Mars Needs Moms!

Mars Needs Moms!

by Berkeley Breathed


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399247361
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/10/2007
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 522,764
Product dimensions: 8.94(w) x 11.44(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile: AD640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Berkeley Breathed ( is the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the renowned comic strips "Bloom County," "Outland," and "Opus" which have appeared in over 1,200 newspapers worldwide and have earned Berkeley millions of loyal fans. He recently decided to bring back "Bloom County" after a 25-year absence and has been overwhelmed by the response--and by how much fun he is having. Berkeley Breathed is also the creator of the illustrated novel Flawed Dogs and the New York Times bestselling picture books Mars Needs Moms! andPete & Pickles. He lives and works in Santa Barbara, California.

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Mars Needs Moms 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
elizabethholloway on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Milo doesn't understand what's so great about moms; they constantly make you do stuff you don't want to do. But then the martians come to take his mom away. For some inexplicable reason, Milo stows away. He learns the martians have secret plot to get earth moms who can drive around big station wagons to take them to soccer practice and ballet lessons. (Spoiler alert) But as Milo steps off the ship to congratulate the martians on their cleverness, he loses his space helmet. Just as he is gasping his last breath, he sees a beautiful vision of his mom as she gives him hers and says, "I'll love you to the end of the universe" and drops into unconsciousness (this part makes me cry). The martians and Milo now realize what is so special about moms. Milo and mom are returned to earth. This story is funny and touching. Breathed's illustrations have all the wit of his Bloom County cartoons. My favorite is when the martians try to nab a mom with a Starbuck's cup attached to a string. The illustrations are beautiful and look almost three dimensional. This book is appropriate for ages 3 to 8.
Jenpark on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A little boy grumbles and complains about his mom and doesn't realize how much he loves her until she is abducted by aliens.
keatkin on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Superb descriptive language of Milo's mother as "summer stealing," a "bellowing broccoli bully" and a "humorless tyrant." The computer generated illustrations also work especially well with the text, adding many contemporary, humorous touches - including the martian's using a Starbuck's coffee as bait to catch unsuspecting Earth mothers. A great read-aloud before Mother's Day. Watch for the movie of this one in 2011!
GeniusBabies on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The story of a boy who learns the value of moms when his is kidnapped by Martians. Very touching, and the art is interesting.
jlsherman on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Wonderful story and beautiful pictures show what one child will do to protect his mother from Martians. Highly Recommended.
nieva21 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
It shows children that there are aspects of their parents they will not like, but how to value them as a whole person. It's funny and uniquely perceptive on a little boy's feelings. The way the story unfolds, and makes the little boy feel empowered at the sight of his mother being attacked, not only makes him feel the need to protect her but also makes him assume a responsibility for all of the ways he was naughty in the beginning of the story.
tapestry100 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Berkeley Breathed takes us on another adventure that is both wild and touching in his book, Mars Needs Moms!. Young Milo sees his mother as nothing more than a bossy, vegetable-pushing, chore-demanding tyrant, and he doesn't quite see what's so special about her. However, on the night that he witnesses her being kidnapped by martians, Milo learns what it is that makes all mothers so special. The art in the book, in typical Berkeley style, is as quirky and colorful as ever. And his story, while being perfectly ridiculous, is filled with such heart and soul that anyone reading it can't help but love it. A perfect addition to Berkeley Breathed's ever-growing collection of kids books (that are perfect for adults as well!).
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The reviewer is my 4 yr. old granddaughter. The first night that my daughter read the book to Isabella she had to read it twice. It was her choice for a bedtime story for the next 3 nights. Thanks NPR for a great author interview.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book after hearing the author, Berkley Breathed, talk about it on NPR. It sounded like a cute book. I'm only 4 months pregnant but I plan on reading to my belly just like my mother did. When I read this book it made me laugh and cry. It's a sweet book and worth getting not only for the children in your life but for the mothers as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet tale of a grumpy little boy who thinks moms are mean tyrants until his is stolen by aliens from Mars. It is a terrific tale of all the running around, helping out and nurturing us moms do! I thought the illustrations were great and my children really enjoyed it!