Disguised as a children’s book, M.O.M.* (Mom Operating Manual) is actually light-hearted entertainment for all parents with a sense of humor about themselves and their loved ones. Written by Doreen Cronin (Click, Clack, Moo) and illustrated by Laura Cornell (Big Words for Little People), this picture book is appropriate for children, but its humor will be more highly appreciated by adults.
The premise is that the M.O.M. will assist children to achieve peak performance from their personal Mom for many years to come. Children will enjoy the book because of its illustrations; they are clever, funny, and giggle-inducing – especially the example of a Malfunctioning Mom. (“If you see one, escape is the only option.”) Kids will also get a kick out of the instructions given about feeding and watering your Mom (“anything found under seat cushions is unacceptable”), outdoor use (“you can take them almost anywhere”), and bath night (“never use cold water or household soap on your mother”). For the Moms – and those who know them best – the book and its illustrations will tease out the silliness and laughter from parenting realities that are usually seen as less-than-enjoyable.
This is not a book whose audience is wholly adult; it’s not a Go the F*ck to Sleep or All My Friends are Dead. Buying those books quickly, based on the child-friendly illustrations, could cause some trauma if given to young children! On the other hand, M.O.M. can absolutely be shared with children, even young children. However, its jokes about moms, their shortcomings and their abilities, will resonate much more deeply with parents. Mothers in particular will recognize themselves in many of the pages. And hopefully, seeing a lighter-side of reality in print will provide much needed and therapeutic relief.
Watchung Booksellers has M.O.M. in stock, and you can order it from the Montclair Book Center or Words Bookstore in Maplewood. Thanks to the generosity of Simon & Schuster, someone can skip that step! We have a copy of M.O.M. (Mom Operating Manual) as well as an accompanying Mood Magnet for one lucky reader.
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To enter, tell us about a time you or your parent “malfunctioned” in a humorous way. One person who replies to this post by 11:59 pm EST on Thursday, October 27 will be chosen at random to receive a copy of M.O.M. (Mom Operating Manual).
No purchase necessary. Starts Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 7 am EST and ends Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. Open to U.S. residents ages 16 years and older. Void where prohibited.
photo of the author and illustrator courtesy of Jennifer Lee Photography.