My Mum Says The Strangest Things written by Katrina Germein & Illustrated by Tom Jellett
Published by Black Dog Books
We begin with a little boy who we do not know his name, which I think is quite purposeful. As you read, you immediately put yourself in the little boy’s shoes.
He starts by telling us that his mum says the strangest things.
Like when he daydreams, his mum says he is away with the pixies. The little boy of course imagine pixies at the dinner table.
What ensues is a delightful walk down memory lane, as you remember all the weird and crazy clichéd things your parents told you, but at the time you totally imagined were true.
Things like spinach makes you strong, and carrots make you see in the dark.
With each new page, the little boy repeats his initial declaration, “My Mum Says The Strangest things.”
I read this with my almost three year old and it was no surprise that she loved the repetition of that line. The illustrations are quite simple, with only a couple of colours on each page. The characters and action are highlighted with a black outline. This works so well, as you find yourself easily searching for a snippet of the next crazy saying, without the distraction of too much colour. Our favourite page was when his mum says he is as snug as a bug. We laughed out loud at the depiction of a bug in his pyjamas in bed.
We enjoyed this book very much, and would recommend it as a great read aloud for children aged 3-8.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Katrina Germein
Illustrator: Tom Jellett
Title: My Mum Says the Strangest Things
Publisher: Black Dog Books
Published: April 2014