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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 sandw 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.


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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 sandw 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.

30 review for My Mama Says There Aren't Any Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires, Creatures, Demons, Monsters, Fiends, Goblins, or Things

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cana

    Mommy says: Really funny book about a kid whose Mama tells him there aren't any Zombies, etc., then he counters her each time with a tale of when she was wrong. So if she was wrong all those times, is she right or wrong about the zombies and monsters and such? Really cute and fun for Halloween or any time of the year. When our sitter read this book to my daughter, about halfway through, my daughter announced, "MY Mommy NEVER makes mistakes." I understand that I have about 7 more years before she Mommy says: Really funny book about a kid whose Mama tells him there aren't any Zombies, etc., then he counters her each time with a tale of when she was wrong. So if she was wrong all those times, is she right or wrong about the zombies and monsters and such? Really cute and fun for Halloween or any time of the year. When our sitter read this book to my daughter, about halfway through, my daughter announced, "MY Mommy NEVER makes mistakes." I understand that I have about 7 more years before she figures out that am just as flawed as the next fool!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christy Brown

    I really liked this book; it has simplicity to it that the more popular books of today do not have. The basic colors of the illustrations being in black, looks like the illustrator used pencil to sketch the pictures or at least that is what it looks like to me. I like the story as well that the child is questioning his mother and if she is telling him the truth or is she making a mistake just like he does sometimes. I like the book in the fact that it tells a story that students can relate to ab I really liked this book; it has simplicity to it that the more popular books of today do not have. The basic colors of the illustrations being in black, looks like the illustrator used pencil to sketch the pictures or at least that is what it looks like to me. I like the story as well that the child is questioning his mother and if she is telling him the truth or is she making a mistake just like he does sometimes. I like the book in the fact that it tells a story that students can relate to about everyday events and the fears of what my students are feeling.

  3. 5 out of 5

    HeavyReader

    Proves that mothers aren't always right. This is a good lessons for both kids and moms. I think this book is really funny and fun. One of my favorites Proves that mothers aren't always right. This is a good lessons for both kids and moms. I think this book is really funny and fun. One of my favorites

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jj

    So far I really enjoyed reading this authors books. Her writing style is great and extraordinary. I love her imagination on this book and her details.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra Gelvin

    Maybe there aren't any ghosts, but there definitely are things. I remember enjoying this book as a child. Which is kind of strange, because as an adult, it almost seems like it might be too scary for a child. Maybe too scary for a young child. The story: a little boy, about six or seven, is talking about various things that he's afraid of. His mama says that the monsters he's afraid of aren't really there. There's no monster scratching at his window; there's no vampire flying over his house; there Maybe there aren't any ghosts, but there definitely are things. I remember enjoying this book as a child. Which is kind of strange, because as an adult, it almost seems like it might be too scary for a child. Maybe too scary for a young child. The story: a little boy, about six or seven, is talking about various things that he's afraid of. His mama says that the monsters he's afraid of aren't really there. There's no monster scratching at his window; there's no vampire flying over his house; there's no ghost in his closet. But it alternates between talking about how his mama says they don't exist, and relating events where his mama was wrong. "But yesterday my mama said I couldn't have some cream cheese on my sandwich, because, she said, there wasn't any more. And then I found the cream cheese under the lettuce in back of the Jello. So... sometimes even mamas make mistakes." Things that humanize the mother. I think that was something I really appreciated as a child, that my parents, my mother especially, weren't afraid to admit when they were wrong, or had made a mistake, and read books like this that depict the parent as not always being in the right. "But Monday Mama said she put my crayons on my shelf. Just use your eyes, she said, and you will find them. I can't. You can. I can't. You can. I can't. All right! I'll find them, she said (not very nicely). But, guess what? She couldn't, too. So... sometimes even mamas make mistakes." And the very last one in the book is that a creature is coming after him, and he's afraid because the creature grabs him. And it turns out that it's not a creature but his mama in a blanket. And the last two sentences are, "Well, sometimes even mamas make mistakes. But sometimes they don't." The illustrations are really well done black and white ink drawings. A lot of the subtle detail on the monsters implies that they are actually everyday objects that the boy is misinterpreting. For example, the ghost in his closet's tie is partly made of a sock, suggesting that the ghost is made of a pile of clothes. I would be wary of reading this to an overly sensitive child, although I would identify my child self as a easily scared and I wasn't messed up. The monsters, while not realistic, might put ideas in the child's head, like a fiend that sneaked into his lower bunk. "And he's sniffing around for a boy to eat, and I'm the boy that he's sniffing, and... My mama says no fiends have sneaked in here." I guess it captures the insecurity of childhood with a vivid imagination, where you can't be sure that things aren't out to get you. And you know your parents are reassuring you, but can you trust them when you know they make mistakes? The book doesn't really resolve this question. In the last case, it's his mom in a blanket, but what about the others? There's no answers at the end. It's a lot like one of the author's other books, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," where one of the last sentences is, "Some days are like that." And you have to deal with it. It's a very realistic message, with nothing sugarcoated. It's true and it resonated with me as a child. I worried about a lot of things and identified with this child. I guess the lack of realism in the drawings of the monsters is what made this not as scary to me as a child, and that monsters were not really what I worried about. The realism of the story and the humanizing of the mother are really good. But know your child. Know whether this will add to their worries or ease them. Message: Parents are human, too, but they really love you and want what's best for you. For more children's book reviews, see my website at http://www.drttmk.com.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brett

