Author Jacobsen (Stinky Winky, 2018, etc.) and illustrator Evans (The Wishing Feather, 2019, etc.) highlight moms in a variety of mostly STEM-related jobs.
In this picture book, Jacobsen presents a number of different working mothers, matching children’s names to their parents’ careers (“Daniel’s mommy is a Doctor”). The moms portrayed include an architect, a police officer, an engineer, and an attorney. The accompanying rhymes are short and accessible, presenting a simplified version of what each job entails. In some cases, the text offers a joke, as when Paul’s paleontologist mother is said to want to clone dinosaurs. Many of the jobs are associated with science and technology (marine biologist, pharmacist) or high-risk careers (firefighter), but teachers also get a shoutout. Evans’ illustrations have a Cartoon Network–like style; although all of the mothers shown here seem to have the same types of noses, eyelashes, and body shapes, they have a range of skin tones; moms with disabilities, however, go unrepresented. The book’s organization is a bit haphazard—the jobs aren’t sorted alphabetically or by type—but that may have been intentional so that each of the different occupations feels unique among the others.
A nice mix of careers that may be inspiring to young readers.