A Child Called “It” – Dave Pelzer

Review by Wanda

A child called it was brought to my attention due to a buyer that requested we find it for her. She went on holiday and I got curious as to what could possibly be in the book that would cause somebody to request it especially.

I am sad to say I found out. This poor boy suffered so much. Maybe not the worst case of child abuse I have heard of or had to deal with but a bad one nonetheless. I cannot believe the mother was never prosecuted. As I understand it she went on to abuse another son when David left. And the father. What on earth was wrong with the man? Take your children and run man. Do not give into your wife as to not incur her wrath because you want to keep the peace! She could have killed that poor boy so many times over but you simply carried on.

Not for the faint hearted but still an eye opener to all those who believe children can not be the target of violence and abuse from their own mother.


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A Child Called “It”

(Dave Pelzer #1)

Dave Pelzer (Goodreads Author)
 4.12  ·   Rating details ·  413,962 ratings  ·  17,262 reviews
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ACE #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 survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an “it.” Dave’s bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing or no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive—dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.
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Review by Hantie
I have listened to this book on the audible app. I do understand that it was very traumatic for this child to go through all that abuse, and I sympathize with Dave. However, …. and this is probably where my head is going to roll…. The book didn’t give a clear-cut story about the happenings. At some point I wondered if some of his own actions didn’t bring on the punishments. Although the punishments were extreme at some point, raising boys is a VERY difficult task. So given, the mother probably had post-partum depression, and her boys did suffer under it, how much of these punishments was not brought on by their own actions. THAT the book doesn’t say. THAT is why only two starts. Sorry Dave.