Mummy Don't Go Out Tonight by Sally Gardner


Mummy Don't Go Out Tonight by Sally Gardner

A little girl is worried that her mother is going out for the evening and her worries soon take on an epic scale. Maybe her mother will be kidnapped, or eaten by giants, or even worse, maybe her mother will run away and not come back...But her mother is going to go out and have fun and soon the little girl is finding distraction in the form of a very playful babysitter. When the girl's mother returns at the end of the evening both parent and child have had a lovely time.


A problem familiar to many mothers of young children is the desire to have grown-up time away from the family and the anxiety of the little one left behind. Just how mummy solves this problem makes for a charming read. The trials of the babysitter will be familiar to all, as will the little girl's sudden realization that babysitters can be a softer touch than mummy. With a deft and humorous touch Sally Gardner takes an everyday situation and turns it into a tale of magic and real emotion. The author's illustrations are a joy, managing to combine the everyday with the fairylike and fantastical. A must-read for every child who's ever said, 'Mummy, don't go out tonight.

-4 (Kirkus UK)

About the Author

Sally Gardner

Sally Gardner is an award-winning novelist from London. Her books have been translated into 22 languages and have sold more than one million copies in the UK.

Her historical novel for older readers, I, Coriander, won the Smarties Children's Book Prize in 2005. Two thrillers both set at the time of the French Revolution, The Red Necklace and The Silver Blade, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 2009, followed. Actor Dominic West (The Wire) has bought the film rights to both titles.

Her YA novel, The Double Shadow, was published in 2011 to critical acclaim. Sally Gardner's stories for middle readers include Lucy Willow and the popular Magical Children series of six titles: The Strongest Girl in the World, The Invisible Boy, The Boy with Magic Numbers, The Smallest Girl in the World, The Boy with the Lightning Feet, and The Boy who could Fly, which are also available as audio books. She has also written and illustrated picture books including The Fairy Catalogue, The Glass Heart, The Book of Princesses and Playtime Rhymes. Sally Gardner continues to be an avid spokesperson for dyslexia, working to change the way it is perceived by society. She is dyslexic and argues that it is not a disability, but a gift.

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32 pages


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Publication date

6th October 2003



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