Monday, November 29, 2010

Book: How to Talk to Moms


Greven, A. (2009). How to talk to moms. New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers

Genre: Nonfiction, Advice, Relationships 

Reading/Interest Level: Ages 9-12

Similar Titles: How to Talk to Dads, How to Talk to Girls

Plot: Alec Greven, a ten-year-old relationship guru offers his advice on dealing with Moms. With seven chapters, there is a lot that can be learned from reading Alec's book. Chapters include what Moms do and don't like, how Mom's bug their kids, how kids bug their Moms, excuses and more. Some sage advice when dealing with Moms – "Sometimes your mom asks you to do something and offers you a bribe. An example of a bribe is when your mom says, 'If you clean up the living room, we can go to the pool.' Maybe you think it isn't worth it and you don't want to go to the pool that bad. But if your mom asks you to do something and offers a bribe, you might as well take it. If you don't, she probably will get mad and make you do it anyway, and then you don't get the treat. Backfire!" (p. 35)

Personal Thoughts: This is the book to read when trying to figure out how to communicate with your dad. A lot of good advice is given that can be applied to any situation by sons and daughters of any age. Kei Acedera's illustrations add even more humor to the book making it an enjoyable read.

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