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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Momster is a humorous children's book written by Laura Jensen-Kimball and illustrated by Peter Mahr. Mothers are not all they may seem, as the narrator of this disarming and clever story asserts. There's a monster lurking deep within, just waiting for a reason to manifest itself. He had good cause to warn his friends as well as any of the other kids he found playing in the park, as he had recently encountered his own momster. It had happened innocently enough when his mom came home from shopping and asked him for help. He was in the middle of a cartoon show, however, and he figured it wouldn't hurt to make her wait for a few minutes until he was finished. He suddenly realized there was a big problem when strange and frightening noises started emanating from the kitchen.
Laura Jensen-Kimball's children's picture book, Momster, is darkly humorous and bound to entertain children and grownups alike. Her verses flow beautifully and make the plot animated and lively. Peter Mahr's illustrations brilliantly continue the animation effects. The colors are sharp and full of contrast, and each panel is rendered in what feels like 3D perspective. The Momster herself is truly terrifying, and I did not envy the narrator's task of calming the beast he had created for one minute. Momster instructs children on being helpful and listening, but it does so in a manner that is never overbearing nor does it distract from the fun that this book is brimming with. It's most highly recommended.