Celebrate the special bond between fun-loving moms and their lucky kids in this tribute from the bestselling creators behind Because I'm Your Dad, Ahmet Zappa and Dan Santat.
What’s the best kind of mom? The kind of mom who lets you have nachos for breakfast, goes skateboarding with you at the beach, and does the dinosaur dance with you under the full moon. But best of all, she kisses away your owies, wishes upon a shooting star for you, and loves you always...for exactly who you are.
Ahmet Zappa, son of legendary rock star Frank Zappa, was inspired by his own wife and son to write this ode to moms everywhere and the unique bonds they have with their kids—perfect for Mother's Day and all year round.
About the Author
Ahmet Zappa is a New York Times bestselling author, musician, film producer, screenwriter, and radio talk show host. His first picture book, Because I’m Your Dad, is both a tribute to his happy childhood as the son of Gail and legendary rock star Frank Zappa, and a promise of love to his daughter, Halo. Zappa’s second book in this series, Because I’m Your Mom, is inspired by his wife, Shana, and their son, Arrow. Zappa grew up with a learning disability and now writes books to help children discover how wonderful reading can be. He lives in Los Angeles and loves pancakes, heavy metal, and all five of his smushy-faced dogs.
Dan Santat is the Caldecott Medal–winning and New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, Are We There Yet?, and After the Fall, as well as the graphic novels Sidekicks and The Aquanaut. He is the illustrator of many other picture books, including Because I'm Your Mom by Ahmet Zappa, Drawn Together and Lift by Minh Lê, The Alphabet’s Alphabet by Chris Harris, No More Poems! by Rhett Miller, and the Crankenstein series by Samantha Berger. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and various pets. He invites you to visit him at dansantatbooks.com, or on Twitter and Instagram at @dsantat.
Praise for Because I'm Your Dad:
"A rowdy catalogue of Dad moments gets enacted by a creature who resembles a green '60s-era Nauga monster and his purple (gender-neutral) offspring, in this picture book from the son of the late Frank Zappa (and a father himself)....Throughout, Zappa and Santat maintain an entertaining balance between sweet and goofy, protective and raucous." —Publishers Weekly
"Zappa presents a daddy monster who tickles, plays games, plans fun-filled excursions, and offers spaghetti for breakfast and ice cream in the tub....Young children will probably giggle and warm up to the monster dad, who appears more silly than scary in Santat's exuberant illustrations." —School Library Journal
"Unbashed sentimentality dominates the text in this loving promise from a father to his children....Zappa wrote this story for his daughter, and it overflows with genuine fatherly affection that he would like to pass on, since his father (avant-garde rocker Frank Zappa) did the same for him." —Kirkus Reviews
"The story's playful elements will amuse, entertain, and reassure, all while highlighting how special one-on-one time with a parent can be."—Booklist
"For Zappa fans, a book to rejoice in."—Kirkus Reviews
"Pure fun for readers with a lovable message that will appeal to all. A lovely addition to the library."—School Library Journal
"A lively accounting of a parent’s promises that subverts typical sentiments around the titular phrase."—Publishers Weekly