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My Mom Loves Me More Than Sushi

by (author) Filomena Gomes

illustrated by Ashley Spires

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2006
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2006
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 8


In this utterly delicious book, a little girl and her mom learn about fabulous foods from around the world. Sushi, houska, canja, couscous, megaderra, smorgastarta, and other dishes all star in the family’s culinary adventure.

About the authors

Filomena Gomes has a passion for language, culture, writing and teaching. This is her first children’s book. She lives in Calgary, Alberta with her husband, David, and their three children, Madeleine, Zachary and Éva Simone. She loves them all more than sushi.

Filomena Gomes' profile page


Ashley Spires est diplômé de l'Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design. Artiste touche à tout, elle a créé des sites Internet, des livres et des marionnettes. Elle est auteure et illustratrice de plusieurs livres dont Quel génie!, la série Basile le chat de l'espace,Petit Paul, Chien recherche garçon et André est débordé. Ashley a également illustré Le Labo des malins par Shar Levine et Leslie Johnstone. Elle vit à Delta, en Colombie-Britannique.


Ashley Spires earned her BFA at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and went on to earn a graduate diploma in illustration from Sheridan College. She is also the illustrator of Binky the Space Cat. Ashley lives in British Columbia, but you can find her at

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Editorial Reviews

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December 2006

This book is written as a series of vignettes: each double spread follows the pattern of "My mom loves me more than...". Each page offers a traditional food from a different country. the text clevery describes the food in mouth-watering detail without simply listing the ingredients while the illustrations depict mother and daughter either preparing or eating it.

The cartoon drawings are suited to the story set in today's world. The pictures are not cluttered and present a nice background of each frame. This book would lend itself well to use in the classroom as a model for writing, or for the introduction of different cultures or a unit on food. The inside bookcovers have a map of the world showing where each of the foods originated.

The book would be suitable for both school and public libraries. It could be used to support social studies and health curricula.

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A delightful book that will both comfort and educate young readers.

Quill & Quire

This book is an ideal way to open for children the doors to varied cultures gastronomic creations.

CM Magazine

The text cleverly describes the food in mouth-watering detail without simply listing the ingredients.

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The amusing and colorful artwork helps to keep things lively.

The Globe and Mail

Warm, loving and poetic, with a sense of togetherness; you'll almost feel like you can taste the food. Wonderful illustrations.


The youngest of readers are in for a delicious treat that will take them around the world without ever leaving the kitchen.

Canadian Bookseller

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