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Mars Needs Moms! Hardcover – April 10, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel; Reissue edition (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039924736X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399247361
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 11.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3–Milo just doesn't get what's so special about moms. As far as he can see, all they do is nag you to eat your broccoli and send you up to bed when you tint your little sister purple. So who needs them? Well, as it turns out, Martians do (they grow motherless from the ground like potatoes) and one night, three Martians sneak into Milo's house and steal his sleeping mother. The boy races after them, grabs onto the ladder of their spaceship, and boards it just as it blasts off. Once on Mars, he looks outside and finally understands why the Martians need a mom so badly–They needed driving to soccer! And to ballet! And to playdates, parks, and pizzas! Plus cooking and cleaning and dressing and packing lunches and bandaging boo-boos! Just then, he trips and falls and is saved by–you guessed it! And the sympathetic aliens take the boy and his mother home. The story ends with Milo waking up in his mother's bed, cuddling next to her. In typical Breathed form, the illustrations are lush, plush, and over-the-top with color, attitude, and craziness. The picture of the Martians trying to bait a mom with what looks suspiciously like a brand name Grande coffee on a line is hilarious, to say the least. Share this witty and sweet tale with young readers and their moms for a wacky treat.–Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY
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Milo doesn't see what's so great about mothers. After all, his makes him eat his broccoli and carrots and do chores around the house and garden. When Martian raiders arrive and abduct the mothers, Milo steals on board their spaceship and discovers why the moms have been kidnapped: so that they can drive the Martians to their Martian soccer games in their Martian vans, pack lunches, and put Band-Aids on cuts. When Milo's oxygen supply is nearly cut off, his mom is there to save him, and he finds new appreciation for mothers. The colorful, almost three-dimensional computer-generated art, interspersed with old-fashioned black-and-white line drawings, are the highlight here. The Martians are suitably comical, and the pages are filled with subtle little jokes, including plenty for adults (e.g., the Martians use Starbucks coffee to lure the moms onto their spaceship). Funny and visually striking. Todd Morning
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More About the Author

Berkeley Breathed lives and works in Santa Barbara, California and is the proud owner of a gentle pit bull named Ridley, a deaf dachshund named Milly, and a refugee mutt from the Puerto Rican streets named Pilar--splendidly flawed dogs, every one.

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The story and the illustrations are wonderful.
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I have bought several copies as gifts and love to read it over and over to my grand daughter.
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I cry every time I read it, but they are nice tears.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Seattle Dad on April 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Breathed's art typically makes one, well, breathless. Here, with Mars Needs Moms, one becomes weightless with wonder at his drawing abilities. He's in as good of form as ever -- or better -- with this wonderful mix of humans and extra-extra terrestrials. While the art and story are literally out this world, the storyline is very earth-bound: families are so easily taken for granted, but nothing matters more in this or any other world. Breathed suggests it take a Martian's eye-view to keep us properly grounded. Nice to think about, but the real treat here is for the eyes. My son and I still periodically go back to Fudwapper and Wish for Wings that work; this surely is another opus for Breathed.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Boyman on April 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I loved, I mean L-O-V-E-D this book. So did my kids. I cried. They cried. We read it again and cried again. It is obvious that Breathed has stepped into parenthhood with his heart wide open. He has touched a nerve here that every parent can relate to -- unconditional love. BRAVO to Breathed. Will there be an an encore?? We hope so!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By peter J. cohen on May 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I sent this book to my mother thinking she would enjoy sharing it with her grandkids. She left me a voice mail telling me how much SHE loved the illustrations and the story. She said it made a GREAT mothers day gift:). I have since sent it to 3 other moms.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rumiwon on May 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
During storytime at Barnes & Noble this morning, the storyteller read this book in preparation for Mother's Day. Towards the end, I was actually tearing up and had to look away from the book lest I embarrass myself in front of the other mothers who were there.

I loved this story, the storyline is creative starting with a boy who doesn't appreciate his mother at all through the progression of his fears that his mother was abducted, to the ultimate sacrifice his mother made for him in the end. It's a life lesson for this little boy, however young he is, and his heart grows tremendously by the end of the story to show his gratefulness towards his mother. The aliens learn a lesson in love as well at the end of the story.

The illustrations in this book is fantastic, with great detail and a sense of realistic visual impact to the readers. The colors are very vibrant and use of muted colors as well as bright colors are perfectly controlled to give this story an artistic rendition and a sense that you can even be in it along side the characters. This is a very touching book and I recommend this to all mothers, young and old.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R S Cobblestone VINE VOICE on May 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"Mothers. Milo often wondered what was so special about them."

Thus begins Mars Needs Moms!, by Berkeley Breathed. Milo has to do chores, and go to bed, and... who needs moms, anyway?

But Milo's town is visited by Martian raiders: "They don't have mothers on Mars, you know. Martians grow motherless from the ground like potatoes."

Milo's mom is netted and kidnapped, and Milo sneaks aboard. Why do they need his mom?

He finds out. And he finds out even more when his mom says to him, "I'll love you to the ends of the universe."

I heard an NPR broadcast that I thought said this book was going to be controversial because of how it ends. Maybe some people missed the last page, or read something else into it. I thought it was the perfect ending for a great children's story.

Breathed's art style was "Bloom County/Opus" style throughout, with a nifty "3-D" technique that gives the illustrations a depth. And the detail is intriguing... don't forget to catch the name of the map as the Martians beehive it for home.

And if you are without a young one to read to... send a copy to your mom!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Rubinson on May 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Berk Breathed homes in on the bare essence of being a mother: the unequivocal and extraordinary willingness to die for another human being -- her child. In the real world, though this is not usually tested in the strictest sense, it is proven in many derivative ways. Moms may be only human, and have many flaws, but they are all willing to take a bullet for their children, and show this by sacrificing in myriad and fundamental ways that may not be entirely obvious to us growing up. This amazing and beautiful truth is distilled in Breathed's funny and poignant book, in the form of a parable-fantasy whose power will move the hardest reader to tears -- followed by a hug or a phone call (depending on one's proximity to one's mom).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Vanden Eynden on May 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Having been a fan of Berkeley Breathed's since high school and his BLOOM COUNTY days, I was excited to find this picture book about the relationship between a boy and his mom. As the mother of twin boys, I can understand being on the receiving end of feelings similar to Milo's. The story was funny and ultimately moved me to tears. And of course, Breathed's pictures are phenomenal, characterized by his unique style and attention to detail. When I read the book with my 11-year-old boys, both of whom love to draw and dream of being comic book artists, they were very impressed with the artwork and spent time on each page, searching all of the pictures to be sure they didn't miss any elements.

With Mother's Day just around the corner, this is the perfect book for the mom in your life, especially if she has sons.
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