Mommy?, published in 2006, uses the art of Maurice Sendak, a scenario by Arthur Yorinks, and the paper engineering of Matthew Reinhart to create a darling pop-up book that contains one word on each page until the end of the story and that page contains two words. You can't go wrong with this trio of artists.
Each page contains the work "Mommy" with a baby looking for his mommy. Each page contains a wonderful pop-up and lift the flap pop-up with delightful illustrations of monsters, mummies, wolf-men, vampires, and crazy scientists, until the end of the book when the baby finds his mommy.
My grandchildren love this book as do I. It is a work of art. It is one even the smallest child can remember the words and feel like they are reading. It does need adult supervision in order to save the paper art.
The illustration above shows the pop-up and the fold out opened.
Link to our NICU book registry if you'd like to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.
Read to a child today even if that child is you.