M.O.M. (Mom Operating Manual)
Overview - Congratulations You are the proud owner of a Mom. This means you have someone to make you sandwiches, someone to drive you to soccer practice, and someone--for reasons unknown to man--who is able to hold your snotty, used tissues in her own pocket without gagging. Read more...
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More About M.O.M. (Mom Operating Manual) by Doreen Cronin; Laura Cornell
Congratulations You are the proud owner of a Mom. This means you have someone to make you sandwiches, someone to drive you to soccer practice, and someone--for reasons unknown to man--who is able to hold your snotty, used tissues in her own pocket without gagging. A well-functioning mom is essential to domestic harmony and general wellbeing. Yet despite their status as the most advanced humans on the planet, moms do need some daily care and maintenance to keep them running smoothly. This book explains everything. Mom requirements include, but are not limited to: light watering, the crust of peanut butter sandwiches, and some peace and quiet every now and then for crying out loud. And there's added bonus information Learn to spot early warning signs of mom-pattern-crankiness and to recognize when mom might need another cup of coffee. A mom's make and model will vary by family, but the simple fact remains: Take care of Mom...and she'll take care of you.
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With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Cronin (Rescue Bunnies) offers children detailed advice on how to better understand and deal with one’s mother. This troubleshooting guide provides step-by-step instructions for addressing moms who don’t get enough of the daily basics, “Sleep, Nutrition, Exercise, and Water, or SNEW for short.” Amazing factoids (“Remarkably, despite their size, moms can sleep on as little as three inches of bed”) and warnings (“Do not bother your mom when she is eating in the garage”) pack the pages. Cornell (My Mommy Hung the Moon) channels some serious Roz Chast in spreads that demonstrate a gleeful, knowing abandon, with frequent comparisons to the animal kingdom (in one scene, children pick “pieces of debris, soil, vegetation, and dried food” from their mother à la monkeys) and overwhelmed mothers in various silly situations. Cornell’s cartoons make the book (somewhat) more kid-friendly, but it’s parents who will get the biggest chuckle out of its humor and technical wordiness. Nonetheless, the message is writ large (and sometimes covered with baby food, coffee, or grass stains): moms are pretty indispensable. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)