This book report is based on the book A Child Called It, Written by Dave Pelzer. This paperback edition was published in 2000 by Orion Books Ltd, and is copyrighted 1995 by Dave Pelzer.
The book A Child Called It was written by Dave Pelzer. Dave Pelzer is famous for his books about his life The Lost Boy, A Man Named Dave, My story and A Child Called It. Dave has worked hard to overcome the obstacles of his childhood to become a better and productive person of society. He has proven to the world that no matter how horrible his childhood was he had the will to survive.
I found this book to be tear jerking, riveting, what the word needed to know and well written. I don’t believe that there is anyone who can read this book and not almost shed a tear. I know that the life style that he lead in one way or another happens to children in America, however not the same but horrible in different variations. In the book he went as far as to say “I imagined that the old drunk was going to fall flat on her face. I focused all of my attention on Mother’s face. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a blurred object fly from her hand. A sharp pain erupted from just above my stomach. I tried to remain standing, but my legs gave out, and my world turned black. As I gained consciousness, I felt a warm sensation flowing from my chest” (Pelzer, 2000, p. 87)
As one may expect, the majority of this book is taken up with the early years of Pelzer’s childhood. In Chapters two through seven talks about Pelzer’s life from age four to eleven years old. Chapter two talks about when times were good in the Pelzer home. He introduces you to the family his father Stephen Joseph a fireman in San Francisco, CA, his mother Catherine Roerva who was a stay at home mom, and his two younger brothers Ronald and Stan (this is before the last brother Russell was born). Throughout the book Dave refers to his brothers as boys who went along, or stayed out of his mother’s way...