Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Book Review: Once There Was a Mom by Emily Watts; Illustrated by Destin Cox

Once There Was a Mom, by Emily Watts; Illustrated by Destin Cox
2017, 48p, Inspirational
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way

The truth is, little things are much more important than we may think. For every mom who has ever wondered if all she does in a day makes a difference, this tender gift book offers hope and encouragement sure to bring a smile to her face.

Once There Was a Mom offers hope and encouragement to all mothers. Written by someone who, like you, has read story after story, sung lullaby after lullaby, and even taken the batteries out of the toys once in a while! The truth is, little things are much more important than we may think. With contemporary, stylized illustrations by artist Destin Cox, this charming gift book will bring a smile to the face of mothers of any age.

This book is a lot of fun to read! It's a reminder of all the things we do as mothers. It includes the happy, dreamy part, as well as the realistic one, so there is plenty of humor. It's a book that all mothers will relate to, with a tender message included at the end.

It's short, so it will literally take five minutes to read, and is a book you will want to read again and again. I love the size and quality of the book. I also love the illustrations and thought they helped bring the message to life. This will make a great Mother's Day gift! I will reach for this book whenever I start to feel discouraged about motherhood for a reminder of the bigger picture of this important responsibility!

About the Author:

Emily Watts is the joyful mother of five children and grandmother of ten (so far). Her lifelong fascination with words led her to a career in editing. She has worked for more than thirty-five years in the publishing department at Deseret Book Company, working from home part-time for many of those years so she could be with her family. She is now executive editor at Deseret Book as well as a favorite Time Out for Women speaker and the author of several books, including The Slow-Ripening Fruits of Mothering and I Hate It When Exercise Is the Answer: A Fitness Program for the Soul. Emily and her husband, Larry, live in Taylorsville, Utah.

About the Illustrator:

Destin Cox is a new dad excited for the day his daughter can hold a pencil so they can draw pictures together. His childhood focus on doodling in the margins rather than doing the homework on the page eventually landed him a career in design and illustration. He is currently a creative director for an ad agency. Destin grew up in Delaware, of all places, and loves his cheesesteaks and his Eagles. He now lives in Salt Lake City with his wonderful wife, Tracy, and their daughter, Prudence.


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