Oh My, Oh No!

Oh My, Oh No!

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When disaster results every time a little girl tries to do nice things for her mother, she finds that although her mother doesn't understand her intentions, she loves her anyway.

Perseus Publishing

I like to be just like Mommy. When I go to drink her coffee, she says,

Oh My, Oh No! Coffee is yucky!

And when I surprise her with a cake, she says,

Oh My, Oh No! There's flour all over the kitchen!

Mommy and I don't always see eye to eye. But when I go to hug her and she smiles, I know that Mommy loves me. And that's the most important thing of all.

Publisher: Philadelphia :, RP Kids,, 2014
ISBN: 9780762454099
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm


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Feb 01, 2015

The little girl in this story questions why her mom says oh my, oh no about so many things that don't make sense. Mommy says don't drink coffee because it is yucky, but then why does she drink it? She says why are you giving your cake to the cat, but the cat is hungry. She says, oh my oh no when the girl tries to clean the floor but makes a mess. She is just trying to be helpful. The girl thinks that being a grown up keeps her mom from understanding her world, but mommy understands how to love her and that is the most important thing.

The illustrations look to be a combination of watercolor, pastel, and pencil. They are soft in appearance and although fun and interesting, they are a bit busy in some spots for a young children's book. The story is translated from French. This takes away from the flow of the story.

This is a cute book from the perspective of a little girl. She is trying to understand why her mom does not want her to do the things she does when they make perfect sense to her. The only thing that doesn't match for me in this book is it is advertized for the littlest ones (ages 2-6) but there is mature irony throughout the story. For instance when the little girl plays dress up with her mom's makeup and clothing as a surprise and the mom gets upset, the girl says, "My surprise sure was a big success." I would also recommend explaining the difference between what the little girl is doing and what she should be doing as you read along so moms do not find themselves with little ones painting on the walls or filling the toilet with rolls of toilet paper.

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