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My Working Mom Hardcover – April 28, 1994


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 28, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688122590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688122591
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This gigglesome picture book about a "working mom" who's a witch fairly bursts with luminous illustrations, riotous counterparts to the deadpan text. Not that Glassman ( The Wizard Next Door ) wants to put too much color into his narrative--statements made by the narrator (the career mom's chatty daughter) could apply to any family, while the slapstick-y pictures are meant as the giveaway. Here, the mother's chemistry set includes a glowing caldron into which she tosses flies and green goo, and on Career Day she upstages other rather weird parents (among them a Frankenstein and the Creature from the Black Lagoon) by taking her daughter's classmates on a broom ride. Witchery and home life often mingle, as when the girl claims that her mother sometimes "yells at me for playing with something she's working on"--while an illustration shows her enjoying a game of badminton with an enormous frog. Arnold's ( Green Wilma ) punchy watercolor and colored-pencil pictures seem lit from within, and his lizards, mice and assorted creepy-crawlies are endearing rather than slimy; if this book rates low on the fun-to-read scale, its fun-to-look-at level is through the roof. Ages 3-up.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-Zany cartoon drawings tell the real story of this working mom who experiments in her lab, flies off to meetings, and makes weird dinners. For this woman is a witch, an occupation that has its up side when it comes to giving out-of-this world birthday parties and doing her thing during parents' day at school. The fun is all in the bright, colorful pictures that give meaning to the simple text; without them, there would be no story at all. Cauldrons, toads, salamanders, and bats are all here, and are all the more hilarious because they appear in the midst of a traditional suburban household. Youngsters will go back to this one again and again, each time finding new details to laugh over.
Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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I paid 75 cents for the book.
LACIE D. CANNON
Do not read this book to your child unless you want your child to think you are a witch for working.
Jennifer/Connect with your Teens
Not everyone can be, or wants to be, a stay at home mom.
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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful By erica on June 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
Is anyone else here because they wanted to find out if this book was real? Page 255 of Tina Fey's Bossypants, describes this book and says, "I didn't love it. I'm sure the TWO MEN who wrote this book had the absolute best intentions....the topic of working moms is a tap-dance recital in a minefield."
Exactly, Tina. Exactly.
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94 of 98 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is soooo bad I burst out laughing. I am married to a working mom, and even I could tell that it is insulting to working moms everywhere! Working moms have enough guilt without this book to pile salt in the wound. Portraying the working mom as a witch sets the book off to a bad start. And to imply that she is rarely around, always late for kids' events, and ferocious after a bad day (as if stay-at-home moms don't get mad!) is no help. Would the author have written this about a working dad? I doubt it. This book sets us back decades in our fight for social justice.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By JamesnJosie on February 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In "My Working Daddy," Daddy Troll comes home from a hard day of trolling right in time to kiss baby troll goodnight (but no story, daddy troll is tired) and goes to watch some baseball. Meanwhile, Mommy Troll (working or otherwise) packs lunches, does laundry, washes dishes and sweeps the floors. He might be cranky, he might be absent, but Daddy Troll works and he wouldn't be the same any other way.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
After a hard day at work, fixing dinner for my family, getting everyone bathed, and doing homework I found it par for the course to sit down to a book about a working mom who is a witch. She is not even very successful as a working mom witch!!! When will society start being kind to the working mother? I found this a distressing comentary on how society sees women in the workplace. I do not think it is appropriate for children.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By hopelessromantic on May 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What an incredibly horrible message for children! My mother worked and was wonderful and she will always be my role model because of that. Shame on the author for putting additional pressure on working mothers. How on earth would this man understand the experience of a working mother? Also, he obviously never took into account that SOME WOMEN DO NOT HAVE A CHOICE AND NEED TO SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES. Not everyone can be, or wants to be, a stay at home mom. Where the hell is the "My Work-a-holic Daddy" book? This is a ridiculous piece of nonsense and I know because I wasted 3 minutes of my life reading it. The author should be ashamed of himself.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By heloperator on February 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
HA! Wow. This book is REAL? I also checked to see if this was real after reading Tina Fey's book and I'm absolutely appalled. Please nobody ever buy this book, it's an insult to women.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By LACIE D. CANNON on August 8, 2011
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For a mom who HAS to work. Who has no choice but to work, this book is an insult. Let me insert here that it was written by a MAN! The book begins "It's not easy having a working mom. Especially when she enjoys her work." And it's all downhill from there. The mother is a WITCH! I called and read it to family and friends who were all in shock that such a book existed. Some even thought it was a joke. No, this is not a joke. It's a horrible excuse for a book and a terrible example of a working mom. I am sure that there are some mom's out there who are a living example of the witch in the book but a terrible example of what most working moms strive to be; good at there jobs and an even better mom. I paid 75 cents for the book. What a waste!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Knight on May 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I too am one of the moms who found this book courtesy of Tina Fey. I also believed it to be a joke but am not too surprised that is it not. How utterly offensive and down right misogynistic of the mom to be portrayed as a witch! I am not saying don't write about the real experience children have with working mommies, I know I am often short, absent and a myriad of other ways I am not the Norman Rockwell painting of motherhood but I am a real person who deeply loves her children, works because I have to but is fortunate to work at what I love and I don't need a working man to tell me that I am a witch for doing it. Shame on you privileged 1% white guy.
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