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Book Title: Mars Needs Moms!|
The author of the book: Berkeley Breathed
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Reader ratings: 3.8
Edition: Philomel Books
Date of issue: April 10th 2007
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I really did not like this book. However, I have to start by acknowledging the fantastic illustrations (If I could rate them separately, I'd give the illustrations 4 stars and the story 1).
Onward to the plot.
The protagonist is a little boy who can't stand his mother and sees her as a nagging tyrant out to ruin his life. One day she is kidnapped by martians seeking moms for their motherless planet. The boy follows the martians and ends up almost dying in the unfavorable martian atmosphere. His mother finds him and sacrifices her own life to save him, though thankfully she ends up being rescued at the last minute by the aliens. In the end, he comes to realize that he loves (?) his mother. Or rather, that he appreciates her in terms of what she can do for him.
So the basic plot is cute and good - no issues there. My problem comes with the treatment of moms. In Breathed's story, the value of a mom is solely to serve their child. The kid comes to "value" his mom because she drives him places and does thing FOR him. According to all the reasons given for why a mom has any worth, a working mom would be 100% equal to a nanny or day-care provider.
If the kid had come to realize his mom had value because of how much she loved him (and he her), how they did things together, how much she cared for him, etc., I would have really liked the book. As is, I just can't stand how he ties a woman's worth to being, for all intents and purposes, an indentured servants to her kids.
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Read information about the authorGuy Berkeley "Berke" Breathed is an American cartoonist, children's book author/illustrator, director, and screenwriter, best known for Bloom County, a 1980s cartoon-comic strip which dealt with socio-political issues as seen through the eyes of highly exaggerated characters (e.g. Bill the Cat and Opus the Penguin) and humorous analogies.
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