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Children’s Book Review: I Love My Mum Because by Petra James and Alissa Dinallo

Title: I Love My Mum Becausei love my mum because mini

Author: Petra James & Alissa Dinallo

Published: March 26th 2019

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Pages: 32

Genres:  Children (3-7 years)

RRP: $14.99

Rating: 4.5 stars

This book is for you and your mum.

Draw, decorate, colour in, count, spot the mum, make a butterfly (or two) and then present the book to your mum for any special occasion: birthday, Xmas, Mother’s Day … or just because.

An interactive picture book to personalise for your mum.


‘I love my mum because she’s the best mum for me.’

Author Petra James and book designer Alissa Dinallo have composed a tender hearted interactive picture book for children aged 3 to 7 titled, I Love My Mum Because. The perfect gift idea for Mother’s Day, which is fast approaching, this sentimental book is one to treasure and hold tight. I adored I Love My Mum Because.

I Love My Mum Because is a book to be shared between a mother and a child. As this is an interactive picture book, the emphasis is on the child to draw, create, colour, make and do. After this process is complete, not forgetting the all important handprint at the end, a child can present this book to the special mother figure in their life. Although the timing of the release of I Love My Mum Because is close to Mother’s Day, it could easily be presented as a gift for a birthday, Christmas, or other occasion.

What I really loved about I Love My Mum Because, as both a mother and an early childhood educator, was the opportunity this text provides for the child to engage with it in a creative manner. The child is given ownership over the final product, by adding in their unique handprints, creating drawings, recording wishes, adding colour preferences and much more. There is also the opportunity to extend on strengthening little hands, with the focus of the activities in the book being on colouring, drawing, writing, tracing and completing mazes. Further concepts of number, shapes and visual perception skills are included within the book, which I am sure will be appreciated by many parents that purchase this book.

If you are unsure of what to purchase this coming Mother’s Day, I Love My Mum Because is a great gift choice. I received this review book beautifully gift wrapped from the publisher, encased in the same child centered rainbow scribbled paper at the front and end papers of the book. The added bonus of a personalised gift tag really made me feel special  – thank you Pan Macmillan. A truly heart-warming hardcover gift book, I Love My Mum Because will delight all mothers far and wide. Look out for the Dad version of this book, arriving just in time for Father’s Day, this August.

I Love My Mum Because by Petra James and Allison Dinallo was published on 26th March 2019 by Pan Macmillan. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

I wish to thank Pan Macmillan for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.

I Love My Mum Because is book #42 of the 2019 Australian Women Writers Challenge 


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