Mommies Don’t Get Sick by Marylin Hafner

Sadly, I heard that the lovely Marylin Hafner, a great children’s book illustrator and writer, died on Oct. 31st. She illustrated over 100 books in addition to the back page comic strip in Cricket Magazine. While she was in her 80s, she was still working and drawing, and I think it’s a great loss to children’s books.

Mommies Don't Get Sick

Mommies Don't Get Sick

So, in honor of Marylin Hafner, let’s give a big shout-out to one of my favorite of her books, Mommies Don’t Get Sick, which she both wrote and illustrated. It’s out of print so hard to find, but it’s worth looking for a copy on a used book site or at the library. Every so often, we parents do get sick, and this book tells what happens when the inevitable occurs.

Pick it up, it’s delightful. Or look for her other books — it’s well worth the trip to the library or the money on the credit card!


  1. This is a very nice reminder of what a wonderful person my dear Aunt Marylin was.

    Many thanks,
    Mark Gottsegen

  2. Angus Wolf said

    Marylin Hafner was a great illustrator, her cats and children that she drew were SO cute, her death is a great sorrow for the world. My subscription to Cricket ran from 1976 to 1980 , Trina Shart Hyman did the Cricket comic originally and after she left Jean Gralley took over, if Marylin Hafner did it at some point I would LOVE to see the strip as she did it. The reason that I ended up on this site was because I was reading my old Crickets last night and saw one of her illustrations and on a whim decided to look her up on the web. I sorrow at her death.

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