Thursday, February 28, 2013

Oh, The Things My Mom Will Do

Oh, The Things My Mom Will Do
Author and Illustrator: Marianne Richmond
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 9781402282157

“Oh, the things my mom will do... because she loves me through and through!”
A smiling mother stands on the front porch of her family home with the beloved family dog and waves goodbye to her children as they find their way off to school. Touching imagery of course, but what was left out of that description is something to which parents can all relate. Imagine that same mother but with frazzled hair, a ragged old housecoat and only one slipper situated on her foot. That is the image displayed on the opening page of Oh, The Things My Mom Will Do.
“Our family’s busy every day. Seems mom is gone a lot. She asks me to please understand. I pretend, but I do not.”
In Miss Richmond’s newest book, we read the story of a typical child who cheerfully goes to school without their lunch kit, misplaces toys, forgets Important school assignments until the day before its due and, of course, spreads worms out onto the carpet. Through it all is an amazingly wondrous mother who is always there to chase after the bus in her jammies, sans slipper, to make sure her child has lunch. A mother who loses sleep while making a special costume for a school play and makes pet invertebrates a home inside her home. She also finds teddy before bed, makes it to the party on time, and at the end of the day, is there to tuck you in and say goodnight.
A mother’s work is never done and often goes unnoticed. Sometimes, when life feels rushed and hectic and Junior really does forget his bear in the grocery store shopping cart, mom has to search through every single cart in the corral before it shows up…these are the moments that mom’s might chalk up to as an “experience”, but it’ll be a moment in time that a child will remember forever. Maybe even a story to tell their grandchildren one day when expressing their love for the older generation of family members, all because mom managed to save the day…again.
Oh, The Things My Mom Will Do is a remarkably illustrated, poignantly written hardcover children’s book with recognizable experiences that will tug at any parent’s heart and resplendent imagery that will occupy a child’s mind. While this book is meant for children ages 4 and up, a child of a younger age will also be able to perceive the imagery and possibly tell the story through pictures. The author is able to show children that they shouldn't take their mother for granted and understand that even in her absence her thoughts are always on the well-being of her child.
“I hope you know how much you’re loved. Yes, through and through and THROUGH. And no matter what the days do bring, I’ll do anything for you!”
Did you know that Miss Richmond’s last two books sold more than 226,000 copies? Not too shabby! Her other works include, If I Could Keep You Little, I Love You So, I Believe in You and many many more. You can find them at independent book stores, Barnes and Noble and online sites such as,, available for pre-order.


  1. I did not know that Miss Richmonds books were so popular! We will definitely check these out :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hello Reshama! Yes, please acquaint yourself with some of my titles! Kindly, Marianne Richmond

  3. I can totally relate! It's so true all the sacrifices we willingly make for our children just because we love them so much. Glad to see there's a book portraying this and it sounds like the author did a great job! Thanks for sharing your post in the Kid Lit Blog Hop! :)

  4. What a sweet message for a children's book! Thanks for sharing this with the Kid Lit Blog Hop!