This is the best Mother's Day-themed book I've ever read, picture book or otherwise. It's simple, cute, witty, nicely illustrated, hilarious, genius, great for boys.. just great, in general.
The plot itself is simple enough. A boy explains what NOT to give your Mother for Mother's Day--for example, "Do NOT give her a bucket of big, fat worms..."--but then clever adds: "unless she is a bird."
Everybody knows you gotta add animals to a picture book to make it, and it works here too, but more than that I think it speaks a message of diversity which is very important. Families are all different and Mothers are all different. I love that this book says that without really saying it. It's also hilarious, because what isn't funnier than a little boy innocently giving nasty Mother's Day gifts?
Overall, this is a wonderful book that will instantly become a Mother's Day tradition. What's more, I think it's smart enough that youngsters will want to read it year round. The illustrations are great fun and the story is a joy to read aloud. I highly recommend it!