Missing Mummy: A Book About Bereavement

Missing Mummy: A Book About Bereavement

By Author / Illustrator

Rebecca Cobb


Friends and family

Age range(s)



Pan Macmillan




Paperback / softback




Written and illustrated by the talented and award-winning author-illustrator Rebecca Cobb, this extraordinary book deals with the loss of a parent from a child's point of view. Perfectly pitched text and evocative artwork explore the many emotions a bereaved child may experience, from anger to guilt and from sadness to bewilderment. And importantly, the book also focuses on the positive - the recognition that the child is still part of a family, and that his memories of his mother are to be treasured.

Beautifully illustrated with moments of wonderful warmth and the gentlest humour, Missing Mummy is a touching, honest and helpful book that approaches a difficult subject with great integrity.



With the opening line of 'some time ago we said goodbye to Mummy. I am not sure where she has gone', the reader is drawn into the range of emotions felt by a young boy (about three) who is trying to understand and come to terms with his mother's death. The beautiful colour illustrations, also done by Cobb, are touching especially the ones of him looking behind the settee and under the bed to the words, 'I have tried looking for her'. Its gentle humour, simple language, and eloquent tone, all add to the (child or adult) reader's emotional response to this sensitively told story, which definitely makes it a discussion read and not a readalone. The range of topics addressed are surprisingly numerous, especially because of the brevity of the text, the fear, anger, guilt, and jealousy that the child feels are addressed as well as the importance of talking about the person gone, crying, sharing memories and looking at photographs, talking to people, helping each other, and also just being alone sometimes. The book has no overt spiritual or religious element, such as an idea of heaven, so could be used by a wide range of people; it is not about what happens when you die but how you deal with your grief. Supported by the Child Bereavement Charity, who are creating a guide to go alongside it, Cobb's debut solo book is a valuable tool to add to the other children's books on this subject, and is memorable, simple, and ultimately a very positive book. Reviewed by Natalie Plimmer

Suggested Reading Age 3+


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