My Mommy's Tote
by P.H. Hanson
Mommy's totes are always black holes for keys, lipsticks, stray paper clips, dogearred photos and whatnot. I'm not sure that a cardboard version can compete with the real thing, but Hanson has fun with it, and at least this version doesn't leak cookie crumbs or ink.
Part board book and part toy, it comes with the standard warning about small parts, not for children under 3, etc. But the sturdy cardboard construction should withstand mauling by eager toddlers. Each "page" or fold in the tote holds items you'd typically find, like a wallet or cell phone, and some surprises, like a wounded teddy bear or stray stiletto shoe. The text heaps praise on Mommy and daughter, or provides a humorous aside:
My Mommy says 'always put your best foot forward."
Maybe that's why she has so many shoes.
Flaps open within flaps making peaking fun and keeps the surprises coming, though with all the loving plaudits for Mommy, it may feel as much like a big, slurpy kiss for Mother's Day as a treat for the kids.