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Product Details

  • Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450535658
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450535656
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

That Mama is a Grouch was honored as a finalist in the Parenting/General category of  the 2010 USA Book News Awards and the 2011 International Book Awards.   It was also awarded first place in the Parenting category of the 2011 Pinnacle Book Awards and was a 2013 Mom's Choice Awards silver recipient.

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This book is true to everyday life experiences.
J. Graham
My children (10, 8, and 6 years old) were enthralled while we read it, and the next day went looking for the book to read it again on their own.
Steven C. Cunningham
This book was wonderfully illustrated and well thought out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Hummel on May 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
The first time I read this to my daughter, she gave me a huge hug and then proceeded to have me read it over and over again. I believe we read it a total of 8 times in a row!

The message is delightfully conveyed, illustrations are fun, and the story is relatable to young children. The book not only entertained my child, but lead to a great conversation about rules, and feelings, and how to talk about what is bothering us together. My daughter did assure me, once we had finished our eighth reading that first day, that I myself am not a grouch, which was something that I was quite relieved to hear.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DaniKirra on March 31, 2011
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Absolutely Brilliant! My children love this book. The first time me and my daughter read it she went right upstairs to clean her room, and that never happens! I have only had the book 2 days and I have read it about 10 times already, my children can't get enough. Every Mother and child can relate to this book. It is both humorous and delightful and explains both aspects of the typical family household, the messy child and the grouchy mom. I highly recommend this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mymcbooks on April 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
In Sherry Ellis' delightful book, That Mama is a Grouch; children from age 3-7 will quickly learn that clutter-caused tension in a home can be avoided. In this story, Mama is having a bit of a tantrum over the mess, and the narrator, a precocious child indeed, soon understands all too well. Toys are strewn about as obstacles that can cause falls and short tempers. Mama is tired-tired-tired of cleaning up this constant clutter. In a voice as wise as it is adorable, the narrator reminds children that parents are human, with feelings and moods. At the same time, parents are reminded that children are, well, children!

That Mama is a Grouch book explains why Mama is a grouch she is in need of some quite time, but she isn't having one because her little girl decided to leave all her toys all over the entire house without picking them up after playing. This story is about listening, agreement and conversation between an adult and a child. It teaches and explains to children why it is necessary to clean up their room and pick up their toys and also listen to their parents. I like the illustrations as it helps the reader to understand the frustrations of the mother and the daughter. This book is the Best Book Award Finalist and I highly recommend the parents have a copy to read to their child.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Author to review and giveaway on my blog. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mason Canyon on June 12, 2014
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For every child that has ever felt they were being unfairly treated, author Sherry Ellis’ THAT MAMA IS A GROUCH will be a must-read.

A carefree youngster feels her mother is always a grouch, never understanding that she only wants to be a kid and have fun. Then the mother explains why she’s grouchy and what the young girl can do to help her be a better mom.

Illustrator Don Berry does a wonderful job bring the story to life with his drawings. His beautiful, bright illustrations are filled with extensive details depicting the scene.

The author combines humor and understanding to illustrate mothers are humans capable of much love. But she also shows they do have breaking points when pushed to extremes.

THAT MAMA IS A GROUCH is a fun look at why mothers sometimes appear to be so unreasonable to a young child. This story is a good way to help parents stress certain rules to youngsters, as well as a fun way for them to learn as they read.

A delightful book for any library collection.

FTC Full Disclosure – I won a copy of this book from the author’s website. No review was required, requested or even suggested. It is done by me for my own reasons. Receiving this complimentary copy did not influence my review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miguel Carbonell on July 16, 2010
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I recently read "That Mama is a Grouch" by Sherry Ellis to my five-year-old granddaughter Merryn. She thought the book was a real hoot. I had to read it to her twice in one evening. She kept saying, "Look, Abo. It looks just like my house." Merryn has a toddler brother that she frequently wakes up with her exuberant (okay, noisy) playing. Like most children, she enjoys taking the toys out of their trays and spreading them out all over the family room. We had the opportunity to babysit Merryn and her brother last Friday while the parents went out to do some shopping. She was reluctant to pick up the boys until Aba (that's my wife) reminded her about what we had read in "That Mama is a Grouch." Merryn then picked up her toys without any further objections. This is obviously a very desirable byproduct of Sherry Ellis's book. She obviously knows how to deal with young children. Her book examines typical everyday situations. She describes how an understanding mother (who may occasionally sound like a grouch) talks to her young daughter in a constructive manner.

Our granddaughter Merryn enjoyed the rhymes and the illustrations by Don Berry. I strongly recommend this very enjoyable book to anyone with young children.
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More About the Author

Sherry Ellis was born in 1971 in Parma, Ohio. She is children's author and professional musician who plays and teaches violin, viola, and piano. That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN is her first published book. Her second, That Mama is a Grouch, was honored as a finalist in both the 2010 USA Book News Awards, and the 2011 International Book Awards. It also was awarded first place in the parenting category of the 2011 Pinnacle Book Awards and was the recipient of the silver award in the 2013 Mom's Choice Awards. Sherry enjoys hiking, running, and SCUBA diving in addition to reading, writing, and playing her instruments. She lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia.

You can learn more about Sherry Ellis at her website, www.sherryellis.org.

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