Mum’s the Word

Mothers’ day is doubly special in this house because, well, there are two of us! So when these books popped through the letterbox I was very smiley indeed!

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Mum’s the Word by Timothy Knapman and Jamie Littler is delicious! It celebrates the relationship between mother and child through the play of a puppy trying to remember the word ‘mum’. Told from the puppy’s point of view in lively rhyme, the book explores how a mum makes a child feel and the special things they share together.

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The illustrations are gorgeous and full of energy and movement. I love that this book hasn’t gone down the soppy hugs route for Mothers’ day but instead really reflects a child’s joy. Everything comes together – the pace of the text, the spot-on vocabulary choice, the design, the use of medium and the expression in the illustrations all work to create a real sense of the child. The first person narrative and the fact that the puppy isn’t given a gender throughout the book* allows children to read themselves in to the story. In fact, this book is crying out to be read out loud by a child – imagine what that would be like as a mothers’ day present!

A beautiful book that will appeal to a wide range of ages. Younger children will enjoy the pace and rhyme as well as the very accessible illustrations; older children will appreciate and relate to the concept; and adults will be reminded of their own little ones and their boundless energy and enthusiasm. Just gorgeous!

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Little Mouse by Alison Murray is another celebration of the mother and child relationship, told from the point of view of a little girl who is sometimes called Mummy’s little mouse. But this little girl doesn’t think she really is like a mouse.

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I love Alison Murray’s illustrations and in this book she uses them beautifully to reflect a child’s imagination and emotion.

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A gorgeous book to celebrate mums, it is worth buying this book for this spread alone.

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Anyone who has ever had a cuddle like that will go a little bit melty at seeing that picture. Delicious!

Source: Mum’s the Word kindly sent for review by Hodder Children’s books.
Little Mouse kindly donated to The Rainbow Library for International Book Giving Day by Hachette Children’s books.

* Such a shame that the back cover adds a ‘he’ in, potentially cutting out half of its child readers. Luckily the back cover blurb tends to be more for the adult purchasing the book rather than the child.

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