I Want My Mommy! Author: Tracey Corderoy Illustrator: Alison Edgson
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Format: Picture Books, Paperbacks

Age Range: 3-7 years

Character Traits: Imagination & Play

Publication Date: March 2013

BISAC: JUV002180

Pages: 32

Book Format Detail: Hardcover

Retail Price: $12.95

ISBN-13: 9781589251304

ISBN-10: 1-58925-130-X

Dimensions: 10-1/2" x 11" x 3/8"

Publication Date: September 2014

BISAC: JUV013030

Pages: 32

Book Format Detail: Paperback

Retail Price: $3.99

ISBN-13: 978-1-58925-453-4

ISBN-10: 1-58925-453-8

Dimensions: 8" x 8"

It’s Arthur’s first day apart from his mommy and he really misses her. Even his fantastic dragon suit and favorite toy dragon don’t help cheer him up. “Rargghh!” he roars grumpily. But luckily Grandma knows just what to do! 

Lexile: AD470

November 1, 2013, Horn Book Guide

A grandmother mouse does everything she can think of to distract her Mommy-missing visiting grandson, who has never before been away from his mother for a whole day. The playful grandmother is a keeper, but the story is sunk by its treacly writing ("Arthur held up his little nose for a special Mommy goodbye") and majorly cute-ified illustrations. 

April 1, 2013, Kirkus Reviews

Though he is distressed that his mother is going out for the whole day without him for the first time, Arthur and Grandma do their best to play through his bouts of moodiness and engage in some adventurous fun. Small Arthur the mouse, dressed in a cozy, bright green dragon costume, is an adorable little fellow sure to instantly charm readers. Mommy takes him to Grandma's house, where he is greeted with a big hug, "[b]ut soon it was time for Mommy to go." Arthur "waved and waved until Mommy was gone." Sympathetic Grandma suggests some activities. Paint a picture? "Rargghh!" Make some dragon music? "OK!" Each time Arthur and Grandma get carried away with their imaginary games, the doorbell rings. And each time Arthur is disappointed when it is the letter carrier or a neighbor instead of his mother. Dedicated Grandma matches each moment of despair with an even better idea. From hiding treasure to protecting its hiding place from the tickling Grandma-Knight, Arthur is kept happily occupied. When the doorbell rings one more time, brave Arthur the dragon is ready to battle whoever dares to enter. What a surprise when it is Mommy! Corderoy and Edgson combine an engaging text with a variety of full-page and spot illustrations that capture exciting episodes of dramatic play--Grandma brandishing her feather duster as a sword is particularly impressive--and glimpses of fleeting emotion. This winning tale with considerable child appeal will entertain young readers whether they suffer from a bit of separation anxiety or not. 

July 1, 2013, School Library Journal

Arthur is a young mouse who loves to wear his dragon costume and play with his mother. The day comes, though, when she needs to go out, and he must spend the day with his grandmother. At first Arthur resists, but eventually his mother gets him settled in, and his grandmother takes over coddling and distracting him with painting and music and even a treasure trove to keep him from being grumpy. Each time the doorbell rings, though, the youngster is disappointed to find that it is not his mother. Just as he has found the activity that is the most distracting, playing knights and dragons in the garden, she returns and greets him with a big hug. Edgson's soft acrylic illustrations are adorable, and each member of the mouse family is more wide-eyed and snuggly than the last. Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA.


This book captured me right from the front cover. How can you not love this sweet, sad looking boy clutching his dragon toy? Corderoy has created a tender story that lets children know they aren't alone in missing their parents when they are separated. Whether it's the first day of day care, the first day of preschool, or the first time Mommy and Daddy are leaving the kids home with a babysitter for an evening, I Want My Mommy! is a great way to calm their fears.

Alison Edgson provides some of the most adorable illustrations for this book. The cover alone is enough to make you want to pick it up, but as soon as you begin flipping pages, the soft, warm colors and the multitude of emotions depicted on the characters' faces captivates you. Beautiful pink roses, the furry carpet in front of Grandma's door, and the fuzzy feather Grandma uses as a sword are some of my favorite details.

I loved this book from beginning to end. Highly recommended.