By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 4, 2011
CAUTION: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS HIGHLY CLASSIFIED INSTRUCTIONS FOR CARING FOR ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE AND FRAGILE CREATURES
M.O.M. (MOM OPERATING MANUAL), by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Laura Cornell, from basic guidance and troubleshooting to historical overview and important safeguards, this is THE guide to the care and maintenance of mothers.
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 56 pages
Book overview: Let’s face it: Moms are the most advanced human models on the planet. Fortunately, author Doreen Cronin and illustrator Laura Cornell—who’ve spent a combined total of four years on the New York Times bestseller list—know everything there is to know about the subject. Based on “years of research, observation, and time-outs,” this indispensible and hilarious guide arms kids (and dads) with the knowledge they need to avoid the most precarious mother-related situations as: how she should be fed, why she needs more than three inches of space on a bed, and what to do if her face ranks a “10” on the Mad Face Scale. Wickedly funny and acutely perceptive, this is a book that, basically, no one on the planet should be without.
About the author: Doreen Cronin is the author of the bestsellers DUCK FOR PRESIDENT; GIGGLE GIGGLE QUACK; DIARY OF A WORM; DIARY OF A SPIDER; DIARY OF A FLY; DOOBY, DOOBY MOO; THUMP, QUACK, MOO; CLICK, CLACK, QUACKITY-QUACK; and CLICK, CLACK, SPLISH, SPLASH. Her first book, CLICK, CLACK, MOO: COWS THAT TYPE, was named a Caldecott Honor Book. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and daughters.
About the illustrator: Laura Cornell is the illustrator of several #1 New York Times bestsellers by Jamie Lee Curtis, including BIG WORDS FOR LITTLE PEOPLE, TODAY I FEEL SILLY & OTHER MOODS THAT MAKE MY DAY and IS THERE REALLY A HUMAN RACE? Laura left stunning and sunny southern California to reside in soaring and spectacular New York City. She is oh so lucky to be mom to serene and wise Lilly. They have two semi-vicious cats, Indie and Brownie.