Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Monster Mama by Liz Rosenberg, ill. Stephen Gammell
Remember when I said to Kate that I wanted to do a certain book for Mother’s Day but would settle on doing it for Halloween season instead? What book could possibly encompass those two holidays? Behold! The rare Mother’s Day/Halloween crossover hit! Brought to you by the illustrator best known for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (though he’ll always be the winner of the Longest Caldecott Award Speech to me), this is a marvelous combination of love for your mama and downright scares. What could be better? Today we discuss the man who typified the “controlled Jackson Pollock” look.
Kate always gloms onto the weird details in a book that few would notice. Today’s example: our hero (Patrick Edward) is sick and his mother is feeding him. Note the toy he’s holding onto. Is that . . . is that a tiny . . . chair?
Kate also theorizes that this is the same car that this particular Monster Mama has owned since she was 16 and she just hasn’t bothered to replace yet. We also admire the rain. “The man is good with paint”.
Here, by the way, is a full-sized version of that toy chair Patrick Edward was holding earlier.
We both found it so strange that after hiding her face for the first part of the book, why did Gammell make the choice to reveal it in such an innocuous way mid-way through? I wonder if it was an editor’s note.
“My son has garnered powers and I need to stop him.”
Now THIS should have been the best possible way of introducing Monster Mama in her full glory for the first time. “This is what you want your mom to be when she defends you when people are picking on you.”
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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