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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Mommy's Oven is a nonfiction picture book for children written by Brandi Pearce and illustrated by Nazar Horokhivskyi. August was a little boy who loved his big, extended family, filled with cousins, aunts and uncles, grandmothers and grandfathers. The only thing he was missing, being an only child, was a brother or a sister. Then one day his parents had exciting news for him. August was going to have a new baby brother or sister! His parents explained his mom wasn’t going to have the baby, but that his sibling would be made with the same ingredients that he was made from. They explained how making a baby was a lot like making a cake. You measure and add ingredients and then put the batter in the oven. Since August’s mommy’s oven was broken, a nice lady named Julia was going to make the baby in her oven instead. But would it still be August’s brother and sister? Could they take him or her home with them? And was it a boy or a girl?
Brandi Pearce’s Mommy’s Oven offers parents and caregivers a marvelous means to explain the miracle of surrogate birth to young readers. The cake analogy gets across the message about genetics and inherited traits in language and concepts kids can understand. I love how the parents bring their son cake and sit down with him to prepare him for the new arrival and have him feel he is a part of the whole process. Nazar Horokhivskyi’s illustrations enhance the story and the underlying message. They do a grand job of charting August’s reactions to the news and his growing excitement about the birth of his new sibling. Mommy’s Oven is highly recommended.