Just Like Mommy

Lucy Freegard (Author)
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Who wouldn't want to be just like Mommy, when she's so wonderful? This delightfully illustrated picture book follows a child's love for their mother.

Mommy's smart and creative, practical and imaginative--and she always finds a reason to be playful and laugh! She knows all about the stars in the sky, how to grow her own food, and make music. Whether the day is fantastic or frustrating, mom can turn disaster into joy, and tears into laughter. This celebration of moms is beautiful, funny, and touching.

Product Details

Sterling Children's Books
Publish Date
March 05, 2019
8.8 X 0.5 X 11.2 inches | 1.05 pounds
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About the Author

Lucy Freegard has an MA in children's book illustration from Cambridge School of Art and a degree in illustration from Cardiff School of Art & Design. She has worked on a range of projects, from writing and illustrating picture books to designing soft toys and greeting cards, from her studio in East London.


"A cheetah cub learning from their Mommy expresses the many things they will be able to do when they grow up. Based on what their Mommy does/knows, this cub will know about the Earth, the oceans, and the night skies, pictured in the watercolor illustrations with the two visiting a dinosaur exhibit, snorkeling, and viewing the stars on a backyard campout. They will also learn to 'be practical and creative, ' growing their own food and making music; to find reasons for laughter despite mishap; and that a cuddle is perhaps the best antidote to regrettable actions. This mother (she is the only adult depicted; other kids in the illustrations are diverse species) is involved in her child's life in a positive way, interacting with both her own child and others' during trips to the playground, birthday parties, and what appears to be a Scout-like outing. The cub, who narrates, is not gendered, and the activities that Mommy takes part in are not limited to stereotypically feminine ones. Companion title Just Like Daddy is similar, focusing on a raccoon duo who sport bow ties. A celebration of all the small things (which are really the big things after all) of ordinary parenting that add up to make our world a better place." --Kirkus

"An anthropomorphic leopard child doesn't want to be a doctor, astronaut, or firefighter--instead, 'When I grow up, I want to be... just like Mommy!' By following her lead, the child learns about the earth at a natural history museum and under the night sky as well as how to garden and play a stringed instrument, and how to head out on an adventure. She's also great at giving cuddles, and 'is always ready for fun, just like me!' In Freegard's light, playful art, Mommy dresses in zebra-print rain boots, a clown wig, overalls, and even in disco garb. Readers will grasp the significance of a mother's many roles. . . . Also available: Just Like Daddy." --Publishers Weekly