A SPECIAL DAY FOR MOMMY
Dan Andreasen, . . S&S/McElderry, $15.95 (40pp) ISBN 978-0-689-84977-0
A piglet unilaterally declares a Mommy holiday, and then throws herself into preparations for a "surprise" celebration with comically heedless gusto. Readers get treated to two running jokes: the progress of the very messy plans (the piglet provides her own running narration), and the domestic triage that Mommy silently performs in the wake of her little bundle of energy. "To cut out a heart that's not crooked, fold the paper in half first. No peeking, Mommy!" says the piglet as she makes a card for Mommy; the honoree, meanwhile, mops up a puddle caused by a tipped-over bottle of glue. Mommy's patience never falters—although when her daughter announces (after having uprooted the daffodil garden, strewn the bathroom with toilet paper and covered herself and her clothes with jelly), "I bet you wish
intended havoc: a blank greeting card featuring one of the book's illustrations is tipped into the inside back cover. Ages 2-5.
Reviewed on: 03/29/2004
Hardcover - 40 pages - 978-986-6407-18-5