The Best Mum in the World by Pat Chapman, illustrated by Cat Chapman

This delightful picture book asks the question, ‘What makes mums so special?’ And it turns out that there are many, everyday things that make mothers special, and I’m sure families will respond well to the story and charming illustrations that depict a variety of family situations that are relatable and gently humorous. One of my favourite spreads is ‘My mum is the best mum in the world because…she lets me do her hair.’ The expression on the mother’s face as two of her children pull and prod her hair is priceless! Another favourite spread is ‘My mum is the best mum in the world because…she really loves my cooking.’ Mum is graciously accepting a plate of leaves, flowers, stones and a peg. Oh, and it even has a snail to complete this ‘delicious’ offering.

The Best Mum in the World is the perfect book for Mother’s Day, or any time of the year, to celebrate our mums. It is a wonderful blend of well-considered text and heart-warming illustrations, that will be highly entertaining for children.

The Best Dad in the World by Pat Chapman was awarded a Storylines Notable Book Award 2017, and I wouldn’t be surprised if The Best Mum in the World is an award winner in the future too.

I asked Milla McKenzie-Brown, who is nine years old, to add some comments to this review. She says, ‘I like the way they put different mums on each page. This book is great for kids who love their mums, for little kids who enjoy reading, and perfect for Mother’s Day. I think the book is a good way to show kids to do things like this and see if their mums like it. I love the book in lots of ways!’

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Karen McKenzie Karen McKenzie is a Director of NZ Booklovers. She has worked in book publishing for the past 17 years, as a publicist and also selling international rights. Karen is passionate about book publishing and enjoys working with authors to help them realise their dreams. She is also a published author of twelve books under the name ‘Karen McMillan’. More info at www.karenm.co.nz

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