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M.O.M. (Mom Operating Manual)

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Congratulations! You are the proud owner of a Mom. This means you have someone to make you sandwiches, someone to drive you to soccer practice, and someone—for reasons unknown to man—who is able to hold your snotty, used tissues in her own pocket without gagging. A well-functioning mom is essential to domestic harmony and general wellbeing. Yet despite their status as the most advanced humans on the planet, moms do need some daily care and maintenance to keep them running smoothly. This book explains everything. ...

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Overview

Congratulations! You are the proud owner of a Mom. This means you have someone to make you sandwiches, someone to drive you to soccer practice, and someone—for reasons unknown to man—who is able to hold your snotty, used tissues in her own pocket without gagging. A well-functioning mom is essential to domestic harmony and general wellbeing. Yet despite their status as the most advanced humans on the planet, moms do need some daily care and maintenance to keep them running smoothly. This book explains everything. Mom requirements include, but are not limited to: light watering, the crust of peanut butter sandwiches, and some peace and quiet every now and then for crying out loud. And there’s added bonus information! Learn to spot early warning signs of mom-pattern-crankiness and to recognize when mom might need another cup of coffee. A mom’s make and model will vary by family, but the simple fact remains: Take care of Mom…and she’ll take care of you.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Cronin (Rescue Bunnies) offers children detailed advice on how to better understand and deal with one’s mother. This troubleshooting guide provides step-by-step instructions for addressing moms who don’t get enough of the daily basics, “Sleep, Nutrition, Exercise, and Water, or SNEW for short.” Amazing factoids (“Remarkably, despite their size, moms can sleep on as little as three inches of bed”) and warnings (“Do not bother your mom when she is eating in the garage”) pack the pages. Cornell (My Mommy Hung the Moon) channels some serious Roz Chast in spreads that demonstrate a gleeful, knowing abandon, with frequent comparisons to the animal kingdom (in one scene, children pick “pieces of debris, soil, vegetation, and dried food” from their mother à la monkeys) and overwhelmed mothers in various silly situations. Cornell’s cartoons make the book (somewhat) more kid-friendly, but it’s parents who will get the biggest chuckle out of its humor and technical wordiness. Nonetheless, the message is writ large (and sometimes covered with baby food, coffee, or grass stains): moms are pretty indispensable. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
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"In this era of Tiger Mothers, attachment parenting, the mommy track and The Three-Martini Playdate, Cronin and Cornell’s collaboration will strike a nerve with moms looking for a laugh and a bit of validation—if only they can find the time to read it!" - KIRKUS, April 15, 2011

"We admit it: the new laugh-out-loud book M.O.M. (Mom Operating Manual), by Doreen Cronin and Laura Cornell, appeals to us as moms as much as it will to our kids. The 56-page text is packed with humorous tidbits about what truly makes us tick (exercise gives us a legitimate reason to put on our favorite sweatpants) as well as quirky insights (“… despite their size, moms can sleep on as little as three inches of bed. Science has no explanation for this”). Don’t be surprised if you find yourself chuckling over the pages long after your kids have fallen asleep." — Disney Family Fun Magazine

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
This should be required reading for every child over the age of 10 and their moms. Just like a dishwasher, a mom comes with care and operating instructions for the efficient running of this wondrous machine. With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Cronin outlines daily care and maintenance, grooming of the harassed mom, troubleshooting and the all important reset instructions. Moms are described as able to operate 24/7 in all types of weather with little or no sleep and very little food...like Wonder Woman. Kids will readily recognize the malfunction warning signs, such a sighing, groaning, toe-tapping and the ultimate eerie silence. Advice to combat this is to cease and desist whatever you are doing and leave the room as quietly as possible. There is a delightful song, "Cranky Pants" (to the tune of "Mary Had a Little Lamb"), that might work as a reset although dads are advised to never use this tool. Cartoon illustrations throughout depict the overwrought, multi-tasking mom who is so much a part of today's landscape. Warning/hazard sighs pop up now and then to clearly alert the reader to antics that could do irreparable damage to mom. Careful adherence to the information contained within and your mom should work well for you for many years to come. Moms will see themselves on these pages and children will learn a trick or two to keeping mom happy. This is for all moms and the older picture book crowd. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—This humorous guide to the care and feeding of moms includes directives on how to ensure they get enough sleep, nutrition, exercise, and water. Written like a manual for a washing machine or dishwasher, the book touches on topics such as, "Grooming," "Outdoor Use," and "Troubleshooting." It includes a brief history of mothers, ideas on what to do in the case of minor malfunctions, and directions on how to "Reset" your mother. Sketchy, colorful pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations add energy and laughs to the presentation. This title might make an entertaining gift for mothers and mothers-to-be, but children will give up on the overlong narrative, even though it is ostensibly directed toward them.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews

Ostensibly a guide for children on the care and feeding of mothers, this lengthy picture book has unlikely kid appeal but may emerge as the hit of the soccer-mom and baby-shower circuits.

Cornell ratchets up the humor of her cartoon-style illustrations to depict Cronin's "Brief Historical Overview" from "Prehistoric Sludge Mom" to "Cave Mom" to "Pilgrim" and "Hippie Mom(s)." The book focuses, however, on contemporary motherhood's challenges, telling children "there are many things you can do to ensure many years of trouble-free operation" of their moms, who need regular amounts of "SNEW" (sleep, nutrition, exercise and water) for optimal performance. Following pages humorously describe how to guarantee sufficient SNEW levels and recount the perils of its inadequate delivery. Cronin's conceit gets a little tired, particularly when resorting to placing blame for the "Malfunctioning Mom" or "Cranky Mom" on fathers, but Cornell's well-designed and well-paced spreads make the most of every bit of textual humor.

In this era of Tiger Mothers, attachment parenting, the mommy track and The Three-Martini Playdate, Cronin and Cornell's collaboration will strike a nerve with moms looking for a laugh and a bit of validation—if only they can find the time to read it! (Picture book. Adult)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416961505
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 771,667
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD840L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Doreen Cronin

Doreen Cronin is the author of The Chicken Squad series and many bestselling picture books, including Click, Clack, Boo!; Dooby Dooby Moo; Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure; Bounce; Wiggle; Duck for President; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; and the Caldecott Honor Book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at DoreenCronin.com.

Laura Cornell is the illustrator of several #1 New York Times bestsellers by Jamie Lee Curtis, including My Mommy Hung the Moon, Big Words for Little People, Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day, and Is There Really a Human Race? Laura left stunning and sunny southern California to reside in soaring and spectacular New York City.

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