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My Mom Has X-Ray Vision

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Matthew is certain that his mother has superhuman abilities. She might have "ordinary hair, ordinary clothes, and a nice smile," but she also seems to have X-ray vision. So Matthew decides to test his hypothesis. He disobeys her request to bring in the groceries and hides in a closet, waiting to see if she knows where he is—and he waits, and waits, and waits. Matthew's logical thought processes pull youngsters along through bright full-page cartoons with visual details like the dragon in his fantasies or a superhero costume hanging on the clothesline while font changes add emphasis. Larger-than-life endpapers reveal the attributes of Matthew's poster-perfect mom—one for his everyday mom, and one for Supermom—and inset views allow readers to understand how she uses her "super-brain" to see through walls. While her unpublicized actions prove her to be a true supermom, her powers are still a mystery to Matthew. Young readers will recognize this puzzled child's analysis of an age-old mystery.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
Kirkus Reviews

All children believe their mom is the best (at least until they turn into teenagers), but how many have thought their moms might have superpowers? "Matthew's Mom was like all the other moms. She had ordinary hair, ordinary clothes, and a nice smile.... / Except she could see through things. Matthew was pretty sure she had X-ray vision." How else could she have known that Matthew was wrestling with a giant sea monster in his bath when she wasn't even in the room? Or that he had all the saucepans in the yard, when she in the kitchen? McAllister's wry tale explores a not-uncommon childhood article of faith. The deadpan text unfolds with total believability. Matthew's faith is momentarily shaken when he decides to test mom's extraordinary power by hiding in a closet, but his conclusion that his mom really is ordinary, "like all the rest," is short-lived. How could she possibly have known he had stashed a bag of chips under his sweater?! Smith's digital collages incorporate cartoony line-and-color drawings with funky prints and textures for a lively and engaging complement to the text. The endpapers depict Matthew's "Evidence Report" revealing his ordinary mom (complete with sensible shoes) and her secret identity, Supermom (flowing red cape and rocket boots). It's a rare kid who won't be able to identify with and chuckle at this one. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589254282
  • Publisher: Tiger Tales
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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