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Kindergarten-Grade 2—After stating that her mother "looks like a nice mom" who takes people where they need to go and makes boo-boos stop hurting, Emma goes on to list the ways her parents are trying to ruin her life. She imagines them both thrown in jail for their crimes of kissing her in front of her friends, worrying too much, and making her clean her room and do her homework. But thinking about a parent-free life only serves to remind her how much she really does need her mom and dad, and in the end she says, "I love you!" Done in bright pinks and greens, the expressive cartoon illustrations bring a lot of personality and humor to the plot, but frustrated kids and their struggling parents will find this saccharine story a bit too naive.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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Feiffer and Goode, the team behind President Pennybaker (2008), have created another fable about independence. With all the pretween angst she can muster, our heroine wonders, “If my mom is such a nice mom, why is she trying to ruin my life?” She talks too loud, brings shorts for her to change into at school, and kisses her face—in public! She gets no relief from her father either, who wants her to do homework and go to bed on time. So the girl devises a plan to run away and have her parents thrown in jail. While the text is skewed to the little girl’s perspective, Goode’s trademark retro illustrations capture the good intentions of Mom and Dad, and the hurt and loss they feel when separated from their daughter. Young readers will enjoy the fantasy of freedom and want to read this without help from their own embarrassing parents. In the end, they will come to the conclusion that even though their parents might be trying to ruin their lives, that’s all a part of being loved. Grades 1-3. --Courtney Jones
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; Repackage edition (March 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416941002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416941002
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #937,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great book for elementary school-aged students. The book, written in first person as by a child, talks of how life would be so grand if the mother was not in the picture. Her constant presence and oversight is frustrating. But, then, the child realizes that his/her world would be so much worse without that security and love. I liked it so much I have purchased it for my grandson!
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By J. Berman on July 19, 2009
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I love reading this book to my daughter. It captures the true spirit of little girls, parents who want the best for them and how she learns how much she loves her parents. It is so hilarious. We love it!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tamara Carpentier on July 22, 2013
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Honestly I do not understand a book that encourages children to run away from home, hide from their parents and have them arrested because they don't like what goes on at home...I thought it was cute until all that came into play - I am sure all the 5star givers will think I am being over bearing but I refuse to encourage my daughter to rebel if she doesn't agree with their parents by running away and calling police over ridiculous things - maybe funny for adults but I feel a terrible example for a childrens book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronna Perrin on August 6, 2012
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My daughter and 8 year old granddaughter were having relationship issues. I sent this book to my daughter. She said my granddaughters favorite part was putting her parents in jail. She would giggle when her mother read this book to her. Their relationship has become much smoother. It's wonderful to know that there is no subject that is not addressed by someone who has been through the same bump in the "raising daughter's" road.
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