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Cette année, Miranda Hilliard a besoin de quelqu'un pour s'occuper de ses trois enfants, Lydia, Christopher et Natalie, et de la maison.
Pourquoi pas moi ? propose Daniel, son ex-mari, un acteur au chômage. Pas question, réplique Miranda. Elle veut une personne de confiance, quelqu'un de solide, avec des principes et sans aucune fantaisie. Tout le contraire, pense-t-elle, d
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Paperback, 250 pages
Published January 21st 1994 by Ecole des Loisirs (first published 1987)
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Sandy
Oct 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saw-movie-tv, 2010
I saw the movie so many times that I lost count. I love it, it is so funny.

That being said, I don't like the book very much. It's not funny at all. I really don't know about divorce at all. In this book, it is horrible. The parents are always fighting with each other and verbally bashing each other (seperately) in front of the kids. The father, Daniel, was always pretending to act out killing the mother, Miranda, in various ways. Sometimes in front of the children.

The author never specifies the
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Nusrat Mahmood
The book is good but the movie is better!

I mean being a bookworm it does not mean you stick to the idea that the book shall always better than the movie.

moreover, there was Robin Williams in it!


and you know how perfectly he pulls of Danielle there....


who does not like a movie RW in it? duh!


oh ! okay sorry! it's a book review not a movie! But ROBIN WILLIAMS man! <3
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Himanshu Karmacharya
It is a rare ocassion when a movie surpasses its source material, but such is the case here.

The book mainly focuses on how divorces affect the children. The book tries to be fun at times, but the characters are so toxic that it takes the fun away.

If you are trying to choose between the book or the movie, I suggest that the movie is the perfect option.
Nicky
I don't think I would have enjoyed Madame Doubtfire even as a kid. The emotionally fraught parts of it probably wouldn't have bothered me -- the family torn apart by divorce, etc, though it would bother some children -- but I would have been too embarrassed by the whole charade for words, and that's how I feel now, as an adult.

It's an attempt at realism, really -- despite the rather whacky concept. It deals with things the children might really think and feel, and with problems parents might wel
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Chris
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of the Movie
I didn't know there was a book that inspired the movie until I watched the special features of Mrs. Doubtfire on DVD. I went out and got the book right away and started reading it. The chapters are long but you wouldn't know that from reading this book. The story flows so eloquently that it's hard to put it down.

The story of Miranda and Daniel are one that many children today, more so than ever, have to deal with because of the divorce of their parents. What made this story so special was the wr
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Lisa
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
A 3 star rating to me is somewhere between a 5.5 and 7 on a 10 point scale.

The movie ruined the book for me. It is one of my favourites and I can watch it over and over again. Robin Williams is brilliant and so this the movie's added feature of Dan being a voice actor. I think that gave the story a lot more depth.

The book was missing that depth. And the fact that the children (view spoiler)
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Anna
Oct 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like 2.5 Stars. This was probably the harshest (not to say it wasn't fairly well-written), most depressing kid's book I've read. A realistic and extremely uncomfortable portrayal of the effects of a nasty divorce/aftermath on the children being yanked in both directions. That said, I'll stick with the movie from now on. ...more
Phylicia
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think it was...eh...not as good as the movie. Then again, they never are.

Daniel lied saying he had a job as a nude model
Gloria's (neighbor) name in the movie is Mrs. Hooper in the book
Miranda has red hair (37)
Chapter 3, everyone fears Miranda
Miranda worked at Hillard's lighting Emporium, while in the movie, Miranda was an interior decorator
Natalie opened the door for Madame D (58) when they first met, not Miranda
Madame Doubtfire/Dan tapped Natalie on the butt
Natty knows Madame D is Daniel. She
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Mariam Abood
I am sadly currently writing this review in the wake of Robin Williams' death. Williams was a truly marvellous actor and comedian, and I feel Hollywood, as well as the world, has lost a true gem tonight.

I'm not going to lie, I remember being incredibly confused reading this when I was a kid. I adored the movie, so when I heard it had been inspired by this book, obviously I decided to read this book immediately. The problem was, the movie wasn't exactly faithful to the book, and I remember being
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Lavinia
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 8-10 year-olds
Natalie, Lydia, and Christopher Hilliard are torn apart from happy, family life by their parents' divorce. Miranda and Daniel have a habit of being childish and spiteful; they have not grown up from toddlers, and they fire useless arguments at each other that only make their children cry and get angry. Eventually, Daniel, sick and tired of only getting the odd weekend with his children, overhears Miranda saying that she needs a cross between a "babysitter", a "housekeeper", and a "nanny". Daniel ...more
Tanvi
Jun 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick, fun read. A crocin-induced sleep kept me from reading last night. But when I woke up in the middle of the night, restless and exhausted, there was nothing else to do except read and wait for morning. And so I finished this book in one sitting of a little over 3 hours.
It's really easy to read, funny and interesting in the way it deals with the topic of marriage and divorce and what that means to the kids and how it affects them.
I liked the book, loved the movie - it was good t
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Felicity Terry
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The inspiration behind the film Mrs Doubtfire starring Robin Williams, though fundamentally the same, without saying too much, I found this to be much deeper and, a contradiction in terms I know, both darker and yet on occasion more frothy.

