Marvellous Mummy, a book review

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Title: Marvellous Mummy
by: Katie Poli
illustrated by: Giuseppe Poli
Publisher: New Frontier

My mummy is cuddly and snuggly and warm.

Mums can be funny and friendly and gentle and strong … all in one day!
This sweet and simple picture book will delight Mums and children everywhere.

Marvellous Mummy is marvellous! Although, I’d liked to call it ‘Magnificent Marvellous Mummy’! Author, Katie Poli, has captured everything mums can, and have to be. Each page of the book captures the essence of a mother, whether it is when she’s being kind or caring, or silly or fancy, or noisy or grumpy, or clever or brave … mums are all of those things, plus more. And the plus more is the love imbued in the illustrations by illustrator, Giuseppe Poli.

Marvellous Mummy is an inspiring book. It not only celebrates the gentle, caring side of motherhood, but also the fiercely protective side of motherhood. It’s a feel-good picture book that hits you in the heart with an explosion of warm fuzzy feelings.

There’s a pause in the text of the story, three-quarters of the way through the book that I love, where a double page illustration resides. It’s like the story builds up in its crescendo, then glides in silence on that textless page, before the story floats down and resumes in gentle tones. It’s completely satisfying.

Illustrator, Giuseppe Poli has used the most glorious shades of colour throughout the story, hitting the ‘Mummy’ factor spot on. He has also used eye expression in the characters to show the love and adoration between the mother and child.

Marvellous Mummy has a high rating on the ‘read-aloud-ability’ scale. The variance of voice pitch, intonation and expression, when sharing Marvellous Mummy with your own child, or a group of children, will vary from soft to loud and strong, and back to soft again. I know that children will adore this book, particularly the repetitive three-word sentences that will have children joining in with the reading, and relishing in the feel of the words on their tongue as they say them – ‘Tickle, tickle, squeeze.’ See what I mean.

Marvellous Mummy is a beautiful book written and illustrated with heart. It will absolutely ‘sparkle, sparkle, shine’ into your memories as precious time shared with your child as you read it together.

Purchase a Copy: Marvellous Mummy
Teacher Notes: Marvellous Mummy Tteaching Notes.pdf

Title: Marvellous Mummy
by: Katie Poli
Illustrated by: Giuseppe Poli
Publisher: New Frontier
ISBN: 978-1-925594-18-8
Category: 3 – 6 years
Pages: 28

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
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Young MacDonald, book review

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Title: Young MacDonald
Written and Illustrated by: Giuseppe Poli
Publisher: Yellow Brick Books

In this fun twist on an old favourite, Young MacDonald’s vivid imagination transforms an otherwise ordinary day on the farm into his grandest adventure yet …

The classic, Old MacDonald Had a Farm, was originally a cumulative nursery rhyme about farm animals and their sounds that children the world over loved to join in with since 1917. In England, 1908, an even older version of this song was discovered.

The success of the nursery rhyme’s longevity is tied up in the repetition of verses, and the animals and the sounds they make, giving the nursery rhyme a fun and feel good reaction. Old MacDonald had a Farm is an easy story to innovate on, which teachers in classrooms around the globe have been doing for years.

And indeed, that is what author and illustrator, Giuseppe Poli, has done. No longer is it just about Old MacDonald. He now has a son—a farm boy, born and bred. However, Young MacDonald has a wild imagination, one that strays from the farm animals and to the earth, the sky, the sea and the last frontier, space, collecting farm animals as he goes on his adventure of imagination.

Children will enjoy this bright and happy book as they join in the choruses of digging and splashing and chopper-ing and burbling and zooming. I’m sure it will be a favourite go-to book for young children, requested to be read over and over again.

Purchase a copy: Young MacDonald

Title: Young MacDonald
Written and Illustrated by: Giuseppe Poli
Publisher:  Yellow Brick Books
ISBN: 9780994557018
Pages: 32 pages

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