Will anything get a mother yelling about time outs and withholding favors faster than a toy-strewn house? In That Mama is a Grouch, an intelligent and very wise narrator reminds us in charming rhyme that mothers are human, most often loving, and that certain situations will guarantee driving them to their breaking point.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My children were not very good at cleaning up after themselves. One day, when I walked through the family room with a basket of laundry, I tripped over one of their toys, slammed my foot into the bottom of the sofa, and broke my toe. I was the grouchy mama! This experience was the inspiration for That Mama is a Grouch.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The grouchy mama is very much how I used to be when my children were young. I think a lot of moms can relate. And the child is typical of many young kids. What they look like and how they react to things was the illustrator's interpretation.
I had left my toys–all fifty-two–
lying on the ground.
I had left my crayons and markers
scattered all around.
So in she came.
She growled my name
and said, "Clean up you mess!"
All right, I guess,
but I profess
that Mama is a grouch.
Sherry Ellis is an award-winning author and professional musician who plays and teachers the violin, viola, and piano. When she is not writing or engaged in musical activities, she can be found doing household chores, hiking, or exploring the world. Her other published works include Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China, Don't Feed the Elephant, Ten Zany Birds, and That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN! Ellis, her husband, and their two children live in Atlanta, Georgia.
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