Predominantly the story of a fathers struggle to see more of his children after divorce, whilst undoubtedly funny Madame Doubtfire concentrates less on the cross-dressing antics of the film and instead deals with some very real issues in a way that is both sen
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Terri
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book the movie is based on....I really liked the start of the book, the characters come out, but then you wonder if you like the parents...the kids have to been grown-up because the parents are acting childishly...the writing was good and kept me interested to the end. It was a kind of humorous book about a serious subject, kids caught in the middle of an acrimonious divorce. But the ending, well, I thought the author just took the easy way out to end the book. Yes, it's a good, proper, endi ...more
Sanara♥
The book was annoying to read at times, but that being said, it wasn't that terrible either. However the movie adaptation was way way better than this book.

More than anything, it bothered me how Miranda couldn't recognise Daniel when he was disguised as Mrs Doubtfire. Even his children recognised him instantly and the disguise wasn't even good in the first place..so it seems really absurd that his ex-wife didn't notice.
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Elizabeth
I remember reading this book as a kid and being very very confused when the movie Mrs. Doubtfire came out. "But it's Mme. Doubtfire," I kept protesting. It's funny how little things like that are very important when you are young. ...more
Gerasimos Reads
Aug 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Very enjoyable and fun book, but not as good as the movie with Robin Williams.
Alina
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the story behind this book! And it teach us so many valuable lessons!
Diana
Jun 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the rare occasions where the movie outshines the book by far.
Allyssa Bloomfield
Not what i expected but a good story. Its not common to say that the movie is better but i prefer it.
Jeff Mayo
I had no idea the movie "Mrs. Doubtfire" was based on this young adult novel until I saw this at a used book sale. The movie is much better than the book and expands on what happens here. The basics are the same. An out of work actor is limited on the amount of time he can spend with his children because his successful ex-wife finds him to be irresponsible. He dresses as an older woman and gets hired as the nanny to his three children. The two older children recognize him but play along. The you ...more
Gem
I couldn't help but picturing Robin Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire and Sally Fields as Miranda.

I was a bit disappointed in how venomous the adult in this book were. Granted I haven't seen the move in over 20 years but if I recall the characters were a bit softer around the edges. I wouldn't recommend this book for children but teens/young adults it would be fine. While it did have a happy ending this book should be read by everyone has children and is divorced as what not to do.
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Audrey
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting a fun romp like the film...instead I got a young adult novel with the somewhat realistic aftermath of a bad divorce. There's so much imagined violence and a case of actual violence from the dad! There's so much hatred between the two parents, with each of them demonising the other in front of the children. Yet it is also a funny book... ...more
Chantal
What a boring book, next to that it was depressing. I thought it would have been more funny and like the movie, it was not. Also the book is written all weird.

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Mike
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superior to the movie in every respect. Wittier, and more honest about the difficulties the family faces.
R
Mar 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pages Read: 52/199

I've never seen the movie, but I know it's supposed to be pretty funny and the book has been sitting on my self for a while, so I decided to give it a shot.

I have no idea who in the world this book is supposed to be for. It's certainly not something I'd ever give to a child. In the first 52 pages we see:

1. The father taking to his children about how much he hates the mother
2. The father pretending to strangle, shoot, and knife the mother while talking to his children
3. The moth
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Sharon
Jun 23, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Being a long-time fan of the movie version starring Robin Williams since I saw it in the cinema as a child, I have had this on my TBR for a long time. It's a relatively short read, under 200 pages - but they are 200 pages of misery.

The story, we all know - Daniel and Miranda Hilliard are recently divorced, and pretty much hate each others guts. Instead of allowing Daniel to spend time with the children after school, Miranda places an ad looking for a housekeeper/babysitter. Daniel changes a numb
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Ava N
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Madame Doubtfire, the book....I really didn't like at all.
Madame Doubtfire is about a set of divorced parents with their kids, always being verbally aggressive and horrible to each other.

Before I read this book, due to both the front cover and the movie, I thought it was going to be very funny. With lots of pranks and jokes, I thought it would be pretty lighthearted. But NO, even the first chapter was dark, seriously! (view spoiler)
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Mackenzie
Jul 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Adrianne
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: midgrade
I wonder if I would have felt differently about this book if I'd read it before seeing the film, but perhaps not. I've lost count of how many times I've seen Robin Williams in the film version, and I was expecting more of the same from the book. Unfortunately, I felt as though I was reading a completely different story. I get that divorce can be a horrible situation for some, perhaps many, families, but the nastiness here was unrelenting. None of the characters were likeable. The film got across ...more
Laura McConnell
To use a rare phrase; The film was better!

I wanted to love this book since Mrs Doubtfire was one of my childhood favourites, but sadly it did not live up to my expectations.
The parents arguing and verbal abuse about each other is very hard to read, and most of the time it’s done in front of the children! Their relationship must have been so bad, that Miranda didn’t even recognise her ex in the basic disguise of a turban and orange make-up! The kids realised straight away!!
I just kept reading t
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