Breathed, Berkeley. (2007). Mars Needs Moms! New York: Philomel Books, a division of The Penguin Group.
Literary Genre: Fantasy (Picture Book)
“Anyone could see that [mothers] were giant, summer-stealing, child-working, perfumy goblins. There was hardly much special about that.” Or so Milo thinks until jelly bean colored Martians from Mars seize his mom in the middle of the night. Milo follows the Martians to Mars and in the process; he learns why mothers are so special. Berkeley’s brightly colored illustrations and colorless comical graphics add another dimension of humor and quality to this out of this world story that is sure to touch the hearts of many families.
I saw the preview for this movie (which was awesome) and when I learned it was a book, I knew I had to read it. Berkeley easily convinces his readers that Martians from Mars could very possibly come to Earth and nab our Moms…they need rides to soccer, someone to cook and clean, pack lunches, and bandage boo-boos, just like we do. The Martians even use Starbucks coffee as bait to help them nab Moms on the street. Milo’s character and language is well developed which allows readers to relate to him and makes the story even more believable. Mars Needs Moms! also shows potential for the classroom, children could write their own stories about venturing to Mars or other fantastical creatures in need of mothers.