by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Laura Cornell
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 56 pages
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October 4, 2011)
List Price: $16.99
From the publisher: From basic guidance and troubleshooting to historical overview and important safeguards, this is THE guide to the care and maintenance of mothers, who are, according to the book, "the most advanced human models on the planet." (If you own a mother, you'll have to agree, see page 3 in book.)
Based on "years of research, observation, and time-outs" children (and dads) armed with this book can look forward to years of optimal performance from their mothers, if they follow the instructions carefully. With big safety alert symbols scattered throughout, readers who use the tips provided will have a far better chance of avoiding the most precarious mother-related situations, and will learn such imperatives as: how she should be fed (and how often), why she needs more than one inch of space on a bed (hey, you, you have your own bed, get back in it!), and what to do if her mad face ranks a 10 on the Mad Face Scale.
Wickedly funny, acutely perceptive, this is a book that, pretty much, no one on this PLANET should be without. Moms are going to be handing this out left and right, gleefully.
Don't forget to read the fine print!
My take: I'm familiar Laura's illustrations from Jamie Lee Curtis' excellent line of children's books. And of course, I'm familiar with Doreen's books as well, including DUCK FOR PRESIDENT (I reviewed it back in March 2008). So I was tickled to received their collaborative effort: M.O.M. (MOM OPERATING MANUAL)! This book does not disappoint. With Laura's distinctive illustrative stylings, an entire history of "Moms" is laid out, from their Daily Care and Maintenance Schedule, to Nutrition, Exercise, Grooming, Outdoor Use, and Troubleshooting - all you need to know about caring for your own Mom is included. There is even a Reset and Survival Kit mode at the end. One caveat - this really isn't for the kiddos - it's a book for you, the Mom. I tried to read some of it to my 7 year old and she just didn't get the humor. I, for one, found it hysterical. Read below for how you can win YOUR very own copy.
The giveaway: WIN IT! One lucky winner will win his/her very own copy of M.O.M. (MOM OPERATING MANUAL)!
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This review was sponsored by Simon and Schuster Publishing who provided the books for review and giveaway. I was not compensated in any way except for the complimentary book.