Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

My Mum

My Mum

Anthony Browne
Picture Book
For ages 2 to 5
Random House UK, 2008   ISBN: 978-0385613675

A child knows that his mother is "nice" but that is not all, not by a long shot, for the child sees his mother is many roles. There is the woman who juggles all sorts of things, the strong lady who carries bags and bags of groceries, the "fantastic cook," the "magic" gardener. On top of this his mum is like a good fairy, an angel, a butterfly. Not to mention the fact that she is so wonderful, so talented that she could be anything from a ballet dancer to an astronaut, a boss in an office to a movie star. Putting it simply, this boy's mother is a Supermum.

Best of all though she is his mum who loves him and he, in turn, loves her.

This funny, warm tribute to all mothers would make a perfect gift for a mother, and best of all it would be a gift that she could share with her child or children. A minimal text and simple, bold, and colourful pictures puts mothers all over the world on the pedestal that they surely deserve to be on.