cover image Mom School

Mom School

Rebecca Van Slyke, illus. by Priscilla Burris. Doubleday, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-385-38892-4

Mothers know so much, they must go to “Mom School” to acquire their skills, a girl reasons. In imagined scenarios, she envisions her mother and other moms acquiring such talents as baiting fishing hooks, pumping up bike tires, and “making dinner while listening to a song I just made up.” Burris’s digitally colored pencil illustrations have a pleasing rough-hewn look, and she has a great deal of fun picturing mothers in the midst of kidlike school-day activities; in an early scene, backpack-wearing mothers arrive at school sipping coffees, checking their smartphones, and waving goodbye to their children. Gently funny and knowing, it’s a good bet for moments of mother-child bonding, especially for moms who could use a pat on the back. Ages 3–7. Author’s agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Illustrator’s agency: CATugeau. (Mar.)