybody who has a really good imagination.I liked the book because it is really like real life when u are reading it it is all described so well all Jacqueline Wilson’s books are about real life and that’s why her books are so good!

    5out of 5
  4. Bellasara 113282

    on 17 March 2014

    great book i loved it

    5out of 5
  5. Avatar owl 761790

    on 12 March 2014

    I am still reading this book But so far it is fantastic !!!!! Its a very humerous read .

  6. Witchdog thumb 22

    on 9 March 2014

    Absolutely hilarious. It is a very heart warming read!

  7. Storm 113293

    on 9 March 2014

    a very good book, Elsa is a funny kid and VERY enegetic!

  8. Default avatar

    on 9 March 2014

    This is a great book. I fully recommend this

  9. Abigail 113288

    on 8 March 2014

    Elsa loves joking around but nobody’s smiling anymore not until they lost their lovely house and came to live in a cringe Bed and Breakfast hotel. When a tragic event occurs it’s Elsa’s chance to be a real star…..

    4out of 5
  10. Default avatar

    on 8 March 2014

    its good

  11. Avatar owl 761790

    on 7 March 2014

    good book

  12. Avatar owl 761790

    on 7 March 2014

    I think Elsa’s jokes are really corny. But she is favourite character.

  13. Avatar owl 761790

    on 5 March 2014

    Elsa lived with her mum in a flat. Then her mum got married to Mack. Elsa has a step sister called Pippa and a step brotheer called Hank. Mack got a good job so they bought a new house. Then Mack lost his job so they got kicked out of their house. So they went to a bed and breakfast hotel. When they got to the hotel and rang the bell no one answered. Elsa found a door that said manager on it and looked in. She saw the manager kissing a ladie and the ladie went as pink as her jumper (which was very pink) Elsa and Pippa made friends with a girl in the toilets. Elsa’s room number was 608.

    5out of 5
  14. Fairy thumb 11

    on 24 January 2014

    This book was great I loved Elsa and Pippa.

    5out of 5
  15. Pearl 113298

    on 2 January 2014

    If was a very good book if you jacqueline Wilson it ws a bit boring at times but I would definitely recommend it.

    5out of 5
  16. Hayley 113303

    on 24 October 2013

    This book is really good I loooooovvvvvvveeeee it’s one of my favourite Jacqueline Wilson books

    5out of 5
  17. Hayley 113303

    on 20 June 2013

    This book is really funny and addictive I really admire Jacqueline Wilson for this book for creating brilliant characters this book is really touching.

    5out of 5
  18. Bellasara 113282

    on 8 March 2013

    A really funny book, packed full of Elsa’s jokes!

    5out of 5
  19. Petula 113689

    on 8 March 2013

    Really Good!

  20. Clarice thumb 136

    on 5 March 2013

    this is one of the most tearful ad heart warming stories i have ever read!

    i 1000% rate this 5 stars and 1000000% recomend this!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  21. Default avatar

    on 5 March 2013

    like it

    4out of 5
  22. Stargirl 113407

    on 5 March 2013

    i have not finished reading it but it is so good.

    5out of 5
  23. Avatar lion 761782

    on 4 March 2013

    A great story that makes you laugh with all the jokes! a great read :)

  24. Default avatar

    on 14 February 2013

    fantastic book!!!

    WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  25. Default avatar

    on 4 September 2012

    this book is really good i love the character elsa and her funny and cheesy jokes deffonatly read again 4 stars out of 5 *

    4out of 5
  26. Avatar owl 761790

    on 30 June 2012

    This is a really good book and i would recomend it to all those jack wilson lovers

    5out of 5
  27. Avatar owl 761790

    on 12 May 2012

    Cant wait to read this :) i have it ready ;)

  28. Clarice thumb 136

    on 3 March 2012

    Like all of Jacqueline Wilsons books, I really loved this book. However, there was something different about the bed and breakfast star. Right from the get go, Ireally warmed to Elsa, not because she was hard done by, or because I could relate to her, but because the humour that radiated from her character really made her lovable. And I just loved the ending, it was something really positive. :)

  29. Avatar cat 761729

    on 2 March 2012

    so funny first jaquiline wilson book i read.

