My Mama Says There Aren't Any Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires, Demons, Monsters, Fiend Paperback – Oct 31 1987
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From the Publisher
MY MAMA SAYS...
Maybe there isn't any mean-eyed monster with long slimy hair and pointy claws going scritchyscratch, scritchy-scritchy-scratch outside his window. And maybe there isn't a Thing in his yard, coming to swallow him up. His Mama says there positively aren't. But...sometimes even Mamas make mistakes.
Yes, once she said there wasn't any cream cheese for his sandwich, and then he found it underneath the lettuce. And once she said his tooth would fall out Thursday, and then it stayed till Sunday after lunch. And once he told her chocolate nut and she brought back rum raisin. Yes...sometimes even Mamas make mistakes.
And so, when his Mama says that no creature is reaching out its hand, to pinch him or squinch him or push him or squush him or worse, can he believe her?
For lots of times a Mama makes mistakes.
But when it comes to demons and fiends and other bedtime terrors, sometimes even Mamas can be trusted. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Judith Viorst was born and brought up in New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers University, moved to Greenwich Village, and has lived in Washington, DC, since 1960, when she married Milton Viorst, a political writer. They have three sons and seven grandchildren. A graduate in 1981 of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, Viorst writes in many different areas: science books, children’s chapter and picture books—including the beloved Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which has sold some four million copies—adult fiction and nonfiction—including the New York Times bestseller, Necessary Losses—poetry for children and adults, and four musicals. Her most recent book of poetry for adults, Wait For Me and Other Poems About the Irritations and Consolations of a Long Marriage, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2015. Her most recent book of poetry for children, What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About? was published in 2016 by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books.
Top Customer Reviews
The real-life equivalent is found in this frightful book by Judith Viorst. Half of the story is devoted to describing various zombies and ghouls waiting to get the child, while the other half is spent destroying the credibility of the parent who assures the child no such goblins exist. To wit -- Mommy says there are no monsters, but Mommy has been wrong on this occasion, and on this occasion, and on this occasion. (And the mother is indeed portrayed as a woman of little common sense, in one case insisting, despite protest, that her small child carry a grocery bag full of eggs, with disastrous results. What real mother in her right mind would do something like that?)
Perhaps this book was considered refreshing when it was penned in 1973. Seems more like a ticket to therapy, if you ask me. If you want to give your child an insecurity complex, this book is a good place to start.
All three of my children loved the story and remember it to this day. Not only is it cute and well illustrated, but it was SHORT. It often allowed me to keep my promise to read to my children every night. Whenever I had to go out or tend to a new baby, "My Mama Says" would be a welcome tale.
I totally disagree with the reviewer that warned about this book producing fears. Most of the monsters are smiling!
Now that I am preparing my library for grandchildren, I am so happy to find this book still in print. I can't wait to enjoy it the second time around....Bravo Judith.
Most recent customer reviews
This was my FAVORITE book when I was little. The monsters did creep into my dreams, but the theme of the book is that Mom, though she did sometimes make mistakes, was the... Read morePublished on May 13 2004
Sure, some of the illustrations scared me as a kid, but I loved it all the same. I used to beg my mom to read it to me all the time. Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2002 by petite souris
This book was one of my all time favorites...I could not remember the name of it only that moms arent always right...and the imagery has stayed with me for some 20 years!Published on Aug. 10 2001