    I'm not quite sure why the bebe likes this one, especially because it's so different from the ones that she usually likes. She hangs onto the repetition more so than others and I dig the crazy 70's vibe of it. Specifically Mama's bellbottom and loose sweater-vest getups topped with a head rap. More fun for Dad than bebe ultimately because the artwork has a Silverstein quality and is recognizable in its own right. But for a 1 1/2 year old, I can get through way more pages of this before she gets I'm not quite sure why the bebe likes this one, especially because it's so different from the ones that she usually likes. She hangs onto the repetition more so than others and I dig the crazy 70's vibe of it. Specifically Mama's bellbottom and loose sweater-vest getups topped with a head rap. More fun for Dad than bebe ultimately because the artwork has a Silverstein quality and is recognizable in its own right. But for a 1 1/2 year old, I can get through way more pages of this before she gets bored than others.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shelli

    How can anyone believe a mother that says there are no monsters, vampires, zombies or any other creatures that lurk in the shadows when she is always so wrong about everything else? Sure mom, I'll believe you when you can remember how to drive to Timmy's without getting lost even once. Mothers, they think they know everything! How can anyone believe a mother that says there are no monsters, vampires, zombies or any other creatures that lurk in the shadows when she is always so wrong about everything else? Sure mom, I'll believe you when you can remember how to drive to Timmy's without getting lost even once. Mothers, they think they know everything!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bryce Decker

    This is a silly story of a boy telling his mom what he's afraid of and her telling him they're not real. The boy then provides an example of when his mom was wrong countering it could be real because she makes makes mistakes too. This is a silly story of a boy telling his mom what he's afraid of and her telling him they're not real. The boy then provides an example of when his mom was wrong countering it could be real because she makes makes mistakes too.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erin Dunlavy

    I loved this book when I was little. When I got it to read to my little girl tonight I was shocked to see it was published the year I was born. I am not old, I'm classic. This book is classic. A really fun read that "gets" the child mind. Good and scary illustrations. I loved this book when I was little. When I got it to read to my little girl tonight I was shocked to see it was published the year I was born. I am not old, I'm classic. This book is classic. A really fun read that "gets" the child mind. Good and scary illustrations.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laurel L. Perez

    This may be a more dated read, but it was clever, and endearing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Sometimes even Mamas make mistakes.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alvana

    My kids would rate this a 4 or 5. They quote it now all the time, saying, “so...sometimes even mamas make mistakes.”

