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My Mama Says There Aren't Any Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires, Demons, Monsters, Fiend Paperback – Oct 31 1987

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; 2nd ed. edition (Oct. 31 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689712049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689712043
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 0.5 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #475,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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Ever since I read "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day", I always wanted to pick up another book by Judith Viorst. This book is it and does not disappoint. A little boy, Nick, is convinced that there are monsters, vampires and other night creatures out to get him. His mother tells him there aren't any. But Nick is not so sure, especially since his mother is wrong about so many other things, such as there being no more cream cheese left when it is really hiding under the lettuce; him being able to carry the heavy bag with the eggs in it when he can't; and telling him his crayons are on the top shelf when in fact they are not. Just as Alexander said: "It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day", little Nick says: "So...sometimes even mamas make mistakes." However there are some things mamas are right about. The black and white illustrations by Kay Chorano are great and I especially like the way she draws the various monsters---very unusual, fantastic and scary. Children who are certain there is something lurking under their bed will enjoy this book and its comforting ending.
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By A Customer on May 18 2000
Format: Paperback
John Irving's novel "A Widow for One Year" describes a children's book author who has achieved fame for a work, "The Mouse Between the Walls," that is actually quite scary and unsettling to children, suggesting all sorts of primal monsters lurking under the bed may be responsible for nighttime noises that turn out to have been made by a mouse.
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.
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I bought this book after reading the good comments of other reviewers, but find I completely wasted my money since I immediately donated it to charity without ever letting my kids see it. I am pretty liberal about what they read----"My Monster Mama loves me so" and "Frank was a Monster (who wanted to dance)" are their FAVORITE books---but this book is plain scary, not humorous or comforting. I bought this for my fearful 5-year-old (to try to help quell her fear of the dark) but this book would give even my eight-year-old nightmares, though my 10-year-old would probably find it amusing. I agree with the reviewer who said that mom is made to look like a bit of a dolt, right up until the very last (and somewhat confusing) page. If your kids weren't scared of the dark before reading this, it will give them plenty of new monsters to worry about. Skip this book and instead go for "No Such Thing".
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Now that my children are grown, I rarely find myself discussing children's books, but I just did. I was speaking to a young mother about children's books and "MY Mama Says" came to mind as one of the few books I never gave away. I wanted to be sure to have it for my grandchildren.
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.
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