I Love My Mommy

Giles Andreae, illus. by Emma Dodd, Disney-Hyperion, $12.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4231-4327-7
Mommy is, in a word, awesome. "She's great to cuddle, soft to touch," writes Andreae (Giraffes Can't Dance), doesn't recoil from a "grubby nose" (a phrase that hints at this book's original publication in Great Britain), is a huge help when toilet training ("She's really very kind to me,/ She even helps me learn to pee!"), and offers plenty of positive reinforcement. Adorned with hearts, bubbles, and music notes, Dodd's (I Don't Want a Cool Cat!) nursery-hued, generously scaled cartoonlike drawings joyfully convey the many sides of Mommy—from silly ("I like to watch her brush her hair/ And dance around in her underwear!") to comforting (when a building block disaster strikes at playtime)—but only one mood: upbeat and unconditionally loving, even when Mommy is asking her little one "not to scream and shout" when they go out to eat. It may not be a true 360-degree portrait of the parent-child dynamic, but it could be just the ticket on those days when both sides need reminding of just how much they enjoy being with each other. Ages 1–5. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 12/13/2010
Release date: 02/01/2011
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