Spoilers within! I think A Child Called It is a cautionary tale. A young boy living in suburbia with a mother who is social and appears loving to her children is not necessarily the first picture that comes to mind when we think of an abused child. Learning about the tell tale signs by reading this book is helpful to teachers, neighbors, and social workers who wonder about the care the children in their area are receiving. I think if a child is coming to school in tatters all the time that is certainly something to worry about! He suffers in silence for so long. No child should have to go through his experience. I'm surprised his father and his brothers either ignored or felt themselves helpless to his plight.
I have read this book several times because the author writes clearly and, in my opinion, honestly. But I agree that Mr. Pelzer could have told us more about the mother's backstory. However, I think that there's no good reason for her to have hurt her child so badly. I feel that she could have given him up in adoption rather than submit him to torture. Thankfully she didn't kill him before he was able to escape. I'm glad he was able to rise above his dark past and become a successful man in the world.
Dave Pelzer shares his unforgettable story of the many abuses he suffered at the hands of his alcoholic mother and the averted eyes of his neglectful father. Someone with no one to turn to, his dreams barely kept him alive. Through each of his struggles, readers will find themselves enduring his pain, comforting his loneliness and fighting for his will to survive. This compelling story will awaken you to the horrifying truth about child abuse -- and the ability we have to make a difference.