Peapod’s Picks – Happy Mother’s Day

Peapod’s Picks is a weekly round up of some of the books that Peapod* has read (often, but not always, for his bedtime stories) each week plus a review of at least one of them.

*His social media alter ego, not his real name!

This week it’s some of our favourite ‘mum’ books (and I’ll admit, it’s a bit of a cheat post as most are links to previous reviews – everyone’s allowed a best bits/recap type post once in a while, especially on Mother’s Day, right?!)

A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton

Little Owl falls out of his best, but luckily Squirrel is on hand to help find the way back to mum. A classic ‘have you seen my mummy?’ story.

You can read my original review here. And if you haven’t seen Tchéky Karyo (BBC’s Baptiste) read this on CBeebies Bedtime Stories, give it a watch – the voices are first class! I’m still hoping he’ll read Chris Haughton’s other books too!

On the Way Home by Jill Murphy

Claire has a bad knee. On her way home, she meets lots of friends and tells them all exactly what happened…or does she?!

This is not strictly a very mum-ish story at all. Her mum only features on the last couple of pages and doesn’t even have a face. But even in this bit part, she’s such a mum – comforting, understanding and reassuring, all the things a mum should be, fetching Claire the very biggest plaster in the box!

You can read my original review here.

The Large Family Books by Jill Murphy

Yes, it’s another Jill Murphy, but I couldn’t possibly mention picture book mums without a huge shout out to Mrs Large!

I’ve mentioned before how much I love the Large Family’s warmth, observational humour and realism and nowhere is this more evident than in Mrs Large, often harassed (Five Minutes Peace captures this perfectly!), the struggle is real but her love for those little elephants is abundantly clear – she’s my mum hero (especially when she caves in to the cake in A Piece of Cake!)

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson

Sarah, Percy and Bill wake up to find their mum gone. Sarah is reassuring – convincing herself as much as her brothers that mum will be back, Percy is doubtfully reassured, and Bill…well, Bill just wants his mummy!

I’ve mentioned this in other posts, I know but it’s a favourite and it’s probably the book that resonates most with me, as I definitely have a Bill! This is a go-to bedtime story when we’re having a particularly clingy time (resulting in us reading it most weeks!)

Happy Mother’s Day to you if you’re celebrating!

Do you have any favourite picture book mums?!

6 thoughts on “Peapod’s Picks – Happy Mother’s Day

  1. This is a lovely list and has Tinyfae’s favourite A bit Lost in it!!
    One of my favourite mummy books is Goodnight Like This By Mary Murphy (Walker Books) it’s got that gorgeous snuggly with mummy before sleep feel and gatefolds which make it extra special for change and continuity.

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      • It’s been ok, clock change is always a frazzle of a day and Littlefae lost one of her front teeth today 🥺 and was mortified about it 😆 but I had a card and some posh bookmarks so I’m happy!
        Hope you and Peapod have had a lovely day xx

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      • Aw, bless her! Hope you have a more restful night tonight and yay to posh bookmarks! We’ve had a good day, thanks – flowers, card and lush bath bombs, then we went to see my mum, now just mid-bedtime-slog – unfortunately sleep was not on the list of presents!x

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      • Sounds a lovely day, Tinyfae passed out quickly thank goodness. I empathise on the sleep as Littlefae is being much more difficult, my mum is in with her at the moment.
        Waiting with the glitter and money to sneak back in!

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