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Saturday 30 October 2010

Review: Mommy

Maurice Sendak and pop-ups. What more could you possibly need? Honestly?

Not much. This book has proved to be one of our family’s favourite books – for both kids and adults – and what better time to showcase it than right on All Hallow’s Eve?

In Mommy, a little boy searches the pages of a spookified castle looking for his mummy – er… mommy – but everywhere he looks, there is nothing but ghoulish surprise after surprise.

Will mommy be hiding in the castle’s dank basement chamber? “Mommy?” No, it’s only a mad scientist working his lab. Will she be round a dark corner? “Mommy?” No, it’s just a vampire in need of a dummy (pacifier).

Along this spooky journey, our little boy is totally unphased as he meets Frankenstein and werewolves and a real live mummy – but who will his mommy turn out to be?

With stunning papercrafting pop-ups on every page, with a bonus flip-out-pop-up, too, this is a book kids will love exploring over and over again. Funny, charming and only a little bit spooky.

Title: Mommy
Author/Illustrator: Arthur Yorinks for Maurice Sendak
Paper Engineering: Matthew Rheinhart
Publisher: Scholastic, A$39.95RRP
Publication Date: 1 September 2009
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780439880503
For ages: 2+
Type: Pop-Up Book