Title: My Mum is Fantastic
Author: Nick Butterworth
Illustrator: Nick Butterworth
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Baby/Young children’s fiction
Book format: Board book
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Description: The mum in this book is truly fantastic. She’s a brilliant artist, she can balance on a tightrope, she can swim like a fish, do amazing stunts on a bike and she can even tame wild animals … in fact, there’s very little this astounding mum can’t do. The book ends: “It’s great to have a mum like mine. It’s fantastic!” And no one can argue with that!

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review: Mums are fantastic! And in this book we’ll see just how fantastic Mum can be.

This board book is a small book with rounded edges and fun glossy images inside. Inside the story is a simple one, a child tells us how fantastic his/her mum is by telling us about all the things she can do, from painting (a picture of the pet cat) to mending anything (the vacuum cleaner) and even more amazing things like tightrope walking (on the washing line). Every page features another amazing thing that Mum can do.

The illustrations are fun and well drawn although there is a dated feel to them. This book is actually a re-print from 1989 so it makes sense that the images feel dated although they are lovely and I recognise Nick Butterworth’s style.

I’m not sure if children will enjoy this book or not, it’s a great message about how fantastic Mums are and maybe some kids will appreciate their Mum more and think about how fantastic she is, however the book has a general dated feel to it and it just didn’t feel like a book I’d have enjoyed much as a child, especially as there isn’t really much of a story.

Overall a nice book and perhaps those who have had this book when they were younger will enjoy it reprinted as a board book, or indeed mums might enjoy it, but it’s personally not a book I connected with (even though I too think my Mum is fantastic!)

-Review first appeared online March 2017 – now republished here.

Do you like this book?  Do you think your mum is fantastic?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