Mummy Wears Blue Shoes by Scott Furlong – Blog Tour Book Review
About the Book
Emily is five-years-old. She wears pink ballerina shoes and wants to be a ballerina when she grows up.
Emily’s mummy and daddy are both special police officers called detectives. Lately, Emily has noticed that her mummy hasn’t been spending time with her. She has stopped taking her to dancing lessons and her older brother, Jackson, to his rugby lessons. One night, Emily sees her mummy crying on the sofa being comforted by her daddy. At a family meeting Emily learns that her mummy is poorly with something that the doctor calls Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Mummy Wears Blue Shoes is a heart-warming story about a family who are living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is a story written about a family, for families by a family, by author Scott Furlong with illustrated by his cousin Emma Cahill.
About the Author
Scott Furlong resides in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on a 10-acre equine property. He medically retired from the Queensland Police Service after 20 years’ service with PTSD and Depression in December 2019. He was a detective for 18 years and worked in Homicide, Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Task Force, Organised Crime and Officer in Charge of a Criminal Investigation Branch. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Law and a Masters of Professional Studies (Research). His love of learning didn’t develop until he was in his early 40s. Scott’s wife was also a detective and worked in child protection. In 2011, she also medically retired from QPS with PTSD. They have one son who is 14 years old. Scott has a great love for reading and writing. He also loves cooking and sports.MUMMY WEARS BLUE SHOES is Scott’s first book.
What I Thought
Mummy Wears Blue Shoes is a charming picture book that brings some light to a dark topic. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder isn’t just a soldier’s illness, and sadly I think it’s something that might affect more people from more walks of life post covid.
Author Scott Furlong writes from personal experience and I think it’s a lovely touch that his cousin Emma Cahill drew the illustrations. She has a lovely style perfect for the age group and she is very good at emotional facial expressions which is needed to best convey this topic.
The story is well structured, with it clearly looking at what life was like before mummy got PTSD and then after. It then explores the reason for the changes.
If you want to explore a difficult topic with very young children this would be a great book to use. Children are never too young to develop empathic skills and the metaphor of shoes that runs throughout is both relatable to them and powerful, especially considering the final image.
I received a gifted copy of the book for the purposes of an honest review. Do check out the rest of the blog stops too.