Book Review: Superhero Mum, by Timothy Knapman

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This is the latest in a long list of picture books penned by Timothy Knapman. It is a book about mothers and daughters; a rhyming book which explains the things that make every mum a Super Hero. Told from the viewpoint of a small girl, this book is a must-have present for a little girl to give to her mother and then share time and time again.

The illustrations make an attempt at being racially inclusive when viewed with the text. They are, for the most part, as is the story, about one child and one mother, however the initial playground picture when married to the final piece of text shows the universality or mother/daughter relationships.

The story highlights all the special things that mothers do and shows young girls that they are capable of many things just by being everyday people. It is quite empowering in its own way. This story oozes with love and the shiny bright coloured pages and the clever use of fonts and text size make it an easy-to-read book. These same attributes also allow for the reader to identify with the specialness of their mums.

The hole in the front cover is an ingenious idea, perhaps allowing the child to insert a picture of their own mother’s face in the void. This cover is sturdy enough to have a photo attached on the inside and stands the book in good stead for being loved and read many times.

This is one of two similar books, the other being Superhero Dad. Both are written with no American spellings or terms which is refreshing and makes them valuable additions to any Australian child’s collection.

Reviewed by Leanne Caune

Rating out of 10:  9

Distributed by: Allen & Unwin
Released: April, 2018
RRP: $19.99

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This book is a must-have present for a little girl to give to her mother and then share time and time again.

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