That's My Mommy! Author: Ann Hodgman Illustrator: Laura Logan
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Age Range: 2-5 years

Publication Date: March 2013

BISAC: JUV013060

Pages: 22

Book Format Detail: Board Book with Padded Cover

Retail Price: $8.95

ISBN-13: 9781589256453

ISBN-10: 1-58925-645-X

Dimensions: 7" x 8-1/4" x 5/8"

Mommies can do lots of things! They help you to feel brave, they tuck you in at night; but best of all mommies love you just the way you are! The soft padded covers, rounded corners and sturdy board pages make this title a perfect fit for preschoolers! 

Lexile: AD160

July 1, 2013, Kirkus Reviews

Various animal youngsters share what's special about their mommies. Hodgman's prose describes each mother's virtue in phrases that mix sentiment with simple descriptions. "My mommy is the most beautiful mommy in the world. / My mommy tucks me in at night." The soft watercolor cartoons inconsistently place the critters in human or animal settings, but all of the characters wear clothes or accessories of some sort. Most of the scenes are sentimentally warm, as when the mama duck floats by while her duckling braves the water. Others don't work quite so well, like a difficult-to-read image of an overly made-up ostrich mom and child gazing at each other in a bathroom mirror. The companion title, That's My Daddy!, follows the same format with animal fathers, but Logan's illustrations seem to indulge in a little more humor here. The daddy giraffe sports a necktie, and the woodpecker papa uses his beak to hammer in a nail. In both books, the gender roles are quite traditional. The moms teach cooking and wear aprons, and the dads use tools and go camping. While others have done the trope better, both titles are passable parent-child love stories. 

July 1, 2013, School Library Journal

This tribute to mothers uses a variety of animals as stand-ins for human mothers. The illustrations are sweet and filled with loving moms and tots with endearing charm. The spreads are full of details to spark discussions of what's going on. The simple text presents the many ways mothers care-they make a child feel better, they always have time to play, they tuck you in at night-but there's nothing new in this supplemental purchase. Maralita L. Freeny, District of Columbia Public Library.