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That Mama is a Grouch

That Mama is a Grouch

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by Sherry Ellis

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In Sherry Ellis' delightful book, That Mama is a Grouch, children from age 3-7 will quickly learn that clutter-caused tension in a home can be avoided. In this story, Mama is having a bit of a tantrum over the mess, and the narrator, a precocious child indeed, soon understands all too well. Toys are strewn about as obstacles that can cause falls and short tempers.


In Sherry Ellis' delightful book, That Mama is a Grouch, children from age 3-7 will quickly learn that clutter-caused tension in a home can be avoided. In this story, Mama is having a bit of a tantrum over the mess, and the narrator, a precocious child indeed, soon understands all too well. Toys are strewn about as obstacles that can cause falls and short tempers. Mama is tired-tired-tired of cleaning up this constant clutter. In a voice as wise as it is adorable, the narrator reminds children that parents are human, with feelings and moods. At the same time, parents are reminded that children are, well, children! Ms. Ellis has produced a book that takes the place of yelling. Whether read by adults to children or a child reading alone, this book guarantees to charm, amuse, and result in some much-needed changes in behavior

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CreateSpace Publishing
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That Mama is a Grouch 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
For every child that has ever felt they were being unfairly treated, author Sherry Ellis’ THAT MAMA IS A GROUCH will be a must-read. A carefree youngster feels her mother is always a grouch, never understanding that she only wants to be a kid and have fun. Then the mother explains why she’s grouchy and what the young girl can do to help her be a better mom. Illustrator Don Berry does a wonderful job bring the story to life with his drawings. His beautiful, bright illustrations are filled with extensive details depicting the scene. The author combines humor and understanding to illustrate mothers are humans capable of much love. But she also shows they do have breaking points when pushed to extremes. THAT MAMA IS A GROUCH is a fun look at why mothers sometimes appear to be so unreasonable to a young child. This story is a good way to help parents stress certain rules to youngsters, as well as a fun way for them to learn as they read. A delightful book for any library collection. FTC Full Disclosure – I won a copy of this book from the author’s website. No review was required, requested or even suggested. It is done by me for my own reasons. Receiving this complimentary copy did not influence my review.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
That Mama Is A Grouch is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
danikirra More than 1 year ago
Absolutely Brilliant! My children love this book. The first time me and my daughter read it she went right upstairs to clean her room, and that never happens! I have only had the book 2 days and I have read it about 10 times already, my children can't get enough. Every Mother and child can relate to this book. It is both humorous and delightful and explains both aspects of the typical family household, the messy child and the grouchy mom. I highly recommend this book!
doctorcarol More than 1 year ago
Kids will just love the visual jokes as well as the words of this delightful book. The rhythm and rhyme of the words make the book fun to read. It also allows for slipping when creating a new habit, which is of course inevitable. As a clinical psychologist and a parent, I especially like that the book makes the point that Mom's grouchiness is about the clutter not about the child being bad or needing punishment. Instead it is about understanding each other clearly. The way the mom talks to her child is lovely and effective. This book subtly teaches Mom and child in a fun way to respect each other. It will be reread many times.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
What is one of a mother's worst nightmares in her daily life around the house? A very active little girl, who loves to play, leaves her toys out in the living room, makes a mess in the kitchen at lunchtime, wakes up the baby from his nap with her noise, and even leaves her handprints all over the wall. The Mama, though she loves her daughter dearly, is almost at the end of her rope, threatening time outs and withholding favors. Will the two ever be able to reach some kind of solution that will satisfy both their needs? Sherry Ellis, who also authored That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN!, has produced a humorous story which reminds us not only that mothers are human with feelings too and, well, kids are kids but that clutter-caused tension can be avoided. That Mama Is a Grouch was a USA Book News Best Books Award Finalist. The adorable rhyming text, narrated by the girl, along with the charming illustrations by Don Berry, serve to help children remember that one way to keep their parents from being so grouchy is to be neater, and to encourage parents not to be so grouchy. The next time a situation arises at your house, don't yell. Just read this book!
ApexReviews More than 1 year ago
