Best Mother
  • Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • Publication Date: April 3, 2018
  • Price: $16.99
  • Trim Size: 8 12 x 10 12
  • ISBN: 978-1-4197-2534-0
  • EAN: 9781419725340
  • Page Count: 32
  • Illustrations: full-color illustrations
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rights: World English
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When Maxine wakes up on the wrong side of the bed one morning, she wonders if the problem might be her mother. What if she could try out a new mom who doesn’t make her brush her teeth or comb her hair? Enlisting Mom to help her with the search, Maxine interviews various prospects to be her new mother at the park, the toy store, and the zoo. Unfortunately, these other mothers present a host of new problems and concerns. Maybe her “old mother” was the best mother of all? For every child who’s ever wondered if the grass is greener, The Best Mother affirms that there’s nothing better than your own mother’s love.

Praise

"Goode's pen-and-ink, watercolor, gouache, and pastel illustrations emphasize relationships and emotions . . . A delightful look at a what-if all children have considered, if not acted upon."
Kirkus Reviews
"Surrisi’s concise writing explores this universal theme in a fresh way . . . Goode’s recognizable pen-and-ink drawings with watercolor, gouache, and pastel suit the humorous and heartfelt story."
School Library Journal

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About the author

C. M. Surrisi holds an MFA from Vermont College in children’s literature and is the author of the middle-grade novel The Maypop Kidnapping. She lives in Minneapolis, MN. Diane Goode has illustrated more than 50 beloved and critically acclaimed picture books, including the New York Times bestseller Founding Mothers and the Caldecott Honor book When I Was Young in the Mountains.