M.O.M. (Mom Operating Manual)

M.O.M. (Mom Operating Manual)

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Book - 2011 | 1st ed.
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A guide to the care and maintenance of mothers, who are, according to the manual, "the most advanced human models on the planet."
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781416961505
Branch Call Number: CRONIN D
Characteristics: 54 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Cornell, Laura - Illustrator


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Oct 28, 2014

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Apr 08, 2012

finnja22 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 10

SPL_Childrens Dec 30, 2011

SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8


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Oct 28, 2014

This is a picture book with seven chapters including: 1) A brief historical overview on moms 2) Daily care and maintenance 3) Grooming 4) Outdoor use 5) Troubleshooting 6) Reset 7) Final note

I was hoping when I began to read this book that it would truly give children some valid advice on the care of moms. Instead this book degrades mothers by showing how they are always sloppy, falling apart, dirty, erratic and desperate. The humor used to portray these things is more appropriate for middle school age and above. This book is advertized for ages 4-8. I don't know how a four year old is supposed to get anything from this book. I didn't even understand the chapter on Outdoor use other than moms are supposed to do all of the heavy lifting.

Basically the morals I took away from this book are: 1) If there are messes, hide them 2) Help your mom get more exercise by resisting more 3) Moms are often equal to animals 4) Moms should do all of the work 5) When your mom finally goes into complete shut down, obey for a little while until she resets 6) If that fails, make fun of her.

The illustrations and layout are sloppy making the story hard to follow most of the time.

This book had a potentially good subject matter, but the execution was a let down. I would not recommend this book to children of any elementary school age.

madamereadsalot Jan 06, 2012

This was a cute book but a little too wordy for my 6 year old. A great read for parents and older kids because it is so very true!


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SPL_Childrens Dec 30, 2011

For children who would like to understand moms better, Doreen Cronin’s new picture book is a definite must-read. It’s also a must-read for moms who want (or need) a laugh.
The M.O.M (Mom Operating Manual) will instruct children how to understand, treat and nurture the complex species commonly known as “moms”. (Dads can pick up some valuable tips and hints here too.)
Moms come in various shapes, sizes and temperaments. They have various talents, skills and abilities. They are “the most advanced human models on the planet.” But they are also complicated, and it’s essential to understand them and to take good care of them.
Here are some the questions that this manual will answer for the curious: How much sleep do moms need? What could it signify if your mother is completely silent (other than laryngitis)? What behaviour do mothers exhibit when stressed, “overloaded” or “malfunctioning”? What are the visual and auditory signs and symptoms that they display prior to “losing it” – and can anything be done to avoid a complete meltdown?
Of course, the question that every child really wants to know about mothers is, “Do they truly have eyes in the backs of their heads?” This crucial question is answered with results from the latest research: “It is widely reported that moms have eyes in the backs of their heads … science has been unable to disprove this. Act accordingly.”
As this “informative” book advises, moms are infinitely precious, truly amazing, and should last for many, many years (with the proper maintenance and care). At the same time, it’s good to know that research about mothers is ongoing.
Laura Cornell’s cartoon-like illustrations compliment perfectly the “tongue-in-cheek” suggestions and advice about mom-care which is so freely dispensed in this book
Note: Batteries are not included with copies of the Mom Operating Manual.


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