The Child Called It (Dave Pelzer #1)
This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games--games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother's games in order to sur...more
The stories of his life in this book contradict one another, are extremely over-the-top and, dare I say, fabricated some. Now, before anyone wants to crucify me, look at the facts:
His family members were interviewed and stated that this was pure fantasy. (I can concede...more
Actually, the person I got most angry with was the father. The mother was obviously sick and needed help. There's no other explanation for the awful things she subjected her son to. But what's the father's ex...more
David’s child abuse first started when he was only two and a half years old, and continued for ten years after that.David’s abuse came from his mother who once was a loving woman that cared for her children and was willing to do anything for them and her husband. Quickly all the good in his mother turned to bad.Da...more
'a child called it' is not very well written. you walk away with more questions than you do answers. you don't really learn anything. you do, however, come away with having read some very disturbing and disgusting passages that describe in detail a case of horrendous child abuse. i'm not exactly sure what...more
The writing was cliched...more
I came away from this book depressed. And I had several thoughts that kept running through my head. What was the point of this book? It almost seemed like a shrink told him to wr...more
By Dave Pelzer ISBN 1558743669
One very common issue that goes around in our world is child abuse, it happens everywhere and it is something that is horrible and cannot be stopped. Dave Pelzer, the author of the autobiographical book, A Child Called It, shows the very dark corners of child abuse by viewing to the readers his horrific life as a young boy living with his mother that constantly abused him.
Dave Pelzer, who lived with his unstable, disturbed, alcoh...more
I knew that this would be a traumatic read and subconsciously I have put off reading it. As it has been sitting on our bookshelves for a little over two years I decided I should not put it off for any longer.
It is very short and I read it in its entirety yesterday afternoon. Certainly not a book one reads for pleasure or relaxation. It is not a story just the horrendous facts of a little boys life from the ages of four to twelve. I squirmed in horror as I...more
I experienced this book in a fairly odd way, during a week-long cheerleading camp my sophomore year of high school. My coach was reading it and somehow ended up reading the entire book aloud to my squad during breaks and at night. Once she started, we were all addicted and spent every free moment listening with rapt and horrified attention.
Recommended by a friend in orchestra, this book is supposed to be "really really good".
I finished it in 3 hours because it was short and to the point. Yet I must say this book is extremely poorly written. It is structured in a sense similar to a pointless shopping list: so first my mother did this to me, then she did this, I was starving, afterwards she did this and I felt so terrible. Pelzer basically just described, no scratch that, he stated the unfortunate things that have happened to hi...more
Health Communications, Inc., 1993, 153 pp., $9.95
Have your parents ever abused you? In The Child Called "It", a true story that can bring tears to the eyes of anyone with a beating heart, Dave, the protagonist, is abused in the most horrifying ways possible. What kind of mother would want to hurt their own little child? David's mom's actions can prove that wrong.
"Once, I ate some leftover pork. Hours later I bent o...more
They had a really good life they went on vacations and had picnics.
He looked up to his dad and loved his mom very much. He use to been able to play with his brothers but his dad stared to not come home because of his job he had to stay there 24/7. So his mom started to take out her fr...more
A Child Called "It”: One Child's Courage to Survive...to Write a Craptastic Book.
Call me heartless, but I hated the book. Not because it was sad, because it obviously bullshit. I don't really see the point of writing this book, the only thing I can think of is publicizing his past child abuse... and the point of that is? Well to make money, he didn't attempt to write a book that's going to help anyone, he wrote it so people would feel bad for...more
David was only 7 when his mom started beating him as she pl...more
This book was a hard one to read yet I couldn't put it down. There's a different something in Dave's story that will keep different people reading. Mine was: Why? I wanted to know why his mother did this. I wanted to know what made her do it. I wanted to know how she could to it. And I wanted to know why it w...more
The person that i actually hated more that the mother in the book was David's father.How can you sit around watching a sick p...more
By: Dave Pelzer
The child called it wasa touching story written by Dave Pelzer telling about his childhood. His childhood was well i guess you could say a living "hell" His mother was constantly beating him for no reason. He never got any food ever, but on occasions he would get unwanted table scraps that even the dog didn't want, but because he never got any food he cherished the food and ate it like it would be his last meal for years to come. Dave had two brother that were h...more
A Child Called “It” portrayed the childhood life of Dave Pelzer, where he was severely abused by his own mother. The way it...more
Seriously, though. I'm enjoying this short little autobiography from a "glad it wasn't me" perspective. The only problem is I can't believe a book so poorly edited became a New York Times Bestseller. The man uses commas like they're going out of style and uses "everyday" instead of "every day." [Everyday i...more
I generally don't like books where people tell you how horrible their life was. Why would you willingly want to read about other people's misery? I at least don't get any satisfaction from it.
Misery and abuse can work in a story if it's well told and has something in it besides descriptions of torture. As far as I remember this was one of those that didn't have anything extra about it.
I don't really get why my teacher...more
"A Child Called 'It'" really is my favourite book. It's a book about a child's worst nightmare. What he goes through is something no child should go through.....
At the age of 12, Dave was removed from an abusive home and placed in a series of foster homes. In 1979, he joined the Air Force and later became an author of memoirs and self-improvement books.