Thacher Hurd


Mama Don’t Allow

Saxophone-playing Miles and his Swamp Band find a bevy of sharp-toothed, long-tailed alligators who love to listen to their music. But little do Miles and his band know what the alligators plan for them at the close of their jubilant all-night ball! Inspired by a traditional song, this vibrant picture book is “ebullient, fast-paced, and funny.”

Reviews in Brief

“…an engaging and nonsensical romp…ebulllient, fast-paced, and funny…” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“High-energy, high-decibel fun.”The Kirkus Reviews

“As rousing as the traditional tune that inspired the story.”The Horn Book

“An irresistible tale for young children”

Robert Moore (Chicago, IL USA)

“Every parent knows that children depend on certain books being read to them ritualistically nearly every evening at bedtime. This was for a very long time one of those books for my daughter and me. The story is delightful…The illustrations are just extraordinary. I have recommended this book to other parents, and they all report that their kids loved it just as much as mine did.” 

Awards and Other Notes

1985 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Illustration.

A Reading Rainbow Featured Selection.

Children‘s Books of 1984 (Library of Congress)