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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 (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,515 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.

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 husband and two children in Loveland, Ohio.

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

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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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wayne S. Walker on March 3, 2011
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What is one of a mother's worst nightmares in her daily life around the house? A very active little girl, who loves to play, leaves her toys out in the living room, makes a mess in the kitchen at lunchtime, wakes up the baby from his nap with her noise, and even leaves her handprints all over the wall. The Mama, though she loves her daughter dearly, is almost at the end of her rope, threatening time outs and withholding favors. Will the two ever be able to reach some kind of solution that will satisfy both their needs?
Sherry Ellis, who also authored That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN!, has produced a humorous story which reminds us not only that mothers are human with feelings too and, well, kids are kids but that clutter-caused tension can be avoided. That Mama Is a Grouch was a USA Book News Best Books Award Finalist. The adorable rhyming text, narrated by the girl, along with the charming illustrations by Don Berry, serve to help children remember that one way to keep their parents from being so grouchy is to be neater, and to encourage parents not to be so grouchy. The next time a situation arises at your house, don't yell. Just read this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendy P. Jones on June 6, 2010
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That Mama Is a Grouch is a wonderful story that tells a relatable tale of two very important perspectives of a typical day in a toy-strewn house. My daughter and I enjoyed reading this book over and over again! We chuckled at how much the scenes and words were similar to our own. This story reminds parents that our child's creativity is not always complete at clean-up time, and offers a nice conversation starter for a new "agreement" between parents and children regarding the reasons for all those "rules". My daughter loved the story, as well as looking for the cute little mouse that appears on every page. As a Mama, I loved how this story normalizes the chaos that is so common with children in the house. Thank you Sherry Ellis! I highly recommend this book to any Mama!
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"That Mama is a Grouch" is a lovely children's picture book that explains in both pictures and rhyme, why Mama is a grouch: her adorable child is not cleaning up her mess, being quiet and considerate of baby's naptime, or being respectful of her food or home environment. Some simple rules help to clear the way through strewn toys and messy foods and boisterous activities to make life more pleasant for both Mama and family. An adorable tiny companion mouse helps the child follow cues to become a more self-cleaning model child. "That Mama is a Grouch" is perfect for children ages 3-8 who can benefit from learning some of the "rules" of considerate living together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 14, 2010
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As a grandmother of five little ones having new ways to teach the grandchildren about rules and good behavior when visiting is helpful. Sherry Ellis does this with rhyming words and colorful pictures in, "That Mama is a Grouch." The mother in this story gets mad at her child's antics and explains the importance of rules and in the end her daughter learns a bit of a lesson and understands better why her mother sometimes is a grouch. While this book is for children 3-7 my two grandchildren that are 9 both read this book and enjoyed it. That Mama is a Grouch is a Fun read with a purpose that most of us can relate to.
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