Madame Doubtfire, known as Alias Madame Doubtfire in the United States, is a English Children's Fiction Prize (shortlist); – Observer Teenage Fiction Prize (shortlist); – Whitbread Children's Book Award (shortlist). Madame Doubtfire book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Lydia, Christopher and Natalie are used to domestic turmoil. Thei. It's hard to think of "Madame Doubtfire" without getting visions of Robin Williams, and I suspect most people are unaware that the story of the father who poses as.

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Madame Doubtfire by bestselling author Anne Fine is a wonderfully funny, punchy story about family life. Lydia, Christopher and Natalie are. Madame Doubtfire by bestselling author Anne Fine is a wonderfully funny, Madame Doubtfire is reissued in 'A Puffin Book' series of Puffin. Daniel and Miranda Hilliard are divorced and have three children, but Daniel has a plan to be with his children. A modern story about a broken home that.

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Delete comment Cancel. Deleting comment This comment has been deleted. To me, it seems more important to drop the act and work together from there. The question, present also in Madame Doubtfire, is: to what extent to include the children in the planning and working, and how to explain things to them in a language that is psychologically accessible and unambiguous? Madame Doubtfire is a profoundly interesting book in that it delves deep into the parents' emotions—a rare quality in a children's book.

Meanwhile, the children are increasingly taking on the roles of parents in a, it almost seems, parentless household. While Madame Doubtfire smokes on the balcony, it is the kids who apply their domestic talent, clean the house and cook the meals.

Whatever the social context, the children act more mature than their age suggests: their tactfulness and social IQ seems to far exceed that of their parents. It is no mistake that the precise ages of the three children are never revealed. The pedagogic intent here strikes the adult reader as unnecessarily overt.

Madame Doubtfire is not a comedy, although its simplistic plotline might suggest howling laughter. The comical potential of Daniel, the father, disguised as a highly eccentric, vast and hairy cleaning lady is intentionally not developed to bloom. The sad undertone of the complex everyday of the Hilliard family remains throughout the episodes. None of the family members are where they stand voluntarily, and all of them obviously have a hard time coping with the family-internal turmoil.

However, one minor detail in the novel bothered me throughout as improbable.

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By the time the novel begins, Miranda and Daniel have been divorced for months years even , during which time the situation has grown more and more unbearable for all parties concerned.

Still, their problems and emotions would more aptly belong to the early phase of reacting to the circumstances than to what would be expected as a more "settled" and mature stage. I would see a 'Madame Doubtfire' scene taking place somewhere during the first few months immediately following the separation when the parents still haven't learned to control their bitterness and anger, and have trouble with fitting the children in their reconstruction of a new life.

The truly great quality in Anne Fine's books is their ability to speak the unspeakable for us and engage us in a fruitful internal debate, with all our objections and remarks. For this reason, also, I didn't find the book misogynistic. While the two previous books by Anne Fine I have read never managed to make a full impact on me, Madame Doubtfire surely succeeded in reaching the core of things.

My warmest recommendations, and thanks again for letting me read this! I've seen the movie, I didn't know there was a book.

I should have known though, so many books are made into movies.

Now I'll get to the source. This one was a clear example of that. I didn't feel much sympathy towards either of the parents. The mother was a cold workaholic and very martyr-like especially when she told Madame Doubtfire about the things her ex-husband had done.

Although, sometimes her anger was well justified. The father was irresponsible, messy and aggressive and his constant violent-type miming was both irritating and scary.It offers the promise of being really funny but instead it's just incredibly sad, as the children in the story are thrown around through their parents' messy divorce.

Try for free Already registered? Though written for children I would suggest that due to some of the arguably understandable destructive behaviour of the adults I found one or two incidents deeply shocking this is not suitable for less mature readers.

But then the children notice that he is their father and soon their mother knows it too The writer wants to say that you should enjoy every moment with your children.

When Anne Fine, 46, first dreamed up the story Madame Doubtfire, she had no idea that Madame Doubtfire's name and her story would be borrowed by Hollywood and turned into a box-office hit. Update newsletter preferences. Lib Dems. This of course is entirely realistic in the situation and I am not condemning Anne Fine for it at all, especially in light of this perhaps being more suitable for children older than Holly.

It ended with Dan reading and later reciting by memory a book and the kids and Daniel holding hands.

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