Written by Victoria Chang
Illustrated by Marla Frazee
In this irreverent, hilarious, and charming picture book, award-winning poet Victoria Chang and celebrated artist Marla Frazee show that all toddlers love their mommies—no matter what.
Is Mommy tall or short?
Is Mommy fun or boring?
In this joyous ode to hardworking mothers everywhere—who may not always be fun or organized or neat—Victoria Chang asks, do their toddlers love them anyway? Of course! Marla Frazee’s colorful and humorous illustrations bring this simple text—perfect for reading aloud—to vivid life.
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PRAISE for IS MOMMY?
“Is Mommy?” named a NYT Notable Book of 2015
“‘Is Mommy?'” lobs an attack on perfectionism. When parenting blogs and social media edit out hot tempers, hangovers, the tedium of groceries, fearful obsessions with death and eroding body confidence to suggest that parenting is all butterfly cupcakes, quilting projects completed in time for birthdays and endless nonwage-earning hours spent biking to swimming holes or exploring museums, it can be difficult to remember that the only essential qualities required for parenting are kindness and courage. Chang and Frazee’s playful book reminds a reader that children love well and without reservation….”
“If parents can hold steadfast to their love for their less-than-perfect children, can’t children be trusted to do the same? More sneakily still, this book may have another agenda hidden behind its raucous fun: If kids can accept their parents’ warts and all, parents should be able to forgive themselves, too.” —Boston Globe
Backstory on “Is Mommy?” by Publisher’s Weekly.
“Victoria Chang’s look at motherhood from the child’s point of view is vibrantly, hilariously, and happily brought to life by the once and always Queen of Expression, Marla Frazee. Kids and their bedraggled mothers will love snuggling up and laughing at the never enough, messy, imperfectly perfect job of mommy-hood. I just love this book.”
–Jennifer Garner (Actress)
“Frazee’s tempera paint illustrations take center stage and star a colorful cast of children who are outfitted in primary color wardrobes and have uniquely fashioned hairdos. VERDICT Toddlers will relish the simple, headstrong text in this quirky book.”
–School Library Journal (Starred Review)
“Rarely do I read something and think, ‘Wait. You can do that in a picture book?’ But that was exactly my experience reading Is Mommy?, one of the boldest, bravest, and most straighforwardly honest picture books I’ve recently seen….Although it ends warmly, Is Mommy? contains enough ‘you can’t talk to me like that!’ envelope-pushing to make grown-ups squirm. Somewhere, Maurice Sendak is smiling.
“A funny and deceptively simple meditation on unconditional filial love.”
“Poet Chang (The Boss) makes her children’s debut with a dialogue between children and an unseen narrator, which Frazee (The Farmer and the Clown) draws with raucous exuberance…the children’s anarchic glee rings very true.”
“…It’s clear that everyone here is having a wonderful time. Kids will appreciate the story’s visual absurdities, making it perfect for story time or one-on-one sharing.”
“The read-aloud potential of poet Victoria Chang’s picture book cannot be overstated….Children love to respond out loud to books, and Marla Frazee’s simply drawn characters with primary-color outfits help set the tone. Grade: A+”
“Text and illustrations come together perfectly in this romp of a picture book! A toddler loves his or her mommy above all others and this darling exploration of that love will make everyone smile. Plan on reading this out loud over and over again!”
-American Booksellers Association Indie Next List, Margaret Brennan Neville, The King’s English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, UT on American Booksellers Association