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Pernilla oder Wie die Beatles meine viel zu große Familie retteten

(Pernilla or How the Beatles saved my way-too-big family)

Schlichtmann, Silke (text)
Göhlich, Susanne (illus.)
München: Hanser, 2015. – 227 p.
ISBN 978-3-446-24747-5

Family  | Siblings  | Everyday life  | Chaos  | Music

Reading age: 6+

White Ravens issue: 2015


The fourth sibling is about to arrive, and due to a teacher’s thoughtless comment, seven-year-old Pernilla thinks that her family will never be invited again once number four is there: No one would ever volunteer to host a family with four children. Child number four thus means social stigma, which is to be avoided at all costs. Because Pernilla cannot stand the thought of spending the rest of her family life cooped up at home, she devises a plan with her two brothers – a plan in which the music of the “mushroom heads” plays a decisive role. Ingenious Pernilla tells of clever ideas, strategically sound plans, and unanticipated incidents, which call for a great deal of improvisation. Silke Schlichtmann certainly stirs up a riot in her entertaining debut novel!