Mars Needs Moms!

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Milo doesn't get it: What's the big deal about moms? They're just slave-driving broccoli bullies. Yet they are worshipped the world over! Perhaps even the galaxy over-because here come Martians and they're after one thing only: moms. Milo's mom in particular! That's quite a long way to come for a mom-could it be that Milo has been overlooking something special?

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Overview

Milo doesn't get it: What's the big deal about moms? They're just slave-driving broccoli bullies. Yet they are worshipped the world over! Perhaps even the galaxy over-because here come Martians and they're after one thing only: moms. Milo's mom in particular! That's quite a long way to come for a mom-could it be that Milo has been overlooking something special?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In this excessive extraterrestrial fantasy, more painful than funny, Breathed (Flawed Dogs) lets readers know what mothers are for: general self-sacrifice. Towheaded hero Milo, a mischief-maker, perceives mothers as "bellowing broccoli bullies and carrot-cuddling cuckoos." Yet when Milo awakens to find Martians kidnapping his mother, he instinctively leaps aboard their ship. On the red planet, the stowaway steps outside to see an enormous Chrysler minivan loaded with aliens. Martians are keen on human females because "They needed driving to soccer!... Plus cooking and cleaning and dressing and packing lunches and bandaging boo-boos!" Milo's mother never gets to provide these services, however, since her astonished son tumbles down the spaceship stairs and breaks his bell-jar-shaped oxygen helmet. She places her own helmet on his head, feasts her loving eyes upon Milo and collapses from lack of air. Milo must rescue her in return. Breathed mockingly depicts children's love/hate relationships to disciplinarians; he matches his hyperbolic humor with distorted caricatures in radioactive hues. Milo's mother initially appears monstrous, with clotted hair, dangling curlers and an ax-murderer's slouching silhouette, but she radiates shimmering light when she saves Milo's life. On the back cover, Martians (toting a big net) wistfully gaze at gallery portraits of mothers (including Whistler's) but comedy doesn't undo the backward equation of women and domesticity. Ages 4-up. (Apr.)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Milo simply cannot understand why everyone thinks moms are so special. He finds them "child-working…bellowing broccoli bullies…thundering, humorless tyrants." Milo is asleep when the spaceship lands with Martian raiders, armed with a net to catch what they think is a treasure: a mom, something that they miss on Mars. Milo awakens to see them taking his mother. He follows them, flying on their spaceship to Mars. There he sees that they do indeed need moms to do all the good things they do, and he realizes how and why he loves his own mom. Breathed's visuals evoke immediate response with their sculptural qualities and melodramatic lighting, not to mention the odd creatures from Mars. "Virtual" acrylics and watercolors vividly create the double-page scenes of the illustrated narrative, giving us a Milo that we can sympathize with along with a very appealing mother. Do not miss the back of the jacket showing a Martian family at an art exhibit on Motherhood, with three famous paintings on the walls.
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3 - Milo just doesn't get what's so special about moms. As far as he can see, all they do is nag you to eat your broccoli and send you up to bed when you tint your little sister purple. So who needs them? Well, as it turns out, Martians do (they "grow motherless from the ground like potatoes") and one night, three Martians sneak into Milo's house and steal his sleeping mother. The boy races after them, grabs onto the ladder of their spaceship, and boards it just as it blasts off. Once on Mars, he looks outside and finally understands why the Martians need a mom so badly-"They needed driving to soccer! And to ballet! And to playdates, parks, and pizzas! Plus cooking and cleaning and dressing and packing lunches and bandaging boo-boos!" Just then, he trips and falls and is saved by-you guessed it! And the sympathetic aliens take the boy and his mother home. The story ends with Milo waking up in his mother's bed, cuddling next to her. In typical Breathed form, the illustrations are lush, plush, and over-the-top with color, attitude, and craziness. The picture of the Martians trying to bait a mom with what looks suspiciously like a brand name Grande coffee on a line is hilarious, to say the least. Share this witty and sweet tale with young readers and their moms for a wacky treat.-Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399247361
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/10/2007
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 200,148
  • Age range: 5 years
  • Lexile: AD640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Berkeley Breathed lives in California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2007

    An instant favorite

    The reviewer is my 4 yr. old granddaughter. The first night that my daughter read the book to Isabella she had to read it twice. It was her choice for a bedtime story for the next 3 nights. Thanks NPR for a great author interview.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2007

    Funny and Touching in One!

    I bought this book after hearing the author, Berkley Breathed, talk about it on NPR. It sounded like a cute book. I'm only 4 months pregnant but I plan on reading to my belly just like my mother did. When I read this book it made me laugh and cry. It's a sweet book and worth getting not only for the children in your life but for the mothers as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2007

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    This is a sweet tale of a grumpy little boy who thinks moms are mean tyrants until his is stolen by aliens from Mars. It is a terrific tale of all the running around, helping out and nurturing us moms do! I thought the illustrations were great and my children really enjoyed it!

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