Marge in Charge
by Isla Fisher

There are two literary avenues open for the A-list screen actor, if one discounts the inevitable celebrity memoir that is. One is high-profile audio­book narration (Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hiddleston and Rosamund Pike) and the other is the children’s story. Following in the star-studded footsteps of (among others) Madonna, Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen and Ricky Gervais comes Isla Fisher, star of Wedding Crashers and The Great Gatsby (and also Mrs Sacha Baron Cohen). Fisher’s contribution is Marge in Charge (it rhymes!), a trilogy of short stories starring a punky, matronly babysitter named Marge. In part one she pulls a Mrs Doubtfire and turns from old woman to babysitting machine, with a royal lineage no less. Every parental rule is smashed: guests for dinner, jumping on mummy’s bed. Order is restored eventually and the bedlam is a secret shared by Marge, Jemima and Jakey. The other tales (Marge at the Birthday Party and Marge at Large at School) offer more of the same with slightly diminishing returns: in one scene she falls in a pool with a tuba on her head. Nevertheless, Marge is a gently anarchic heroine, and a welcome addition to Hollywood bedtime stories.