Silly Mummy, Silly Daddy
by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (Author)
Silly Mummy, Silly Daddy is a charming picturebook for younger readers. Beth is in a bad mood and her whole family try to snap her out of it by entertaining her with sock puppets, dressing up and showing her their rather dubious works of art. To which she responds, Silly Mummy‚ Silly Daddy‚ or Silly Uncle Ben, depending on who is annoying her at the time. But big sister Ann has a cunning plan and manages to raise a smile and break Beth’s mood. The text is delightfully simple and my toddler found the book highly entertaining. Marie-Louise is certainly in tune with young children and has obviously been doing her homework when it comes to toddler tantrums.
The artwork is bright and bold, with strong brush strokes and lots of texture, especially in the backgrounds of the double-page spreads. The expressions on the various characters are spot on, especially Beth’s irritated scowl, complete with red angry spots on her cheeks which fade as her mood lifts. The whole book is carefully designed from the colourful endpapers to the clear, easy-to-read text. A highly successful book for toddlers of 2+, especially those prone to moodiness!