My Mommy Hung the Moon
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My Mommy Hung the Moon

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by Jamie Lee Curtis
     
 

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My mommy hung the moon.
She tied it with string.
My mommy's good at EVERYTHING.

The ninth children's book by the #1 New York Times bestselling team of Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell is a celebration of unconditional love between mother and child. Mommy is the best at everything: Not only does she carpool, untangle kites, steal bases, and bake

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My mommy hung the moon.
She tied it with string.
My mommy's good at EVERYTHING.

The ninth children's book by the #1 New York Times bestselling team of Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell is a celebration of unconditional love between mother and child. Mommy is the best at everything: Not only does she carpool, untangle kites, steal bases, and bake cookies, she also seems to light up the sun with her love.

Written straight from the heart and illustrated with tender hilarity, My Mommy Hung the Moon: A Love Story is a keepsake that defines the magical relationship a mother has with her son or daughter. So grab the little one you love, and rejoice as the ordinary moments of everyday life become extraordinary because of the magic of mother love.

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Publishers Weekly
Longtime collaborators Curtis and Cornell deliver a tonic for every mother who's ever felt underappreciated; their shock-headed narrator ascribes powers nothing short of godlike to mommy dearest. "She lit up the sun, so bright and so round./ She puffed out each cloud, stretched trees from the ground." Mom has plenty of irreverent qualities, too--she's as good at moonwalking as she is at giving hugs. Cornell's paintings are endlessly exuberant. When Curtis writes, somewhat opaquely, "She buzzed every bee. She spun every spider," Cornell has the duo creating larger-than-life shadow animals, while a goth older sister, who makes recurring appearances, casts a surly snake shadow on the opposite page. For all the time spent celebrating the idea that "My mommy's good at everything," surprisingly few lines are devoted to the actual relationship between mother and child. Rather, the story reads like a laundry list of the improbably fantastic things mothers are capable of. And while such praise is totally deserved, it begins to feel uncomfortably immodest. Ages 4�8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Following such titles as Is There Really a Human Race? and Big Words, the ninth picture book in the Jamie Lee Curtis/Laura Cornell bestselling celebrity franchise harkens to earlier, more sentimental themes. As is made quite evident by the dedications and cover photos, this love story about a small child's mother worship was really created for their mothers. Curtis' rhyming text begins with Mommy hanging the moon, then works through the rest of nature's natural phenomena: she pours down the rain, zaps out the thunder, and makes lightning glow. From there it is an easy stretch for Mom to become Earth Mother, computer guru, astronaut.... By the end of the story the reader has got to be as exhausted as poor Mommy. Cornell's watercolors start out with the soft blue washes of the opening endpapers, but soon become as brashly bright and bold as the verse. Author and illustrator are definitely on the same page for the creation process, but their enthusiasm leaves their mother and child characters acting as if both have ADHD. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—A child rhapsodizes about how wonderful and amazing his mother is. From the everyday things she can do (drive her kid around, make him feel better, break into spontaneous dance) to the ways that she seems superhuman ("She pours all the seas/and sparkles each star./And then she collects one/in my night-light jar"), the recurring theme is that "My mommy's good at everything." It is a touching sentiment, and definitely universal, if slightly overdone in this case. There is a giddy exuberance in both the text and the illustrations that sometimes seems forced, particularly when the rhyme stumbles ("She feathered the birds./She taught them to chirp./She taught me to speak,/my cousin to burp"). There are moments, however, when the book manages to convey a child's sense of adoration with just the right amount of glee, such as when the mother bakes a "BIG MOMMA BATCH" of cookies, and the illustration shows a conveyor belt filled with cookies representing everything from ET to Mount Rushmore. It's an image that is genuinely funny and indicative of how children look up to the adults who positively influence their lives. While not this team's strongest offering, the book will find a place with mothers and children who want another book to celebrate the special connection they have with one another.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060290160
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/07/2010
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
191,990
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD400L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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