Author: Jenny Seiger
Illustrator: Leo Silva
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
Publisher: Mirror Publishing
Number of pages: 26
Recommended age: 3 to 7
Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)
Why is Mommy so Tired? is about a family, Mr. and Mrs. Weary and their son Rowdy who has lots of energy and who wakes up his parents early in the morning. One day, Mrs. Weary discovers that Rowdy is sleepwalking at night into their bedroom and stealing his parents’ energy. Parents all over do everything they can to keep their kids out of their bedroom at night. Soon, all the parents have lots of energy but the kids are all tired and no longer have fun. The parents decide to let all their kids have their energy.
1. What do you think of the cover and/or the pictures in the book? I really liked all of the pictures because they are funny. My favorite picture is the one where Rowdy goes in the bedroom to steal his parents’ energy. It’s funny because they are like little energy bottles and you get energy from them. In the main picture of the grown-ups playing, Mr. and Mrs. Weary are not one of the grown-ups and they should have been.
2. What can you tell me about the main characters? Rowdy is the little boy in the book – he is four and he is sort of a trouble-maker because he always steals their energy at night. Mr. and Mrs. Weary are the parents, but they are tired all the time. When they get their energy, they play lots of games after. They are good parents because they let Rowdy take their energy.
3. What is your favorite part of the book? My favorite part of the book is when the kid got his energy back at the end of the book. It was a fun part of the book when the grown-ups had lots of energy though.
4. What is your least favorite part of the book? My least favorite part of the book is when all the grown-ups got the energy because I want it all to myself.
5. Is your Mommy tired or does she have lots of energy? What do you and your Mommy like to do together? My Mommy has in-between energy because sometimes she’s tired and sometimes she’s not. We like to read together, play baseball together and other games like badminton, Sorry, and lots of card games.
6. Overall, what did you think about this book? I really really liked this book because it’s really funny.
7. Who do you think would like this book? I think all people would like this book – especially tired parents.
Son Rating: ★★★★★
Son Rating: ★★★★★
My Thoughts: Hmmmm…. why IS Mommy so tired? Well according to Jenny Seiger’s version of things, Mommy is tired because unbeknownst to parents around the world, children are sleepwalking and stealing their parents’ energy while they are sleeping. Here I thought it was because Mommies (and Daddies) are clothes-cleaning, meal-creating, form-signing, booboo-kissing, snuggle-giving, snot-wiping, game-playing, tucker-inning, story-telling machines! I like Seiger’s version better.
I have to admit that this silly and far-fetched story REALLY appealed to me, if only to acknowledge how absolutely exhausting it is to be a parent. After the mom (known as Mrs. Weary in the story) discovers that her energy is being stolen, she protects her precious energy stores and over time her energy returns and parents all over the world have the energy to do all those chores they’ve been putting off and to take up sports, lessons, and other leisure activities. Life is good. Aaaaahhhh…
Right … except for one problem. Their son, Rowdy, no longer has the energy to do the things he used to enjoy. As all loving parents would do, they realize that they liked it better the way it was before, with Rowdy having all the energy. Oh, us self-sacrificing parents!! It’s what we do best! The lesson we all realize as parents and highlighted in this book is that we are willing to sacrifice so much for the children we love so much. And, while we are so tired, there is absolutely no substitute for the memories created by interacting with and playing with our children.
Confession: I read this book to both my children and my husband was sitting in the room with me. There are a few pages describing what happens when the parents regain their energy (i.e., they do their chores, play guitar, take dance lessons, etc.). My hubby and I exchanged looks and laughed hysterically because it was so dead on with our fantasy of precisely what we WOULD do if we had more energy. My kids were strangely quiet during that time! lol
One word about the illustrations – FABULOUS! The illustrator, Leo Silva, perfectly captures the parents’ fatigue in the early parts of the book and the transformation once they are infused with energy. The illustrations just go perfectly with the text in that they are deliciously over-the-top and completely silly. LOVE them!
My Bottom Line: Well this “in-between” tired parent loved the concept behind this book, the over-the-top silliness of the story and illustrations, and the message underlying the story of loving and appreciating those energetic children regardless of how exhausted we are feeling. I think seriously that any parent who has children still interested in reading picture books will enjoy this book. Oh, and I’m sure kids aged 3+ will find it equally silly.
* This book was provided to us by the author free-of-charge in exchange for our honest opinions. *
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