When Mom Turned into a Monsterby Joanna Harrison
When the cousins call to say they're coming over that afternoon, Mom rushes to get ready for their visit. The house is a mess, anti there's nothing to eat. That means cleaning, scrubbing, vacuuming, and shopping. She asks Sam and his sister to help her out, but they don't. Instead they bicker and whine and create even more of a mess. But suddenly they realize that something very strange is happening to Mom...Joanna Harrison, author and illustrator of the popular Dear Bear ( C. 1994), has brought another familiar slice of childhood to life in When Mom Turned into a Monster. Readers of all ages will recognize themselves in this whimsical and funny story of domestic life.
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When my daughter was about 5 years old we checked out this book at the public library with a few others. I recall taking her to the drop box and asking her to return the books as I watched her from the vehicle. Two weeks later as I was going through her backpack, I found the book tucked away. I explained to her that we had to return it back along with late fees. I proceeded to question her the reason for not returning it. She said it was her favorite book. Now that I have found it, I will surprise her with own personal copy. She is now 16. I think as a mother, we can all relate to the story as sometime or another. It is a cute story.
I brought this book to share with my preschool class, and they absolutely loved it. Upon request, I read it again and again and again and again...until it finally had to go back to the library. It obviously rings true with kids and adults alike.