I Love My Mummy by Giles Andreae, illustrated by Emma Dodd and published by Orchard Books is a charming and funny look at the unique relationship between mummies and their babies.
Written in the sort of light-hearted and comical rhyme that you would expect from Giles Andreae, the book follows a little boy as he shows us all the reasons why he loves his mummy. The story is a fabuluous reflection of real life and so many mummies will no doubt recognise themselves in the pages.
From every-day situations: “We love to giggle in the bath, And do fun things that make us laugh.” To those things we might all do but just don’t talk about: “I like to watch her brush her hair, And dance round in her underwear!”
Emma Dodd’s illustrations are bright and colourful, with rosy cheeked characters that are full of joy and warmth.
The rhymes are short and catchy, easy for little ones to recognise as they start to talk and anticipate the endings. My little ones both like to finish the sentences as we read and we often pair them with actions and sounds:
“She holds my hand when we go out,” (I hold my hand out and my little one grabs hold) “And asks me not to scream and shout.” (We both put a finger to our lips and shush like the picture of the mummy in the book.)
I was given this book as a present not long after first becoming a Mummy and it has been a firm favourite in our house ever since. A sweet and light-hearted book with just enough doses of silly to avoid being over-sentimental.