Greven, Alec. How to Talk to Moms. Illustrated by Kei Acedera. HarperCollins, 2009. ISBN 9780061710018. $9.99. 47 p.
Reviewer: Alison Canar
Reading Level: Primary, Intermediate, Young adult
Subject: Mothers--Juvenile literature; Mothers--Psychology--Juvenile literature; Mother and child--Juvenile literature; Books--Reviews;
The ten-year old Casanova who taught readers all they needed to know about girls has more wisdom to share. This time his subject is that older woman in a boy's life--his mom. Although the title is How to Talk to Moms, there are fewer specific conversation points in this piece than Greven's first. It is also more generic and less wittily original. Nonetheless, there are still a few valuable techniques, such as learning how to avoid "the backfire" when trying to get out of chores. This book works well as a mother-son read along or as a novelty gift for mom. She will especially love the final chapter, "Why I Love My Mom," which praises moms for their unconditional love and devotion.
Volume 30, no. 1 (September/October 2009)
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