You Be Mommy
You Be Mommy
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You Be Mommy

Written by Karla Clark & illustrated by Zoe Persico
Published by Feiwel & Friends
Prices as of Jun 20

What Does Bookroo Think of You Be Mommy

A story as charming and cozy as a loving mother herself.

In a celebration of mothers, this story beautifully captures their mammoth efforts and subsequent exhaustion in an upbeat and utterly sweet way. Opening immediately with the story’s premise “Mommy’s too tired to be Mommy tonight. / Can you be Mommy and hold me tight?” the (suggestively single) mother playfully entreats her young daughter to swap her roles for the evening, flipping back and forth between listing the things she has already accomplished today (working at the computer store, shepherding children to extracurriculars, providing dinner and cleaning up) and the one thing yet to be accomplished—the bedtime routine. While not all the rhymes are perfect or super original, the flow of the text doesn’t distract from the book’s tone or sweetness. The featured mom is soft and cozy—perfect for mom hugs—and not idealistically slender, and her facial expressions throughout are utterly relatable, reminding readers that mothers have their own emotions as well as boundless love. The pink-hued color palette is both cozy and hip (much like the mom herself), and the foliage (both potted and creeping in onto the pages unexplainably) adds to the sense of simultaneous idealism and realism the story represents.

What Kind of Book is You Be Mommy

Primarily about

Linguistic Styles

Where Does You Be Mommy Stand Out

  • Everyday Core Feeling

    The “Everyday Core Feeling” badge is awarded to exceptional books addressing common but powerful feelings.

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • The Mommy in this story is so exhausted from doing all of her Mommy jobs. What are some of the things that your Mommy does for you that could make her tired? What can you do for your mom to help her out?
  • If you were going to be the Mommy at your house, what would be your favorite thing to do? Your least favorite thing to do?


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The Creatives Behind the Book

What Has Zoe Persico Said About This Book

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What Has Karla Clark Said About This Book

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Where does the Mommy work?
  1. A
    clothing store
  2. B
    computer store
  3. C
    pet store
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Book Details

Publication Date
March 31, 2020
Reading Age
2 - 6 years

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Depth Score - 46%

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