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Mars Needs Moms! Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 10, 2007

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039924736X
  • ASIN: B0012NZNE2
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,106,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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What's so great about mothers? They just make you eat food that you don't want and enforce hard work. They even send you to your room without dinner, those humorless tyrants. Who need them?

Apparently Martians. They don't have moms, after all. So when they land and swipe his mom, Milo doesn't stop to wonder why he's chasing them, he just does. And on this extraordinary adventure, he also figures out what makes moms so special.

With candy-colored, vivid illustrations, Mars Needs Moms! will have all kids pouring over the pages. It is a fun, if not a little clunky, read-aloud full of alliteration and subtlety. Breathed uses extensive vocabulary (as recommended in The Read-Aloud Handbook (Trelease) to build the listening vocabulary of young readers) that might bring a few complaints from some, but it doesn't detract from the story. If anything it adds. This story also has the additional benefit of pointing out what self-sacrificing people mothers really are...without making it overly obvious to the kids.

And I just have to comment on the genius of the illustrations. My favorite is of the Martians who are trying to lure an unsuspecting mother with a Starbucks latte. The mom just stands and stares, desperately wanting the caffeine fix, but with groceries on both hips, a purse and a shopping bag in her hands, and a baby strapped onto her chest, she couldn't possibly stoop to pick it up. Perfect!

Armchair Interviews says: Nice complementary words and illustrations to make a fun book.
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Perhaps I bought Mars Needs Moms! not so much for the great reviews, but because of a 30 something's nostalgia for the uproariously funny Bloom County. Yet as every parent knows, the acid test of any children's book is the frequency of the request at bedtime. By that standard, for my kids at least, Mars Needs Moms! is a winner! Not only does my 5 1/2 year-old enjoy it, often sitting around reading it to herself, but my three year old finds it equally delightful.

Looking across space at earth, motherless Martians realize at last what their Red Planet lacks - Moms! To fill this void, they journey to earth with a big net in order to nab a few of those magical creatures.

Breathed's art, which ranges from rich pastel painting to charcoal sketches, brings this book to life. Nor does he neglect the story, which parents and children alike will enjoy. All of that, combined with a wonderful lesson about the real value of parents -- more than just veggie Chuffers -- makes this a must have for every kids book shelf!
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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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I was with my 3 y/o son in Barnes & Noble and picked up this book because I love Bloom County & Opus. I thought it was a fun, lively book until I got to the part where Milo breaks his space helmet and his mother unflinchingly gives him hers. I welled up with tears and managed to get through the rest of the book.

I purchased it for Mother's Day. My wife loved it although she started crying at the same point I did. I told her I loved her for all the sacrifices she makes on a daily basis.

This book will be an instant classic in your household. The artwork is great, there are plenty of funny "Easter Eggs" throughout, and the storytelling is great. You will not be disappointed!
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