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The Trouble with Mummies
About the book
WARNING: contains dangerous dressing-up, mild historical violence and prolonged scary humour.
'Hi Sam,' he says. 'Shoes off in my presence.'
Marcus rolls his eyes at me and points at his bare feet, so I take off my shoes and socks.
'Hi Dad,' I say, going upstairs to my bedroom. I close the door and lean against the inside, trying not to panic, but even my room's changed.
Where my pillow and my rocket ship duvet should be, is half a wooden salad bowl, and nothing else. The sheet and the mattress have gone too.
'Sam, my revered second son,' says Mum, stepping into the bedroom, clutching a large mug and a carrier bag.
'Mum, where's everything gone? Where's my pillow?'
'Pillow?' She looks at me oddly. 'You mean the filthy bag of feathers?' She pulls a sheet of blue sacking from the carrier bag and lays it on the bed.
I wouldn't have called my pillow filthy, but she's probably right. If you looked under a microscope, there's probably a universe of bugs living in there. Nothing compared to Marcus's though. 'Yes?'
She points at the wooden bowl. 'This, oh my revered son, is a head rest. Much cleaner. And more in keeping.'
'In keeping with what?' I say. But Mum's already heading out of the room, leaving a burning oil lamp on the floor as she goes.
Letter from the editor
Sara O'Connor, Editorial Director
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