Rosie Smith (text), Bruce Whatley (illus), My Mum’s the Best, Scholastic Australia, 1 April 2016, 24pp., $14.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781743621738
For all the best mums out there! This classic, all-time beloved Mother’s Day book by much-loved author-illustrator combo is back in a new paperback edition. Rosie Smith and Bruce Whatley continuously capture the most important, life-changing and heartrending moments in all their stories, and this one certainly does that every visit.
Humour, warmth and affection guide this tender tale with its menagerie of feathered, furry and slimy skinned animals sharing special moments with their loved ones. Whether it’s mum squeezing her bub (just slightly too tightly), giving wet kisses, gentle nudges, well-intentioned singing lessons or fun bathtime sessions (perhaps only for one!), these caring and thoughtful actions are simply priceless.
Dedicated simple text pages oppose the sweet and effervescent illustrations, with each mum and child exclusively allocated their own soft, pastel-coloured background.
My Mum’s the Best remains a household favourite for the celebration of special mums and all their quirks, diversity and unconditional love. One of the best read aloud Mum’s Day books for children from age three.
Reviewed by Romi Sharp