What Moms Can't Do

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There are lots of things that regular people can do, but moms can't.
Moms can't wait to wake kids up in the morning.
When they watch movies, they need protection from the scary parts, and they can't sit very long without someone on their lap.
Moms also can't let go of a hug without a kiss. Or two. Or nine.

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There are lots of things that regular people can do, but moms can't.
Moms can't wait to wake kids up in the morning.
When they watch movies, they need protection from the scary parts, and they can't sit very long without someone on their lap.
Moms also can't let go of a hug without a kiss. Or two. Or nine.
No wonder they need someone to look after them, I mean, after all, they're just moms!

A child ponders the many problems that mothers must deal with in the course of a normal day.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In an intergenerational tribute to matriarchs, What Grandmas Can't Do by Douglas Wood, illus. by Doug Cushman, joyfully enumerates all of the activities that require the help of a grandchild: baking "your favorite cookies," for instance, or telling stories (Grandmas "need a really good listener"). The first two books in this popular series are now available in mini-editions: What Moms Can't Do and What Dads Can't Do. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Following closely on the heels of What Dads Can't Do and starring the same irresistible dinos, What Moms Can't Do by Douglas Wood, illus. by Doug Cushman, once again injects humor into every scenario. The spread "Moms can't wait... to wake up kids in the morning. They can't make the bed without lots of help," for instance, shows only a set of reptilian toes on a pillow, then jumping on the bed to "help" make it. ( Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Having already filled us in about What Dads Can't Do, Wood and Cushman move their focus to moms. While the brief, simple, tongue-in-cheek text states facts such as, "Moms can't make the bed without lots of help," the illustrations show the real give and take of kids and mom, up to the last thing they can do... "and that's love you." Cushman's cartoon-y, lizard-like, anthropomorphic characters illustrate each "can't" with broadly humorous actions and, even more important, really expressive faces. There's no doubting mom's weariness or junior's fright while watching TV. A cat, never mentioned in the text, adds extra fun in several scenes, like the jacket/cover. There's a giggle a minute here. 2001, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $13.00. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: Ken and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-A young dinosaur helps his mother with many everyday chores that he thinks she can't possibly manage alone: making beds, picking up, selecting clothes, going grocery shopping, packing lunches, etc. But the one thing moms can do, he concedes, is to love you. Cheery illustrations in pen and ink, watercolors, and gouache enliven this humorous, if slight, picture book told from a child's viewpoint.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689833588
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Edition description: Repackage
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 487,788
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Wood is the author of When a Dad Says “I Love You,” When a Grandpa Says “I Love You, The Secret of Saying Thanks, and A Quiet Place as well as the New York Times bestselling Can’t Do series. His books Old Turtle and Old Turtle and the Broken Truth were both international bestsellers. Additional titles include No One But You, illustrated by P.J. Lynch; Franklin and Winston: A Christmas That Changed The World, illustrated by Barry Moser; and Where the Sunrise Begins, illustrated by K.Wendy Popp. Douglas lives in a cabin in the woods of Minnesota. A studied naturalist, he shares his knowledge of nature as a wilderness guide.

Doug Cushman is best known for his illustrations in the Can't Do series. He created the lovable dinosaur characters you see in this series. He simply can't wait for the next Can't Do book, called What Grandmas Can't Do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2008

    Mom's cannot do it all

    This has become a favorite bedtime read for my two boys and I! This book takes on a whole new view on the little things Mom's are not good at. My favorite is that 'Mom's cannot let you go to sleep with out giving you at least nine kisses!' The illistrations are fabulous too!

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