Mother, You're the Best! (But Sister, You're a Pest!)

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It's Mother's Day, and Gilbert wants to show his mother that she's the best! But nothing he does seems to work out quite right. To make matters worse, his little sister always manages to be in the way! Can Gilbert ever have his mother all to himself today? But more importantly, can he make this Mother's Day truly special?

Diane deGroat's heartfelt story and endearing illustrations will resonate with any reader who has ever had to share a ...

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Overview

It's Mother's Day, and Gilbert wants to show his mother that she's the best! But nothing he does seems to work out quite right. To make matters worse, his little sister always manages to be in the way! Can Gilbert ever have his mother all to himself today? But more importantly, can he make this Mother's Day truly special?

Diane deGroat's heartfelt story and endearing illustrations will resonate with any reader who has ever had to share a parent's attention with a sibling.

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Publishers Weekly

Mother's Day brings yet another conundrum to the never-dull life of series star Gilbert (Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink; Happy Birthday to You, You Belong in a Zoo). Preparing breakfast in bed for his mother, the well-intentioned possum burns the toast, spills cereal all over the kitchen table and drenches his handmade card in orange juice. And when he delivers the food, younger sister Lola is curled up with their mother, who is admiring Lola's scribbled card. Jealous, Gilbert manages to keep his sister away from his mother all day-with unintended happy consequences. Lola is delighted by the unprecedented attention, and his mother is thrilled at the downtime. Full-bleed, large-scale illustrations convey the intermittently disgruntled and long-suffering hero's moods. Even without the peer tension that propels a number of deGroat's earlier Gilbert tales, this is a winning addition. Ages 3-8. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Renee Farrah
Gilbert, a possum, wants his mother's attention all to himself on Mother's Day. However, every time Gilbert tries to do something special for his mother, his little sister Lola is always there first. So Gilbert attempts to get Lola out of the way by doing all the things with her she bugs him about. He takes her along to the store, he gives her a bath, he reads and rereads her favorite story, and then he finally gets a chance to spend time with Mother. She opens a photo album and tells Gilbert what he was like as a baby. Turns out he was a lot like Lola. Mother thanks Gilbert for her Mother's Day gift—the time he spent that day with Lola—it was just what she wanted. This is a sweet and gentle book that is reflected in the soft illustrations. Any animal or human must balance time with siblings and their parents while learning how to get along with each other. Another installment in the "Gilbert and Friends" series. Reviewer: Renee Farrah
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2- Gilbert and his family are back in this sweet Mother's Day offering. The young possum creates a card for his mother and makes her breakfast in bed, but when he delivers the tray, he sees that his little sister is already there, giving their mom a handmade card. Gilbert's not satisfied that he's done enough to let her know he cares, and later, when he sees Lola sitting on Mother's lap, he decides to take her to the store with him to buy Mother a present. Lola drips ice cream on her clothing, so when they get home Gilbert gives her a bath. And when she climbs onto the hammock to be with their mother, he coaxes her to nap in her own bed. Inadvertently, he has given Mother the perfect gift: time to herself, and she is grateful. And Gilbert gets what he needs-time alone with her. Father is often seen in the background patiently cleaning up after his son in the kitchen, straightening the bathroom strewn with his daughter's clothing, and, in general, quietly supporting his family. DeGroat's watercolor illustrations fill the spreads with cozy, homey details of a comfortable school, neighborhood, and house. Fans of Gilbert, as well as readers just meeting this family, will be pleased.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061238994
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/11/2008
  • Series: Gilbert and Friends Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane deGroat

Diane deGroat is the illustrator of more than 120 children's books and the author-illustrator of bestselling books, including Ants in Your Pants, Worms in Your Plants; April Fool! Watch Out at School!; Mother, You're the Best! (But Sister, You're a Pest!); Last One in is a Rotten Egg!; and the New York Times bestseller Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink. Diane lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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