  13. 5 out of 5

    Megan Bode

    We love this book!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dolly

    I love Judith Viorst's books. They are so poignant, and sincere, and she often pulls no punches, even with sensitive and difficult topics. Her stories are usually filled with wit and wisdom, even those told from a child's perspective, like this one. This is a fun story about a little boy who is gradually discovering that his mom is not perfect, that she makes mistakes sometimes and is occasionally wrong. So when she promises that there are no monsters, he's not sure if he can believe her. The bl I love Judith Viorst's books. They are so poignant, and sincere, and she often pulls no punches, even with sensitive and difficult topics. Her stories are usually filled with wit and wisdom, even those told from a child's perspective, like this one. This is a fun story about a little boy who is gradually discovering that his mom is not perfect, that she makes mistakes sometimes and is occasionally wrong. So when she promises that there are no monsters, he's not sure if he can believe her. The black and white illustrations are comical and the monsters aren't too scary. For some reason, a couple of them reminded me of the creatures from Where the Wild Things Are, but perhaps that's just because the passing of Maurice Sendak has been on my mind. Overall, this was an entertaining story and we enjoyed reading this story together. We will certainly look for more of Judith Viorst's books at our local library.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rosa Cline

    This is a wonderful 'monster' book without being goory or scarey for younger children or like my boys they are special needs teenage boys and like to like things that are 'big boy' but yet they get scared easily. But this book they both enjoyed and sometimes giggled through. One son even took the book and carried it around and looked through it. Through the book the little boy thinks he sees all kinds of monsters and goblins etc but his Mama tells him there is no such thing but also his Mama tel This is a wonderful 'monster' book without being goory or scarey for younger children or like my boys they are special needs teenage boys and like to like things that are 'big boy' but yet they get scared easily. But this book they both enjoyed and sometimes giggled through. One son even took the book and carried it around and looked through it. Through the book the little boy thinks he sees all kinds of monsters and goblins etc but his Mama tells him there is no such thing but also his Mama tells him things like there wasn't any cream cheese for his sandwich but later he found some in the back of the fridge so 'sometimes Mama's make mistakes' cute little book that repeats things like this throughout the book along with him talking about seeing or hearing monsters. One we have now marked as one to own for our own 'little monsters'....

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I like the repetition in the book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    A great story about a boy who can't trust his mom because she makes mistakes about things like where his crayons are and his ability in carrying groceries. He believes there are monsters and things in his room at night. At the end of the story his mother pretends to be a monsters, but he realizes it's just her. This is a fun book, because the language is everyday language and make it easy to read. By the same author (Judith Viorst) as Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. A great story about a boy who can't trust his mom because she makes mistakes about things like where his crayons are and his ability in carrying groceries. He believes there are monsters and things in his room at night. At the end of the story his mother pretends to be a monsters, but he realizes it's just her. This is a fun book, because the language is everyday language and make it easy to read. By the same author (Judith Viorst) as Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    Cool addition to our Halloween library. I'm sort of ok with the message that moms are not always right, but tying that to the monsters makes it hard to reassure my child that monsters are only make believe. And really this book is asking kids to question their blind trust of their moms. It may be a bit early for us for that still. So I'm always uneasy reading this. My little one found it scary. But he liked it. Cool addition to our Halloween library. I'm sort of ok with the message that moms are not always right, but tying that to the monsters makes it hard to reassure my child that monsters are only make believe. And really this book is asking kids to question their blind trust of their moms. It may be a bit early for us for that still. So I'm always uneasy reading this. My little one found it scary. But he liked it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Siskiyou-Suzy

