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First Rhyme Mom

"First Rhyme Mum is an entertaining poetic journey through pregnancy and early motherhood."

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First Rhyme Mum is an entertaining journey through pregnancy and early motherhood - it made me laugh and reminisce. There are 40 poems in the book - all are fun, relatable and (mainly) humorous, covering wide-ranging topics that you wouldn’t usually expect to find in poetic form, such as needing a wee, a mother’s ‘baby brain’, the job description of motherhood, night shifts and ‘to-do lists’.

The poems contain acute observations of everyday life and are varied and very well written, combining simple words to create powerful imagery. I could sense the emotion behind each poem - the excitement yet worry of the 40 weeks of pregnancy and the exhaustion and elation once baby arrives, all bound together by a mother’s love. 

I was particularly impressed by how the author fits so much descriptive language into each poem while still ensuring that each one manages to give a sense of rhythm and rhyme (even if this doesn’t always match exactly). It reminded me of some of Pam Ayres’s poems, with its sense of humour and laugh-out-loud moments.  

 

The book is easy to dip in and out of - each poem is short enough to slot into a few minutes during a busy day. It’s a lovely gift for new parents to remind them that they’re not alone and that others are going through the same emotional ups and downs. It also has wider-ranging appeal, as it reminded me of my own pregnancy experiences and made me chuckle as I recalled stories of early parenthood (my children are now in their mid to late teens). My only regret is that the book ended too soon, but fortunately there are more books on their way.

Victoria Goldman

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It’s a real talent to be able to put everything into a rhyme, but the author manages it in a very informative and humorous way, keeping you gripped all the way through; so much so I had finished the book before I knew it.

As I’m due to become a first time mum myself in a few weeks, I was intrigued by this book and the author’s perspective.  It is split into two halves, one half about pregnancy and the other half about the first few months of motherhood.  From the outset, I identified with a lot of what she was saying (about the pregnancy side) and it made me laugh a lot! 

It’s a real talent to be able to put everything into a rhyme, but the author manages it in a very informative and humorous way, keeping you gripped all the way through; so much so I had finished the book before I knew it.

This is a really easy book to dip in and out of or read in one session and would highly recommend it for

Nicola Cohen

A fun collection of poems told from a mother's perspective about pregnancy, birth and life post-baby. Some funny, some more contemplative. As a mother of two myself, I found them all very relatable.

A fun collection of poems told from a mother's perspective about pregnancy, birth and life post-baby. Some funny, some more contemplative. As a mother of two myself, I found them all very relatable. Some were a little clichèd especially Motherhood which seemed like a common Facebook viral thread. Others, like Core Thread, were more heartfelt.

Sarah Mills