BOOK REVIEW: Dear Mum, I Love You

BOOK REVIEW: Dear Mum, I Love You

Scholastic Australia
April 2017
Hardcover, $16.99
Reviewed by Steph O’Connell

Picture Book / Mother’s Day

8/10

‘Dear Mum, Ever since I could walk, my favourite place in the whole wide world has been anywhere you are. I love you.’ Open the letters and lift the flaps to read all the loveable letters to these special mums! Join the animals and write a letter inside to your wonderful mum too!

I have to admit, I find this book and it’s companion, Father’s Day title, Dear Dad, I Want to be Just Like You, both very clever and funny.

There is no narrative in this book. It’s all about finding the letters left in ways that suit the characters leaving them, like the one on the back of the door to the rabbit warren, the cleverly camouflaged one being held by a similarly camouflaged chameleon, and the one that starts “Deer Mum,” and is written to a mum who is, you guessed it, a deer.

It is also lovely that at the back of the book there is a letter for kids to pull out and write their own message on.

Of course, the nature of the book, with all its flaps and envelopes, recommends it for a slightly older child, as those below three or four are likely to want to tear off the bits that stick out, because how fun is that?!

These are cute and funny, and a keepsake for Mum that will allow her to look back on the letter from her child in the years to come.

BOOK REVIEW: Dear Mum, I Love You

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