My Monster Mama Loves Me So

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My monster mama loves me so!Let me tell you how I know:When I wake up, she tweaks my nose, tickles all my pointy toes,combs the cobwebs from my bangs,and makes sure that I brush my fangs....At once tender and funny, this monster bedtime story is guaranteed to generate giggles, tickles, and plenty of monster hugs.

A young monster describes all the things its mother does to show she loves it.

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Overview

My monster mama loves me so!Let me tell you how I know:When I wake up, she tweaks my nose, tickles all my pointy toes,combs the cobwebs from my bangs,and makes sure that I brush my fangs....At once tender and funny, this monster bedtime story is guaranteed to generate giggles, tickles, and plenty of monster hugs.

A young monster describes all the things its mother does to show she loves it.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Few monsters have been as sweet as the green, googly-eyed mother and son in this cuddly picture book. More literal and less ominous than Liz Rosenberg and Stephen Gammell's Monster Mama, Leuck's (Sun Is Falling, Night Is Calling) rhyming verse describes the myriad ways a mother shows her boundless love: "She gives me great big hairy hugs,/ bakes me cookies filled with bugs,.../ she sings a monster lullaby/ of things that shriek and moan and creep--/ soothing things to help me sleep." The tender tone is sure to make this a bedtime favorite for drowsy toddlers. Buehner (My Life with the Wave) attacks his subject matter with obvious glee in vibrant acrylic-and-oil paintings of grinning three-eyed, four-armed monsters with blue toenails taking a dip in a dark and murky swamp or participating in a Little League "beastball" game. With a wink, he portrays "the scary things [that] come out/ to wave their arms and scream and shout" as human children. This parallel cobwebby world is all heart. Ages 2-up. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly
In a "tender tone sure to make this a bedtime favorite," according to PW, a rhyming verse describes the myriad ways a green, googly-eyed mother shows her boundless love for her son. Ages 3-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Be they human or monsters, mothers love their little ones. Little monster relates all the ways that he knows his mother loves him. She hugs him, bakes delicious cookies, cheers for him at ball games, and rocks him to sleep and sings lullabies. It is a reassuring story, but it does seem a little inconsistent that a monster big enough to handle a baseball bat would still want to be rocked and sung a lullaby. The younger audience won't be bothered.
School Library Journal
PreS-This amusing love poem will delight preschoolers and their mothers as they enjoy the rhyming story and pore over the detailed illustrations. Little monster tells readers the many ways his mama shows that she loves him: she attends all of his "beastball games"; sings him lullabies and tucks him into bed; and "She gives me great big hairy hugs,/bakes me cookies filled with bugs,/and when I'm sick she's twice as nice-/she gives me lizard juice with ice." The story is humorous, though slight, and works well, despite a few moments of awkward rhythm, but it is the illustrations that shine. Buehner's three-eyed monsters live in a haunted house that includes a one-eyed dog, spiders over the bed, and cobwebs everywhere, yet they manage to look both friendly and monstrous at the same time. Details such as bug earrings and a blue, hairy beastball with eyes and fangs, as well as ordinary children as the "scary things" that frighten little monster, are sure to tickle young funny bones. Ending with the line, "Oops-one other thing is true:/Your monster mama loves you too!" Leuck delivers a reassuring message in a funny, mildly scary story. Perfect for storytimes.-Amy Lilien-Harper, Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688168667
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 223,992
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Leuck is the author of these other books for children: Goodnight, Baby Monster; My Monster Mama Loves Me So; Sun is Falling, Night is Calling; My Baby Brother Has Ten Tiny Toes; and Teeny, Tiny Mouse. Ms. Leuck lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her husband, Art, and their two sons, Matthew and Shane.

Marl Buehner has six little pilgrims of his own in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he lives with his wife, Caralyn, and their children: Heidi, Grant, Sarah, Samuel, Laura, and Jake. Mark has illustrated many wonderful children's books, including I Am the Cat by Alice Schertle and Harvy Potter's Balloon Farm by Jerdine Nolen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Such a cute book to for kids. Great for Halloween or really any

    Such a cute book to for kids. Great for Halloween or really any kid who likes monsters, cute, funny, adorable story. Not too long but not one of those books with 5 sentences either, great rhyming!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    An all time favorite! I have two boys that can recite this book

    An all time favorite! I have two boys that can recite this book word for word!  Never gets old, the pictures are great, it will always be dear to my heart!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Love this book, was purchased by my cousin who is now 25 (who re

    Love this book, was purchased by my cousin who is now 25 (who read this as a child) to give to my daughter (now 15) and I just sat with her this year for her birthday and read it (for the memories). I recommend this book to everyone and buy it for showers. Its grossly funny which is why boys and girls like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Love this book! I read this story to my 16yr old when he was li

    Love this book! I read this story to my 16yr old when he was little and it is now one of my 4yr olds favorites. I am buying another copy now for my 16yr old who wants to have one for "his wife to read to his children someday", hopefully that day will be far off but I didn't realize how much it meant to him until he found it had been passed to his little brother... sweet.
    Try this book and build some memories with your own little monsters.

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  • Posted April 30, 2009

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    LOVE this book!

    I came across this book in our school library. My son is having "I can't sleep in my bed! There are monsters!" issues. *sigh* So, I let him sleep in my bed last night. Same issues. SO, I found this book in the library today. We read it tonight. AND... (drum roll, please!) ...he's asleep in his bed tonight. No complaining of monsters before sleep, either. Thank GOD! Now, I can't say this is the cure for everything, but the Monster Mama and Monster Son in this book are very similar to us. I also liked that it was just the mom and son. Finding books like that isn't too common, despite this single-mom epidemic we all seem to live in these days. Anyhow, for us, this was the perfect cure. We even had "monster nibbling and tickling" before bed. He loved it. Now I'm on Barnes & Noble looking for a hardback version for our collection. It's going to be one of my favorites. P.S. It rhymes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2004

    The Fun NEVER Stops!

    We've been enojoying this story for two years, and just the other night discovered a dinosaur hidden in the bushes on one of the illustrations. We started looking for dinosaurs on all the pages and started discovering other hidden animals too like the cat, bunny and mouse. I've been looking at the book even after my three year old goes to bed...JUST TO FIND THE HIDDEN PICTURES!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2003

    My kids love this book...it's one of our favorites.

    My son especially loves this book. It has monsters and bugs and a mother's love. The rhymes are so catchy, and the illustrations are very colorful and amusing. We can't recommend it enough!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2003

    Tops at our house

    This book is such a favorite at our house that I am needing another copy. My 1 year old chooses this book for naptime and bedtime. It is such a fun book from a monster's perspective.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2002

    My 3 boys love this one!

    My three boys, ages 2, 5, and 9 all count this book among their favorites. My two year old yells 'again!' everytime he hears it. The pictures are humorous and enchanting!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2000

    Kids love it!! Appeals to variety of ages

    If you have kids in multiple age groups to satisfy at story time, this is the book for you! My niece and nephews ages 3/5/8 ALL love this book---good for beginning readers too. The drawings are gorgeous, and the story (in rhyme) of the little monster, his house, the fun things he and his mom do (play 'beastball', for example, and make bug cookies), and his fear of 'monsters' (humans) are hilarous. This is one the kids ask for over and over.

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