How to Turn Your Mom into A Monster
Do you like smearing your lunch all over yourself? Do you fight with your sister just because she’s there? Do you find yourself unable to go to bed because mysterious ninjas keep stealing your pajamas? Then you’re a little monster! Guess what: Mom can be a monster too! It’s up to you to make your mom’s monster come out to play . . .
“I loved it! It made me giggle!”
— Roman O., age 7
“This book is silly, Mommy!”
— Liv E., age 3
“Mommy, it is so funny! Let’s do that page with the unicorn and ogre again.”
— Eloise O., age 4
“Good book! Mom, I tooted.”
— Wilson Q., age 3
“Bahahahahaahahahaha hahahaha ha ha ha!”
— Drew P., age 5
Gold Winner at Benjamin Franklin Book Awards 2018 IBPA
2018 Eric Hoffer Grand Prize Finalist
Midwest Book Review
How to Turn Your Mom Into a Monster was inspired by Aurora Whittet’s five-year-old son and his friends and offers a positive perspective of young trouble-makers and their antics.
Parents who look for creative, fun read-alouds for youngsters attracted to funny-looking monsters and picture book stories that include psychological insights will relish this story of how children have about ten hours in a day to turn a smiling mother into a Cuddly Monster.
This account takes the form of a how-to manual that gives clues on how to ‘bother Mom’ that range from flinging her purse into the floor and writing her name on the wall with her lipstick to starting a fake fight with one’s sibling.
The purpose? More bed-time cuddles. But, bed-time is the prime time for resistance…isn’t it?
Kids and parents will relish a funny story that takes many unexpected turns and encourages dialogue and laughter in read-aloud settings.
Too many bedtime and read-aloud picture books are overly predictable. The serious and fun story presented here offers exceptional psychological insights in a fun and different story, not to be missed.
– D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
Mama’s Knight: A Cancer Story of Love
Once upon a time… It’s how all heroes begin their story, and you’re a hero, too! Your mama has cancer, and it’s a scary journey, but you can help your mama just by being you—special, wonderful, YOU. Your mama loves you just the way you are. You are your mama’s knight.
Mama’s Knight: A Cancer Story of Love is an emotional toolbox that can help kids and parents communicate about what it means for Mama to have cancer. The book is filled with tools and activities designed to make coping with illness easier on both parent and child, and can be personalized for each child.
“A cancer diagnosis affects the entire family, and discussing it with young children can be difficult in so many ways. Mama’s Knight is a delightful, interactive story that will help parents approach this difficult journey in a way that protects their child’s emotional health and strengthens their bond along the way.” — David Quale, MD, pediatrician
“As a counselor, I so appreciate the communication tools Mama’s Knight provides families. To be able to communicate with one another about the complicated emotions that go along with cancer will be a blessing to so many. I also loved the superhero helper cards, as they will build an amazing and needed spirit of support within the family.” — Michelle Craveiro, MA, LMFT, family therapist
“I have never seen anything like this in my many years of caring for women. … This book provides an amazing, and much-needed, tool for families with young children who are facing the challenges of cancer and treatment together. I cannot wait to share this with my patients.” — Amy McNally, MD, gynecologic oncology
Midwest Book Review
Midwest Book Review named the book a “Reviewer’s Choice” saying, “Mama’s Knight: A Cancer Story of Love is an emotional toolbox that can help kids and parents communicate about what it means for Mama to have cancer… Mama’s Knight is very highly recommended for family, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.”