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About the Book
Title: Mama’s Purse
Author: A.J. Irving
Illustrator: Rick Thomson
Publication Date: May 10, 2013
WHAT’S IN MY MAMA’S PURSE? Much more than bandages and bananas! You won’t believe your eyes because so much fun hides in my mama’s purse.
From a yellow moose and a caboose made of juice to a trout and numbers to count, Mama’s purse is full of super silly surprises. You’ll never guess what zooms out next!
Mama’s Purse has been named among the best in family-friendly media, products and services by the Mom’s Choice Awards® Other awards include Top 10 Idaho Author and Top 5 Idaho Book.
My Thoughts: Mama’s Purse celebrates a soaring and vivid imagination. Author A.J. Irving takes the reader on a magical ride inside of Mama’s Purse where you will find more than just breath mints, pens, tissue, and band-aids (not that those items are in MY purse! *ahem*). As you turn each page, you will discover something wilder and wackier each time. From bassoons and goons to a plane and chow mein there are plenty of opportunities for young children to expand their minds and vocabulary.
Along with the wildly creative animals, food, actions, objects, and concepts in the book come some bright, colourful, computer-generated illustrations. I think young children would really be drawn to the images and could spend considerable time perusing them.
The book features rhyming verse and for the most part, the rhyming is really good, but there are a few spots that perhaps lack some cadence. This becomes more noticeable when you try to read it out loud to children and you stumble over words trying to keep the rhythm going. Overall though, it’s very well done.
My Bottom Line: Overall, this is a creative and fun book to read to young children. It also opens up a discussion to stretch children’s imagination by asking “What would you find in YOUR Mama’s Purse?” The wackier, the better! This is a sweet little picture book that I think young children (aged 2 to 5) would enjoy reading with their parents (especially with Mama!)
*** This book was provided to us free-of-charge by the author in exchange for an honest review.***
About the Author
Author A.J. Irving. I spent my childhood in Boise, Idaho, catching grasshoppers and writing stories. My biggest dream in the whole world was to be a writer. My first published work, a poem about my mom, appeared in Writing Without Walls when I was in elementary school. My mom still has a framed copy of the poem in the living room.
In junior high school, I played sports and wrote for the school newspaper. When I grew up, I wanted to move to the Big Apple and write for the New York Times. So my grandpa and I took a trip back east to meet the New York Times Sports Editor. I shook his hand and told him I would be back in ten years for a job.
My determination to be a writer continued in high school when I contributed to my school newspaper as a photographer, reporter, and editor. My mom is so proud of all the newspaper awards that I won in high school … they are still on display in my old bedroom.
I decided New York City was too far away from my family, so I enrolled in the School of Journalism at the University of Oregon. My desire for a more creative writing style led me to consider a different path: magazine writing. After I graduated, my first magazine article was published in Midwifery Today.
I received a B.A. in Journalism and Women’s Studies from the University of Oregon. My entire family was very excited when I earned membership into Kappa Tau Alpha, a college honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication.
In 2008, my husband and I started a family. I put down my pen and focused on reading books to our son. The excitement in his eyes inspired me to start writing children’s books. Now I can’t stop. When I’m not writing, I enjoy catching grasshoppers with my husband, Ian, and our son, Mason, in our big back yard in Idaho.