A year ago I went to Borders to buy a new copy of Coco Counts. The original copy we owned went swimming in the bathtub with my son. Water + Board Book = Swollen, Soggy Mess. While there, Keegan asked for Monster Mess by Margery Cuyler. He LOVES this book. But unfortunately they didn't have it, so I handed him Where's My Mummy by Carolyn Crimi, illustrated by John Manders. He was IMMEDIATELY enthralled by the skeleton - just one of a few creepy creatures that you will find in the book. So of course I bought it!
Where's My Mommy? is a combination bedtime story/halloween story/good ol' monster story. It is about a Little Baby Mummy that just doesn't want to go to bed, so he pleads to Mamma Mummy to play one last game of hide and shriek. He runs and hides behind some gravestones and waits..and waits...and waits. Finally he TROMPS, TROMPS, TROMPS into the deep, dark night to find Mama Mummy. Instead he finds characters such as Bones the skeleton, Glob and Drac - all who tell Baby Mummy to GO TO BED. Finally, Baby Mummy gets a fright, Mamma Mummy finds him, they go through their bedtime routine and she tucks Little Baby Mummy up tight.
My sons LOVE this book. They point out the mummies, frogs, mice, bubbles, bats, globs and all sorts of other creatures in this wickedly illustrated, frightfully fun book. They also answer questions about what they see on the pages and what will happen next. It's just a great book.
I have the larger, hardcover copy which costs $15.99. But there is also a smaller version, also hardcover, that is easier for toddlers to handle. This smaller book costs $7.99.
AUTHOR: Carolyn Crimi
PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2008
RECOMMENDED AGE: 4 to 8 - But I've been reading it to my boys since my oldest was 2.5 years and my little one was not even a year.
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