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Liz Climo’s New Picture Book for Adults Is the Content Parents Need

Composed entirely of illustrations of baby animals and their mamas, the book provides a hilarious, but honest look at motherhood.
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By Nehal Aggarwal, Editor
Updated May 15, 2020
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Image: Courtesy of Flatiron Books / Illustrated by Liz Climo

We all need a little more laughter right now and international bestselling author and cartoonist Liz Climo is bringing just the thing to parents. Early last month, she released a new picture book for adults, YOU’RE MOM, that explores the ups and downs of parenting.

Image: Courtesy of Flatiron Books / Illustrated by Liz Climo

The book is composed of illustrations of baby animals and their moms, showing that mother’s come in all different shapes, sizes and even species. It provides an honest look at motherhood, touching upon subjects that range from sleep deprivation to adoption to teenage drama.

Image: Courtesy of Flatiron Books / Illustrated by Liz Climo

The images include a mama pig surrounded by her piglets, all of which are calling out for her, a mama bird being woken up by the squawk of her young, an ostrich aghast over losing feathers from her head as her babies watch in the background and a mom racoon, who’s child is perched up on her head.

Image: Courtesy of Flatiron Books / Illustrated by Liz Climo

Climo, whose previous work includes serving as a character artist on The Simpsons, began creating these whimsical illustrations after being inspired by her own journey as a mom. To date, she has created over 100 that detail the various forms maternal figures can take—and the scary, sticky, sweet surprises that come along with motherhood and parenting. Her previous picture books include the Rory the Dinosaur series, Lobster Is the Best Medicine, and Best Bear Ever!.

YOU’RE MOM is available to order now.

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