Peppa Pig, of British TV and Nick Jr. fame, celebrates all the wonderful things about her mommy.
Peppa thinks her mommy, Mummy Pig, is the best and prettiest mommy in the world. She goes on to extol her virtues, observing that her mommy is graceful (most of the time) and serious (except when she is silly). She works “very hard at home… / and when she’s outside.” Here, Mummy Pig is pictured typing at a computer and then, decked out in firefighter gear, putting out the fire on a cooking grill with a hose. Mummy is also very smart and ready with hugs when the children are scared, and she always finds time to play. The perhaps overwhelming message here—that mothers (and women and girls) are strong, vibrant creatures who possess many varied (and sometimes-conflicting) traits and talents—is clear: “My mommy can do anything she puts her mind to… / especially if someone tells her she can’t do it!” The simple, digital illustrations feature four rather odd-looking piggies built of simple shapes with sticks for arms and legs, perfect pink circles on their cheeks and chunky lines for smiles.
Unlikely to win Peppa any new admirers, but her steadfast fans will be pleased as punch with this paean to Mummy Pig. (Board book. 2-5)