Where’s My Mummy?
Words by Carolyn Crimi
Illustrated by John Manders
Where’s My Mummy is a rhythmic story about a little baby mummy who wants to play hide-and-seek with his mama mummy. The story is simple, he runs to hide but when he can’t find mama he looks and instead finds his neighbors, but it grabs young listeners and is a fun re-read (yes, even for grownups).
Little baby mummy isn’t scared even though he’s tromping around in spooky places like dark woods and swamps. It gives a little bit of tension, but doesn’t get scary, which is the perfect balance for kids who like “creepy” books. It’s not explicitly for Halloween, but could be read at that time of year.
The humor, onomatopoeia, and line repetition build together to make each page familiar enough that kids can join in, but different enough that each page stands on it’s own.
The artwork helps to build the “oh my, is it going to be scary?” feel before the page turns by showing the “spooky” location, but it’s so cute and adorable that it’s never actually scary. Seeing a skeleton gargle with goo and a little mummy brushing teeth is great, visual, kid-friendly humor.
I liked the twist at the end of what little baby mummy is afraid of, but big mama mummy is there to comfort and make it all better.
Overall, because “creepy/spooky” books are a big hit here (like Oliver and Amanda’s Halloween and Creepy Carrots) this is one I decided to buy. It’s a good read aloud for preschoolers and up.