A Child Called 'It' is the story of a young boy who, in order to survive, must triumph over the physical, emotional, and medical abuse created by his mother. The misuses of alcohol play an important role in the neglect and abuse that Dave's mother inflicted on him. Alcohol also had an impact on Dave's father's ability to intervene on Dave's behalf. Dave considered the abuse he endured by his mother, 'games', and always tried to be one small step ahead of her.
The outside world does nothing to help out a small child suffering from various forms of abuse. The few people who took notice were David's teachers and the school nurse. Yet it took them a considerable amount of time to finally build up suspicion and finally report Dave's problems to the proper authorities. I find the unreported instances observed by the public to be just as substantial a crime as what the child abusers themselves did.
One of the things I enjoyed and always found myself grinning about was the spunk that Dave had. He was crafty enough to stall his mother's efforts of physical and emotional cruelty just long enough for his dad to arrive. Then he knew he would not receive the most severe option of the abuse. When his mother attempted to make him eat his brother's stool, he held his head away just long enough to get it taken away, at the last second, as his father drove up from work.
The games that his mother would make him play would turn deadly. He had to thank God that fortunately, she was a former nurse. For example, she told him that she was going to kill him, and played with a knife as if she was going to. The knife slipped out of...