  30. Stargirl 113407

    on 1 March 2012

    Great characters + great plot = great book!

  31. Default avatar

    on 1 March 2012

    it is a great story. living in a bed and breakfast hotel is a funny girl who cracks jokes and fights bullies. very cool.

  32. Avatar owl 761790

    on 15 September 2011

    “Where do baby apes sleep? In apricots! I’m Elsa, and that’s one of my jokes…”

    Elsa loves to tell jokes and clown about, but no one seems to laugh much any more – not since her family lost their lovely house, and ended up stuck in a dingy bed and breakfast hotel. Even in the horrible and very un-royal Royal Hotel, Elsa keeps busy cracking jokes and getting the other guests chuckling. But as things go from bad to worse, even Elsa finds it hard to keep smiling – until disaster strikes and she gets the chance to be a real star at last… Funny and moving, warm and wise, Elsa’s story will touch your heart.

    I have read the Bed and Breakfast Star twice. The second time i read it, it seemed even better! I read it in less then a day, non-stop.

    My Favourite Part; At the end when she is on TV.

    Score Out Of Ten; 9 1/2.

    I would recomend it to; Anyone of all ages.

    I like this book because its funnny, emotional and a tale about family trouble.

    Its about a girl called Elsa. Her mum’s boyfriend can’t find any work and eventually they have to move into a Bed and Breakfast hotel. Its called The Royal Hotel, except its not. When they arrive, the sign says it all ‘T e o a o e’. Elsa manages to have fun, and she meets some new friends including Book-Worm Naomi. She scives’ school, but then realises that she should give it a chance. Elsa can only dream of being a comedian on TV, but when a fire strikes, it is her once in a life chance?...

    Thanks for reading my review, i hope i encouraged you to buy the book.

    5out of 5
  33. Avatar cleopatra 761742

    on 17 July 2011

    This book is heartbreaking, touching and even has a little humour in it. It has a lot of reality and I could not put the ook down! Read it!

  34. Love stargirl 113412

    on 17 May 2011

    I read this book, its awesome i love it, i enjoy reading her silly jokes and reading about her being smacked

    5out of 5
  35. Goldie 113308

    on 3 March 2011

    very good fantastic book to read1

  36. Goldie 113308

    on 3 March 2011

    I absolutely love the author Jacquline Wilson she is my altime favourite. I started this book 3 days ago and haven’t been able to put it down.The story is about a girl called Elsa who is a funny and lively character, always telling jokes. One day her family lose their home because her step dad loses his job and end up having to go and stay in a bed and breakfast. I like the part where Elsa becomes a heroine saving people when there is a fire in the B&B because the alarms didn’t work. Great book, one that i’ll definately read again.

    5out of 5
  37. Witchdog thumb 22

    on 2 March 2011

    This is my all time favourite and I love to read it time and time again

    5out of 5
  38. Jane blonde 113694

    on 1 March 2011

    I’d hate to live in a bed and breakfast hotel, it’ll smell. I feel sorry when Elsa loses her house and ends up living in a bed and breakfast hotel. 3 stars.

    3out of 5
  39. Petula 113689

    on 2 April 2010


    5out of 5
  40. Petula 113689

    on 20 February 2010

    I really enjoyed this terrific book, i have to admit it wasnt my favourite jacqueline Wilson book and i think she has written much better novels. However it was still very enjoyable and in some parts hilariously funny as she was such an excellent character :) x

    3out of 5
  41. Evie 113313

    on 17 October 2009

    This book is super!!!!!!!!So good ,in fact i read it in just 1 day!!!!!

    5out of 5
  42. Clarice thumb 136

    on 18 September 2009

    this book is so great that i have read it 5 times and every time i read it got better and better !!!!!!!!!

  43. Clarice thumb 136

    on 18 March 2009

    this is a great book because it is funny and sad at the same time.

    5out of 5
  44. Evie 113313

    on 5 November 2008

    I am enjoying it up till now!!!!!

    4out of 5