My Mum Is A Lioness
Haddow’s picturebook explores a young boy’s relationship with his lioness-like mother. The story takes us on a journey of his day-to-day life in the world of this loud and proud woman and her interactions with her son, their family and community. At first it would appear that the boy is a little bit afraid of his mum, but this turns out to be very far from the case. As things unfold it becomes clear why she takes on the form of a lioness in this young boy’s mind: she is fierce and brave and, most importantly, incredibly loving.
Adeola’s illustrations lend a lot of fun to the story. The style and colours are full of exuberance, really bringing to life this lioness of a mother and her happy home. The characters almost bounce out of the page at us as we see in jubilant colour how days are spent with the boy’s mum, hunting children and grownups alike!
The boy brags to us that his lioness mum roars as loud as she can in support of him no matter what he does. Not only this, but she continues to be loud in her proud showcasing of all of his achievements. As the story goes on, we see that this boy has just as deep a love and admiration for his mother as she does for him. My Mum is a Lioness shows us that no matter how loud, how fierce, this kind of love is something to be proud of.