My Mom Has X-Ray Vision by Angela McAllister

Every once in a while you come across a book that depicts what every kid is thinking. My Mom Has X-Ray Vision by Angela McAlliser is definitely one of those books!

Matthew’s mom is just like all the other moms with her ordinary hair and clothes. She’s just like all the other moms, except that Matthew is fairly certain that she has X-ray vision. How else could she always know what Matthew was doing, even if she’s downstairs or in another room? He’s pretty sure she’s some kind of superhero, and one day, he decides to find out if he’s right.

Oh my goodness, this is the best book. The Lil Princess (7) and I loved it! As a kid, weren’t you sure your mom had these special powers that allowed her to see everything you were doing? Well, McAllister took every kid’s nightmare and turned it into a zany book where a young boy is convinced his ordinary mom must have X-ray vision to know he’s jumping on his bed when she is in the living room and to know he is using her saucepans in the yard when she is still in the kitchen.

Even the artwork for this book is a bit outrageous. Alex T. Smith, who also illustrated Home (another of my favorite tiger tales books), does a stupendous job with My Mom Has X-Ray Vision. He captures Matthew’s imaginary adventures–which his mom always seems to know about by seeing through the walls–with an element of silliness and fun.

Boys and girls alike will be drawn to this one.  My daughter and I will definitely be reading My Mom Has X-Ray Vision again soon.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Tiger Tales
  • ISBN-10:9781589254282
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589254282
  • SRP:  $15.95 hardcover, $7.95 paperback

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Home by Alex T. Smith

Come discover the house that was a home and the four friends who learn a valuable lesson in, Home, by Alex T. Smith.

There were four best friends–One, Two, Three and Four–who all lived happily together in a house that was a home. Until One wants to become a pirate; Two wants to move to the mountains; Three would prefer to explore caves, and Four wants to go to the big city and boogie-woogie all night long.

Unable to agree on what to do, each friend takes off with a different part of the house and goes a separate way. All too soon, however, they discover that a house isn’t really a home without each other.

In this delightful book geared toward 3- to 7-year-olds, children learn the importance of friendship, forgiveness, and working together.  Alex T. Smith has created a wonderful story that shares these concepts in a meaningful, yet, fun way.  His charming, and sometimes zany, illustrations make this an excellent book to read out loud to a group.

The best part of Home for me was how the friends not only came back and apologized, but also how they cooperated and discovered a way to make sure they could all go exactly where they wanted in the future.

I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more from Alex T. Smith!

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Tiger Tales
  • ISBN-10: 1589250885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589250888
  • SRP:  $15.95

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