No Mush Today

By Jama Rattigan’s Alphabet Soup

A satisfying meal for picture book fans needing some familial reassurance. . . . Written in spare text that conveys believable, child-centric emotion with a splash of Southern dialect, No Mush Today is beautifully illustrated in soft watercolors by Nicole Tadgell. Tadgell expands the narrative by creating a context of loving communion, a small town backdrop of good folk and simple pleasures. The warmth of family radiates in spreads showing neighbors and church friends greeting each other with big smiles and hugs. And then there’s Nonie’s toy duck, which young eyes will follow with great interest. . . . Take your time with this book in order to fully appreciate its riches. The children you share it with will likely say, ‘More mush today!’