My Must-Have Mom
From the Series Lantana Global Picture Books
When Jake’s mom upcycles every last thing in the apartment, Jake begins to worry that the only thing left to change is . . . him!
Jake’s mom is not like most moms. Say there’s a dumpster in the street, most moms will pass right by without a second glance. Not Jake’s mom. “Look at this, Jake!” she’ll shout. “We must have this! We must have this, too! And we simply must have this!” That’s Jake’s mom for you. She’s a must-have mom.
Soon Jake begins to worry that his mom will want to change him too. Should he be this way? Or that way? Or another way altogether?
A heartwarming story about the unbreakable bond between a mother and her son, and a little boy who learns that he is perfect just the way he is.
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|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 2|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Category||Diverse Books: Physical Disability & Illness, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning|
|Number of Pages||32|
“With whimsical storytelling, Smith and Khatun offer an unexpected take on an indestructible parent-child relationship. . . . a rainbow range of flat hues exhibit a style that well suits the cluttered, casual aesthetic.”—Publishers Weekly
“A sweet, environmentally-conscious tale of unconditional love.”—Kirkus Reviews
Author: Maudie Smith
Maudie Smith is a British author who writes humorous and touching stories for children, including much-loved picture book My Mum-Have Mom. She has an MA in Writing for Young People and lives in Bath, UK.
Illustrator: Jen Khatun
Jen Khatun is a British children's book illustrator of Bangladeshi/Indian heritage. Her work resonates with the hidden magic in everyday life and the close bonds between people, nature, and memories. She is the illustrator of My Must-Have Mom.
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