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What Moms Can't Do Hardcover – March 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068983358X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689833588
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Are there really things that moms can't do? Apparently, actually, quite a few. At least as far as dinosaur moms are concerned. Then again, human kids and moms might find some interspecies similarities in this playful picture book authored and illustrated by the same team that brought us--what else?--What Dads Can't Do (which writer Douglas Wood called "a much easier book to write than Moms"). The list of maternal "failings"--energetically demonstrated by a cute mom-and-son team of Dinosauria suburbis--covers an entire day, from wake-up to tuck-in: Moms are limited in their breakfast choices (they can't have "Yummos with purple marshmallows... Only coffee, or tea, or yogurt, or bran flakes. Yuck."), moms can't push grocery carts fast enough, and "Moms don't know how to keep salamanders in their shirts." To top it off, "Sometimes moms can't hear themselves think (whatever that means)."

But there's one thing that moms can do "better than almost anyone... and that's love you." Sweetly drawn and written, What Moms Can't Do should make for fun snuggled-up reading, because, of course, moms "feel much better with someone on their lap." (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes

From Publishers Weekly

Following closely on the heels of What Dads Can't Do and starring the same irresistible dinos, What Moms Can't Do by Douglas Wood, illus. by Doug Cushman, once again injects humor into every scenario. The spread "Moms can't wait... to wake up kids in the morning. They can't make the bed without lots of help," for instance, shows only a set of reptilian toes on a pillow, then jumping on the bed to "help" make it.

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It is a quick read and often requested at bed time.
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I love the way Wood gives the typical preschooler attitude to his main character.
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It's a definite must have for any child's beginning library.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on April 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Douglas Wood really captures the pre-school mind as he takes a long look at all the little things Mom can't do. She can't push a grocery cart fast enough. She never knows how to pick out the right clothes. She eats all the wrong things for breakfast, like coffee and yogurt and bran flakes instead of Yummos with purple marshmallows. She always has trouble saying good-bye and she can't let go of a hug without a kiss or two or five. Poor Mom, she's helpless. It's a good thing she has her little one to look after her..... Told from the child's perspective, What Moms Can't Do is a creative and inventive story all pre-schoolers will love. Mr Wood's simple, gentle and witty text are beautifully complimented by Doug Cushman's colorful and expressive artwork featuring a mother and little dinosaur. Fortunately, that little dinosaur has found one thing that Moms do better than anyone else...they love you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
From the moment we started reading this book, my kids and I were laughing about all the things moms can't do. It's funny and nicely illustrated, but best of all it puts a cute spin on how we involve our kids in our daily activities. If you like this one, you'll also like OLIVIA, about an energetic pig who wears herself and her mother out.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "laces" on March 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Even though this isn't -about- dinosaurs, the pictures caught my eye and after reading the first 2 pages, I was hooked! I love the way Wood gives the typical preschooler attitude to his main character. It is so true to form. Even high school kids don't think their mothers are capable of doing ANYTHING. Parents can appreciate the humor and how much the dialog sounds just like a comment their own little one has made. There is also a version with a Dad who can't do anything, that would make a great father's day gift!
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Apparently, last reviewer, you missed the whole point of the book. OBVIOUSLY, to anyone with half a brain, it is clear that this book is not REALLY about things moms can't do - it's a warm, funny, and insightful look at the habits of caring, wise, and wonderful mothers as seen through the eyes of a young child. Loosen up a little bit - no one is out to get you! And the author & illustrator of this book certainly are not implying that mothers are incapable - quite the opposite. Ever hear of sarcasm? Humor? This book and the Dads version (What Dads Can't Do) are cleverly and tenderly written and illustrated, and are tributes to parents, not the opposite, as you accuse.
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Format: Hardcover
Recently picked up this book for my niece and found that I enjoyed it more than she probably did. I think the humor is very sweet and incredibly enjoyable. It's a wonderful take on what moms can't do from the little one's perspective.

The illustrations really add to the fun of the story and remind me of books I was read as a child.

I highly recommend this fun story for your child and even more so for yourself.
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By Kate S. on October 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I accidentally ruined one of my sons library books and was pleased to find it's replacement on here! Fun book with a great story line!
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By Randie on May 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Wood, D. (2001). What Moms Can't Do. Cushman, D. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster for Young Readers.

Genre: Children's Picture Storybook

A young dinosaur child explains all the things that moms can't do. For example, moms have trouble keeping things clean and sometimes they can't hear themselves think. (Sound about right, moms?) The humor in these statements is the corresponding illustrations in which the young dinosaur is throwing his clothes, making a mess, and blasting his radio in the car. As funny as these statements might be, some of the book's points are very heartfelt. Wood and Cushman send an overall message that moms love their children and do many things to care for them throughout the day.

Reaction: The book is very touching, the only criticism I have is that the book might be more meaningful for children if the illustrations depicted an actual family instead of dinosaur characters.
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By Lola77 on December 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is too cute, bought one for my sister's kids after reading it myself! Made me laugh, my kids love the pictures
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