When Owen's Mom Breathed Fire

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Owen’s mom is usually pretty frantic in the morning because of all she has to do before going to work. Owen finds he can block her out with his dragon head on. But one morning Owen wakes up and discovers that his mom has turned into a dragon. What’s even worse is that she can’t remember how to do mom stuff – like make breakfast and wash dishes. Instead she eats bugs and breathes fire. What is he to do with her?
 
Lively, whimsical illustrations accompany this droll child’s-eye view of when life gets really, really hectic for a parent.

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PIJA LINDENBAUM has written and illustrated many books for children, including the Bridget books and Boodil My Dog, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year. She also illustrated Astrid Lindgren’s Mirabelle. She lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

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PreSchool-Grade 2–When Owens harried, grumpy mom suddenly wakes up as a dragon, he is initially pleased. Soon, however, he discovers that she has forgotten how a mother behaves. When she licks the dishes clean and puts the cornflakes away on the toilet seat, her son decides hed better take her to the doctor to see if she can be cured. The trip turns into a mini-epic adventure as Mom is mistaken for an escaped crocodile at the zoo; scares the little boys at the playground; and, to her delight and the hysteria of passersby, discovers that she can breathe fire. When the doctor cant provide any remedy, Owen turns to his grandmother for help, and she reassures him that everything will be all right in a few days. Sure enough, the next morning, a decidedly less frazzled and perfectly normal and smiling Mom greets Owen. Lindenbaums watercolor-and ink-illustrations and use of playful angles and perspectives give the art a sprightly, kinetic energy. The pink dragon with the moms topknot of hair is hilarious, and the humor will appeal to children. Owens resourcefulness in light of his mothers transformation will delight young readers, who will recognize a child coping with a parents very bad day.–Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI
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