    I'm glad I got this book. It still makes me a little bit uncomfortable to think about introducing the idea that fantastical monster may be real to children, but I suppose parents and teachers will just have to know their children well before introducing it. For the brave, this book explores the ways in which parents make mistakes, again and again. And that is a very real thing. It explores the uncertainty a child may have with what they should believe. I'm glad I got this book. It still makes me a little bit uncomfortable to think about introducing the idea that fantastical monster may be real to children, but I suppose parents and teachers will just have to know their children well before introducing it. For the brave, this book explores the ways in which parents make mistakes, again and again. And that is a very real thing. It explores the uncertainty a child may have with what they should believe.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    I loved this story. Nick like most young children has fears of zombies, ghosts and other monsters. Each time he shares a fear, his mother reassures him. He adds in that his mother sometimes gets things wrong, so it would seem he's worried she might be wrong about monsters. The story is delightful and the line drawing pictures are beautiful. I loved this story. Nick like most young children has fears of zombies, ghosts and other monsters. Each time he shares a fear, his mother reassures him. He adds in that his mother sometimes gets things wrong, so it would seem he's worried she might be wrong about monsters. The story is delightful and the line drawing pictures are beautiful.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    How can Nick believe his mother's telling him there aren't any monsters when she forgets what his favorite flavor of ice cream is? Or when she makes him wear boots and it doesn't even rain? Well, sometimes Mamas do make mistakes...but sometimes they don't. Judith Viorst's appealing text combines with Kay Chorao's wickedly evocative drawings in this all-new edition of a fav. How can Nick believe his mother's telling him there aren't any monsters when she forgets what his favorite flavor of ice cream is? Or when she makes him wear boots and it doesn't even rain? Well, sometimes Mamas do make mistakes...but sometimes they don't. Judith Viorst's appealing text combines with Kay Chorao's wickedly evocative drawings in this all-new edition of a fav.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    What I love about this book (other than the great illustration of a vampire flying over a house) is the little boy who catalogues every mistake his mother has ever made - I think I recognize myself in that boy, but then I'm also the mother. What I love about this book (other than the great illustration of a vampire flying over a house) is the little boy who catalogues every mistake his mother has ever made - I think I recognize myself in that boy, but then I'm also the mother.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    A young boy who is scared of monsters says his mom says they dont exist. but then he comes up with examples of how his mom has also said things which have turned out to be mistakes. So he wodners, what if she has made a mistake about these too. A charming, quick read

  24. 4 out of 5

    Earl

    I'm quite fond of Judith Viorst's writing style. While not as classic as her Alexander books, "My Mama Says There Aren't Any Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires, Demons, Monsters, Fiends, Goblins, or Things" (great title, by the way!)remains an enjoyable read with the same kind of humor I've come to enjoy. I'm quite fond of Judith Viorst's writing style. While not as classic as her Alexander books, "My Mama Says There Aren't Any Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires, Demons, Monsters, Fiends, Goblins, or Things" (great title, by the way!)remains an enjoyable read with the same kind of humor I've come to enjoy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    "Sometimes even mamas make mistakes..." Such a true sentiment. If your mom can't even remember your name and calls you by your brother's name how can you trust her when she says that there isn't a monster under your bed. She's been wrong before. A delightful book to read aloud. "Sometimes even mamas make mistakes..." Such a true sentiment. If your mom can't even remember your name and calls you by your brother's name how can you trust her when she says that there isn't a monster under your bed. She's been wrong before. A delightful book to read aloud.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    YES YES YES 6 star book moms aren't perfect, sometimes they make mistakes. incredible book. believing that mom LIED when she got something wrong, instead of just human - what a lesson for kids. the best book i've read this month. YES YES YES 6 star book moms aren't perfect, sometimes they make mistakes. incredible book. believing that mom LIED when she got something wrong, instead of just human - what a lesson for kids. the best book i've read this month.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Libby

    I'm sure I must have read this when I was a kid, but it's been awhile. It's about a kid's evaluation of his mother's assurances that there are no zombies, etc. lurking around his house--the refrain is that "Sometimes even mamas make mistakes." But in the end, "sometimes they don't." I'm sure I must have read this when I was a kid, but it's been awhile. It's about a kid's evaluation of his mother's assurances that there are no zombies, etc. lurking around his house--the refrain is that "Sometimes even mamas make mistakes." But in the end, "sometimes they don't."

  28. 4 out of 5

    Abby Frye

    First off the title is a mouthful but even that alone makes me laugh. So I knew I would be laughing as I read to book too. Made it a little hard to read aloud since I was laughing so much but a fun read so it was worth it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alane

    One of my son's faves. One of my son's faves.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    My thoughts are on my blog: "Thoughts of Joy..." My thoughts are on my blog: "Thoughts of Joy..."

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