Are you my mommy?

Mary Murphy, 1961-

Book - 2015

A puppy asks all different animals if they are his mother, in a book that asks readers to lift flaps to reveal the other animals' babies.

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Picture books
Board books
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press 2015.
Main Author
Mary Murphy, 1961- (author)
First U.S. edition
Item Description
Cover title.
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 18 cm
Contents unavailable.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

An eager-eyed tan puppy asks six farm animals the question of the title before eventually finding its mother on the final page. The animals answer the puppy while introducing their actual children, who are hidden behind small flaps. "No, I'm a cow. And... here's my calf," responds a white cow with purple splotches, her calf tucked behind a round hay bale. Murphy's soft watercolor-and-ink illustrations create a comforting rural setting-while none of these animals are the puppy's mother, it's clear that the dog is no danger in the meantime. Up to age 3. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

A little pup pokes around the barnyard in search of its mother.A series of double-page spreads illustrates a young dog's quest for its mom in this serviceable board book. Each interaction with an adult animal brings the puppy one step closer to finding its lost parent and educates little readers on words that describe baby animals. For example, when the adorable pup asks a cow, "Are you my mommy?" she replies, "No, I'm a cow. And." With that prompt, readers lift the flap to reveal a calf and the accompanying text: "here's my calf." The narrative and corresponding guessing game are age-appropriate if not groundbreaking. The relatively sturdy flaps are contoured to suit the bit of barnyard habitat painted on them, such as a patch of flowers that conceals the lamb and a pigpen gate. The patch of cattails in the duck pond is even a little spiky. Murphy's black-outlined illustrations are soft and friendly enough to keep little ones occupied, but the book occupies a crowded field, and with little textual flair, the flaps may not be enough to provoke repeat readings.Solid but not a standout in the genre. (Board book. 9 mos.-2) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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