The Magic of Mums

By Justin Coe
Illustrated by Steve Wells

Action Man, please move over
You're nothing but a plastic poser
If there's a job that you need done
The one you want is Action Mum

… and she is just one of around 40 different sorts of mums celebrated in this thoughtful, funny and heartwarming collection.

Not just a great gift for Mother's Day or her birthday but for all the other days as well.




Age 7+

Feb 6, 2020





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"Tender, witty and observant verses featuring 50 different mums, paired with cartoonish black-and white illustrations."

The Bookseller


"The book moves through well-judged shades of humour, light and sadness. It doesn't shy from complex issues...Throughout, Steve Wells' sparky illustrations emphasise the inclusive nature of the book, one that is charged with humour and love."

Reading Zone - 5 star review


"An absolute gem. It's witty, wise and heart-warming."

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Justin Coe


Justin Coe is a performance poet on a mission to reconnect people with poetry and poetry with people. A regular and popular performer in schools, theatres and community settings, he has entertained everywhere from Sheppey to Shanghai and from the Savoy Hotel to street corners, steam trains and a sitting-room made entirely out of newspaper. He first dreamt of writing a book when he was five years old. In 2020 he added The Magic of Mums to his published books. Justin Coe lives in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

Steve Wells


Steve Wells is a designer and illustrator. He has designed over 200 book covers and his spontaneous and scratchy illustrations have appeared in more than a dozen books and have been published around the world. He lives in Bath with his wife and three children, one cat and a lizard.


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