Throughout the pages of That Mama Is A Grouch, author Sherry Ellis provides readers with a timely reminder that both children and parents are only human, after all. Of course, if you're a mother constantly tripping over scattered stuffed animals or a child forever getting yelled at for writing on walls - this fact may escape you from time to time; nonetheless, all of us are entitled to a healthy dose of understanding when it comes to our reactions to the everyday activities that transpire within the walls of our home. Adults must understand that children will be children and that the advent of personal responsibility often comes slowly; likewise, children must realize that adults truly have their best interests at heart and are constantly teaching the crucial lessons they must embrace in order to grow and develop in a healthy manner. Both of these cogent points are on salient display in That Mama Is A Grouch, where Ellis takes an ordinary, rather mundane issue and skillfully transmogrifies it into an invaluable life lesson. As a result, readers of all ages are sure to benefit from her subtle, yet powerfully insightful wisdom. A highly recommended instant classic. Rhonda Carver Apex Reviews
DadWriter More than 1 year ago
"That Mama is a Grouch" is indeed a little gem of a tale. It role-models the imperfect behavior we humans all have displayed on occasion both as adults and as children and then segweys through the transformation to improved behavior via self-reflection and communication between the mother and daughter characters. Although I did not like the white outlines around characters on one of the illustrations (which made them look like stickers), this did not distract in a meaningful way from the story. The daughter and mother characters are very believable and engaging, thanks both to the clear, rhyming text, and to the facial expressions, which capture the moments beautifully. My children (10, 8, and 6 years old) were enthralled while we read it, and the next day went looking for the book to read it again on their own.
GabinaFS More than 1 year ago
That Mama is a Grouch Author: Sherry Eillis All too often kids do things to irritate their moms. Most of the time they do not even realize that some of their actions are annoying, irritating and might cause harm to someone else. "That Mama is a Grouch," written by Sherry Ellis in rhyming form, helps the reader whether young or old understand why parents get upset and handing out tons of time outs. Mothers are people too. They are even allowed to get upset and blow off steam. But, when the little girl in this book decides to leave all of her 52 toys strewn all over the entire house, that was the last straw and yes, "Mama turned into a real GROUCH!" Poor Mama tripped and fell and landed on the couch. The expression on her mother's face was priceless. You could almost hear her footsteps as she stormed up the stairs telling her to clean up her mess. But, for some reason she could not understand why she got so angry since all she wanted to do was have some fun. The one thing no one wants is a parent who is always cranky and complains all the time. Who wants a GROUCH for a mother? Our main character will learn some important lessons so that her grouchy mom turns into an even- tempered person with a big smile on her face. Receiving a stern warning our main character decides to amuse herself in the kitchen and what she does and the concoctions she creates are hysterical and can only be appreciated by reading the book and seeing the outstanding illustrations drawn by Don Berry that brings the story to light. Our clever young lady is still not done and what she does when the baby naps is typical of any child who does not think that noise travels causing her mom to blow a fuse one more time. Parents need to listen to their children and understand that they will make mistakes and just want to be noticed. Younger siblings take up much of a mother's time and the older one gets lost in the shuffle and gets reprimanded when things get out of control even though they are really just being a kid. So, I think I will let our main character tell you the rest: " I know that I left my toys all over the place. That is because I would not have to look for them when I wanted to play with any of them. I did not realize that my mom would fall and almost get hurt. When the baby went to sleep I took out some other toys to play with in the basement and who would have thought that the noise would travel up to the baby's room. Then, I explained to my mom how I felt and guess what, she did not yell, she listened." As moms go I think the one in this story is really smart and handled the situation the same way that Nanny 911 would. She explained to her what she expected of her and created a list of do's and don'ts that are easy to follow. I am sure that she might have even made a chart and kept it posted in the kitchen or on the wall of her room as a reminder of what she was supposed to do and not do. If you are waiting for me to tell you what these rules are, you will be waiting a long time. You have to read this book for yourself to find out the wonderful parenting skills that every mother needs to learn. The little girl promises to try and tells the reader what will happen if she breaks a rule. Does Mama remain a Grouch? Read the book and you decided for yourself. Remember: Kids are people too and will make mistakes and author Sherry Ellis in this outstanding book teaches both parents and children how to handle situations in a calm and unde