Saturday, August 20, 2016

Review: Even Mummy Cries

Even Mummy Cries by Naomi Hunter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**I received a ecopy in exchange for my honest review from the publisher** Thank you!

Our mummy says she loves us MORE than a GAZILLION BILLION TRILLION plus INFINITY. She says that we are the CLEVEREST kids that she has ever known.
Then sometimes we notice our mummy feeling sad. Our mummy’s sadness EXPLODES, and she cries. It feels strange … and a bit scary.
A gentle book reassuring children they are not to blame for any sadness experienced by their parents and encourages parents to openly express their sadness with their kids without feeling guilt or shame.

Cover: Fitting
Rating: 4 stars
Overall: When a parent cries, it's often not the child's fault.
Characters: Good
Plot: To help children when their mother (or parent) is going through a dark time
Recommend: Yes
Source: Empowering Resources publisher

I had mixed feeling on this one too. I agree with the message, when mothers cry, and more so when they are depressed, it's not the child's fault. I also feel though that it should encourage those suffering with depression to seek help. My mother suffers from depression, and I am bipolar, and I know what it's like to have your mother in that dark place. I feel it glosses over everything and acts like it just goes away. Sometimes though I think the children need to be told that it's not their fault, but that their mothers are sick, and I feel mental illness is hidden, or ignored too often. I think children have the right to know as much as anyone else. I enjoyed this book, but like many other things, they glossed over the mother's depression as if it isn't important, and I feel it's a missed opportunity to introduce children to depression, not in depth, but even to mention that it is common, and isn't something to be ashamed of.

Overall I think this is another great resource, and just wish it told a little more about the next steps. I think this, and similar books are needed, and children need to know and be taught what's right and good, and what's not. To me this still feels like it's hiding the fact that sometimes people really need help, and the children should be told that seeking help isn't a bad thing, or something to be avoided. I feel that the way this book showed sadness, and feeling down, is that it last for a short time, then its all sunshine and laughter, and sometimes it's more. I know the children can't control that, but I also feel they should be told that sometimes, people need help, and that there is no shame in admitting you need help, or in asking for help.

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About the Author:  
Naomi Hunter  - 
I am an enthusiastic, friendly and warm-spirited woman who is passionate about being the best individual I can be. I have an honors bachelor degree in Primary Education and am embarking on the author's platform in the hope to nurture and instill courage into young lives.

My dream is to write about sensitive topics in a way to bring about freedom, love and warmth, empowering my readers with effective communication and dialogue in which to discuss difficult issues.

I am the mother of an inspiring five-year-old daughter and the wife to an incredibly supportive and amazing husband. We are about to embark on our global adventure of traveling the world together, living and loving life to its fullest abundance!

First destination... Tanzania, Africa! Volunteering our teaching expertise in a little school called The Steven Tito Academy.

It is also the beginning of my books going GLOBAL!

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About the Publisher:

Empowering Resources (independent publisher)


We are a specialist publisher that produces, promotes and manages books and speaker events. Offering consultation, representation, promotion, manufacturing and distribution for those who have a story to share.


We specialize in publishing and promoting books that nurture, educate and empower kids and adults.

Our Mission

Our mission is to be a leader of dialogue. To be a voice. To provide resources that initiate conversations in the home and in the media. We lead dialogue by representing authors and speakers who have a story to share. We provide resources that help people of any age understand complex emotional and psychological issues. Our dialogue is structured for a child’s level of understanding.

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