MOM'S THE WORD by Timothy Knapman

MOM'S THE WORD

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Age Range: 3 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

This energetically illustrated tribute to mothers challenges readers to consider many different feelings associated with the word “Mom.”

Knapman’s text puts forth a series of questions and declarations in rhyme. “What’s the word that feels like a cuddle? / Like splashing and sploshing through a great big puddle?” His language piles clue on clue by comparing the elusive word to a warm “good-night kiss” or one “that tastes like an ice-cream sundae.” Like a magic word that can both mean “Get well soon” and evoke “a firework [that] lights up the night,” the intended message gets muddled. Putting the confusing concept of the book aside, readers will respond to the spirited illustrations Littler creates. The focus is on a gray-and-white dog whose pricked-up ears, wagging tail and wide range of emotional expressions instantly appeal. Generous white space allows the large typeface and the pictures full of action to balance each other. Readers of all ages will feel the glee of sliding down a steep red slide at top speed and feel the soppy despair of getting caught in the rain. Of course, the “word that so much joy comes from… / …is… / ‘Mom!’ ”

Obviously intended as a gift for Mother’s Day, this relatively attractive title will likely help meet that demand. Too bad the concept inside is less than successful. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-58925-157-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Tiger Tales
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2014




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