Anything with a witty, droll sense of humour has My Book Corner swiftly paying attention, and we couldn't help ourselves from emitting muffled giggles when reading this one.
Mothers don't always want the pastel tea cups, lavender (really!?!), safe, normal, status quo - they are real people underneath that label, as lovely as it may be. Consequently this hilarious book by Doug Macleod, one of Australia's leading writers of comedy (think Kath and Kim, Fast Forward), hits the nail firmly on the funny bone.
Mum lies in bed and thinks through the impending 'delights' that await her on Mother's Day ...
"A pottery teacup
From art class at school
And Mum would say, 'Lovely!'
Since honesty's cruel."
The rhyme, the rhythm, the humour, the candour will have you submitting to guilty giggles. Smirk and smile as MacLeod takes you through the burnt breakfast and kitchen mayhem. This is closely followed by a DVD featuring vampires (!?), but don't worry dinner is organised ... with a little help from the telephone.
No selfish grumbles here, just a funny tale with tongue planted firmly in cheek.
Judy Horacek, the talented Australian cartoonist who illustrated Mem Fox's Where is the Green Sheep?, produces witty illustrations to compound the humour generated by MacLeod's words. Really, the front cover says it all!! However it's that final picture framed image that did it for us.
Relax, put your feet up and have a read ... and giggle about all that makes this day so 'special'. Know any mothers? Give them this, no lavender pot pourri, thank you!
The Night Before Mother's Day is a featured titled on our list of the Best Mother's Day Books. You can view all our suggestions here.