We are big readers in our house! I was always a book loving child, and at the moment, the smallest child is obsessed with books (or ‘bops,’ as he calls them.) Both children have had bedtime stories every night from just a few months old.
I was so pleased to be asked to review a new book from authors and illustrators Morty Sey, and Scott Chegg. There’s only so many times you can get through the boxset of ‘That’s Not My …Biscuit/Grape/Toenail/Sanity (delete as appropriate,) before the need to mix it up a bit arises! The book, entitled ‘Mum,’ covers something I have coming my way very soon-the horror of the school run…!
It was a lovely touch that the authors had signed the book, and written a sweet little message for the boys, just inside the cover.
The first thing I noticed about the book was that the pictures are quite abstract, and a lot different to the usual type of pictures in the books we normally have at home. However, the pictures were a huge source of amusement and discussion for the children, and they especially loved this one, and enjoyed likening my hair to this mum in the book (clearly they are misktaken…!) There is also a lot of block, bright colouring, which I think appeals to children.
There are also funny, tongue in cheek pictures that appeal to the sense of humour of the parents reading the story!
The story is also written in rhyme-which I think must be a favourite of all children, it seems to help them pick up the words easily, and the sing-song way you end up reading the story seems to keep them really engaged (or amused, which ever way, rhyming stories are always a hit in our house!)
The story isn’t your average children’s story either-there are no fairytales and happy endings here! This is a comedic look at the frazzled mum, trying to do her best on the school run-I liked this mum because I could really relate to the struggles! (Although I really do hope my hair looks better than hers…!) and any story about a mum keeping it real, is a winner for me!
As for the boys, the abstract pictures and chance to ask questions about ‘glaring,’ ‘stress,’ and ‘filling a nappy,’ and other matters that I have to contend with on a daily basis, have proved a hit-they ask for the book every time they see it…!
You can currently buy ‘Mum’ on Amazon priced at £6.99.
I was sent this book for free, in return for an honest review. All opinions remain my own, (and those of my children!)