Kid’s Book Review: My Must Have Mum

Kid’s Book Review: My Must Have Mum

About the Book, Author and Illustrator

I was fortunate enough to hear the author introduce this lovely story to a young audience at Leeds Lit Fest – before it had even been published! Through this picture book Maudie Smith was able to demonstrate to families how up-cycling can be fun if you have enough imagination to see how discarded objects can be reused.

Not does My Must Have Mum have an important eco-friendly message, it is a touching story about the unbreakable bond between a mother and her child. This book would be a perfect gift to celebrate Mother’s Day, but for any day of the year is is an affirming story about a little boy who learns that, in his mother’s opinion, he is perfect just the way he is. That heart-warming message will reassure any young child who is sharing this book with their mummy.

As our young reviewer and his mum will confirm the illustrations by Jen Khatun are bright and fun, with lots of detail. Lantana has published another beautiful picture book with a several important messages. The fact that the mum character is also depicted in a wheelchair also gets a thumbs up from us.


My Must Have Mum cover
Maudie Smith

Maudie Smith writes humorous and touching stories for children including the picture books Milly and the Mermaids and The Dressing-Up Dad. She has an MA in Writing for Young People.

Jen Khatun is a children’s book illustrator whose work resonates the hidden magic in everyday life and the close bonds between people, nature and memories.


Book Review

I like Jake’s mum who finds fun things for Jake like a cycle in the skip

Mum’s thoughts – A delightful book about a mum in a wheel chair who finds old things in the street, skip or in an antique store and puts good use to rubbish and junk she finds. She makes good use out of old things by repairing them. Jake, her son gets worried that his mum might want to change him too. At the end of the story, the mum says ‘There’s not a single thing about you I would ever change as you are my one and only must-have son’. It is a beautiful story I can relate to as I like finding second hand treasures and I have a son, that I really cherish too. This book is colourfully illustrated and there is lots to talk about on each page.

Theo’s opinion – I like Jake’s mum. She finds fun things for Jake like a cycle in the skip. I like the dog in the book too. There are so many colourful pictures and I like pointing and learning new words.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Theo
  • Age: 2 years
  • Likes: bananas, Teletubbies and ducks
  • Dislikes: water and rice
  • Favourite Book: The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
  • Favourite Film: The Boss Baby
  • Favourite Song: Five Little Ducks