My Mum Says the Strangest Things

Written by Katrina Germein
Illustrated by Tom Jellett

For ages 5 to 8

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This book is best for:
  • figurative language - idioms


When I daydream, Mum says I’m away with the pixies. When I’m excited, Mum says I have ants in my pants. Cross Mum tells me to pull my socks up, even when I’m not wearing any. My mum says the strangest things.

My Mum Says the Strangest Things is a book that both children and their parents will relate to as they come across some of the favourite sayings used in their household. This is a fantastic book for exploring the common idioms children may come across in everyday conversations. All the classics are in this book, including “your room is a pigsty”, “ants in your pants”, “can’t hear myself think”, “pull up your socks” and much more!

For further speech and language targets in My Mum Says the Strangest Things, see the list below.

Book Details

Narrative Structure: Reaction Sequence

Story Plot: Repetitive Tale

  • family
  • mothers

Speech and Language Targets

Speech Sounds:
  • /m/ - my, me, make, mum, sometimes
  • superlative (strangest)
  • possessive pronouns (my)
  • subjective pronouns (I)
  • third person singular tense
  • making inferences
  • figurative language (idioms)
  • temporal (when)
  • family dynamics
  • direct character speech
Book Info

Published by Walker Books Australia in 2016 (ISBN: 9781925126310)

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