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ANTHONY BROWNE has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice and was a recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award for the body of his work. My Mom is a companion book to My Brother, a Best Children's Book of the Year, Bank Street College, and the best-selling My Dad. He lives in Kent, England.


PW said of Anthony Browne's My Dad, "With well-measured doses of hyperbole, sentiment and humor, Browne delivers an endearing paean to patriarchs." In the companion, My Mom, Browne similarly salutes mothers. "My mom's a... brilliant juggler," reads one caption, as she literally "juggles" images of a purse, car, house and teddy bear. Dad's robe was plaid, Mom's is flowered, which nicely segues into an homage to her green thumb-and fingers. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

PreS-Gr 2-While Browne has paid homage to the art of motherhood in the past, his latest exploration offers unadulterated affection and adoration. Choosing not to contrast the main character with her mate in this setting allows the author to put aside the sophomoric and rough-hewn behavior of his typical father figures in favor of a gentle sweetness and good-natured humor. Mom is first pictured in a floral bathrobe, coffee cup in hand; readers glean that, "She's nice, my mom." Each ensuing page portrays her many talents and Browne's clever conceits. As a "fantastic cook," she oversees an array of cakes a la artist Wayne Thiebaud, one sporting a gorilla face. As the musical angel, her pose re-creates a Piero della Francesca painting. When viewers see what she could be, they are treated to a movie-star mom, dress billowing upward like Marilyn Monroe's. In each scene, the flowers-and-hearts fabric is part of her costume, as are the pink, fuzzy slippers, where possible. This loving tribute is sure to be a hit with parents and children at storytimes and for one-on-one sharing.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"With simplicity, strength, and complete understanding of children's perceptions, Browne uses the voice of an unseen child to praise one mother - and by extension, all moms. As always, Browne's paintings hold attention...and the honesty of the narrator's emotions and Mom's devotion shine through." --Booklist "Browne crafts a heart-warming testimony to mothers. The sentiment is so pure that this tale will be a beloved addition to a family's repertoire of stories to treasure." --Kirkus Reviews "This loving tribute is sure to be a hit with parents and children at storytimes and for one-on-one sharing." --School Library Journal

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