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Mars Needs Moms! Hardcover – April 10, 2007
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Apparently Martians. They don't have moms, after all. So when they land and swipe his mom, Milo doesn't stop to wonder why he's chasing them, he just does. And on this extraordinary adventure, he also figures out what makes moms so special.
With candy-colored, vivid illustrations, Mars Needs Moms! will have all kids pouring over the pages. It is a fun, if not a little clunky, read-aloud full of alliteration and subtlety. Breathed uses extensive vocabulary (as recommended in The Read-Aloud Handbook (Trelease) to build the listening vocabulary of young readers) that might bring a few complaints from some, but it doesn't detract from the story. If anything it adds. This story also has the additional benefit of pointing out what self-sacrificing people mothers really are...without making it overly obvious to the kids.
And I just have to comment on the genius of the illustrations. My favorite is of the Martians who are trying to lure an unsuspecting mother with a Starbucks latte. The mom just stands and stares, desperately wanting the caffeine fix, but with groceries on both hips, a purse and a shopping bag in her hands, and a baby strapped onto her chest, she couldn't possibly stoop to pick it up. Perfect!
Armchair Interviews says: Nice complementary words and illustrations to make a fun book.
Looking across space at earth, motherless Martians realize at last what their Red Planet lacks - Moms! To fill this void, they journey to earth with a big net in order to nab a few of those magical creatures.
Breathed's art, which ranges from rich pastel painting to charcoal sketches, brings this book to life. Nor does he neglect the story, which parents and children alike will enjoy. All of that, combined with a wonderful lesson about the real value of parents -- more than just veggie Chuffers -- makes this a must have for every kids book shelf!
I loved this story, the storyline is creative starting with a boy who doesn't appreciate his mother at all through the progression of his fears that his mother was abducted, to the ultimate sacrifice his mother made for him in the end. It's a life lesson for this little boy, however young he is, and his heart grows tremendously by the end of the story to show his gratefulness towards his mother. The aliens learn a lesson in love as well at the end of the story.
The illustrations in this book is fantastic, with great detail and a sense of realistic visual impact to the readers. The colors are very vibrant and use of muted colors as well as bright colors are perfectly controlled to give this story an artistic rendition and a sense that you can even be in it along side the characters. This is a very touching book and I recommend this to all mothers, young and old.
I purchased it for Mother's Day. My wife loved it although she started crying at the same point I did. I told her I loved her for all the sacrifices she makes on a daily basis.
This book will be an instant classic in your household. The artwork is great, there are plenty of funny "Easter Eggs" throughout, and the storytelling is great. You will not be disappointed!