Author: Petra James
Illustrator: Alissa Dinallo
Publication Date: 26 March 2019
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher
This guest review was submitted by Deb Mitchell, one of our Beauty and Lace Club members. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us Deb. I must say that I think this one would make a PERFECT Mother’s Day gift so the timing is spot on. I have been meaning to get it out and talk about it as a Mother’s Day option. Now I will definitely have to pull it out and look at it with my own children.
Many of my happiest moments as a Mum are when I am reading with my children. This is such a special time, an opportunity to be close together, to concentrate on an activity and to talk and play without any other care in the world. This book, I Love My Mum Because, brings all of these moments together in a beautiful activity book that my daughter has enjoyed completing and presenting to me.
At first glance, this book is a celebration, perhaps a memoir of how my children view me, what they like about me as their Mum, and what they wish for me. There are games, colouring in pages, drawing spaces and opportunities for reflection. However, on closer perusal, as a parent I can see so much more in these pages. This book is not only fun and entertaining, it provides subtle areas of education for the children. I asked my daughter to be very careful with her drawing as Mummy wants to keep this book for a long time, she needs to do her best drawings for me. Lucy had to think of how to finish the sentence My Mummy Is (for which she wrote ‘The Best Mummy Ever’ – bless her!) There is an opportunity for Lucy to write her wishes for Mummy, apparently we need to play more Monopoly and Mum to do less jobs. I also liked the rainbow of emotions as this is similar to the lessons learned at school, teaching children ways to describe how they are feeling. I also adore the tracing of hands on the last page, I can put my hand over Lucy’s and imagine I can hold on tight.
This is a beautiful book and one I will treasure forever. The author Petra James has asked the children open questions which require thoughtful answer, as well as educating the children with different languages, instructions to be followed and plenty of opportunities to practice handwriting and colouring in skills.
Alissa Dinallo has illustrated this book beautifully with many bright and colourful pictures. The mix of fonts on each page and the pencil drawings appealed to my young daughter, I think perhaps making the pictures more relatable to what she is able to draw at her age. I really liked the inside cover of colourful squiggles, and to receive this book from the publishing house wrapped in the same squiggly paper was delightful.
Thank you to Pan McMillan Australia and Beauty and Lace Book Club for the opportunity to read, play with and review this beautiful lovely book. I will treasure the memories of my daughter at this young age, her drawings, handwriting and efforts at spelling that are now a part of this lovely book.
I Love My Mum Because is published by Pan Macmillan and is available now where all good books are sold.