When Mommy Was Mad

When Mommy Was Mad

by Lynne Jonell, Petra Mathers

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This season, several series get new additions. Younger brother Robbie comes up with a plan to improve his mother's mood and saves the rest of the unsuspecting family in When Mommy Was Mad by Lynne Jonell, illus. by Petra Mathers. Framed in white, Mathers's colored-pencil vignettes once again use a minimalist approach to convey an array of emotions. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Mom is in a bad mood, and her sons wonder if they are the cause of her prickly behavior. They call her "noisy" as she bangs pots and pans, and notice when she doesn't give Daddy a kiss good-bye as he leaves for work. Her behavior soon impacts the entire family and quickly puts Robbie in a cranky mood, too. In fact, the book seems written to prompt discussion on just this topic. Childlike crayon illustrations featuring stick figures complement the simple text. Endpaper drawings of black clouds and lightning bolts foreshadow the stormy interactions while one little black cloud hanging over the father's head captures his emotions that day. Fans of the other Christopher and Robbie books (Mommy Go Away! [1997]; I Need a Snake [1998]; It's My Birthday, Too! [1999]; and Mom Pie [2001, all Putnam]) will want to purchase Jonell and Mathers's latest offering.-Helen Foster James, University of California at San Diego Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Christopher and Robbie (Mommy Pie, 2001, etc.) return to the scene on a bad day for Mommy. They're wondering why she is banging pots and pans around, not giving dad a goodbye kiss, and generally radiating bad vibes. At first, the boys are willing to tiptoe about, giving her a wide berth, afraid they have committed some unacknowledged wrong. Then they try a soft approach, hoping for a smile, but get the cold shoulder. Finally, Robbie (with his tonsure of orange hair) gets a bit miffed and starts butting up against his mom, claiming to be a "borkupine," an unhappy borkupine. Turns out that Mommy is feeling a bit prickly herself, but Robbie has disarmed her. And when kiss-less Dad returns that evening, a little dark cloud hovering over his head, he gets a soft hug rather than a nose full of spines. Mama said there'd be days like this; they're not the end of the world, but it sure is a relief to be lifted out of them. Mathers takes the term "stick figure" to a whole new level with her characterization of this family. They have egg heads and stick arms, but complete personalities that are perfectly captured with a measure of adorability that is unseemly. And when Robbie takes Mommy's face in his three-stick hands and explains, "First you sniff noses to make friends. Then you smooth down the prickles," readers will smile along with them. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

Penguin Young Readers Group
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Product dimensions:
7.32(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

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