Parents' Guide to

Mars Needs Moms!

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Martian message more for moms than kids.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 6+

For older kids who do not get scared by much

As an adult, I loved the pictures and laughed at the story. I knew from reading the review here that my 4-year-old son was probably too young for the story and he was. He was scared about Martians coming into the house to take moms and worried about it for the rest of the night. What surprized me was that my 6-year-old son, who I read it to separately, was also scared by the idea of mom-napping and the peril of the humans gasping for air on Mars. Afterward, he told me that he didn't want to hear it ever again. The Martians are colorful and funny-looking, not scary, so I never expected it would be so scary to them.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 4+

Sweet funny read

I thought this book was witty and heartfelt. The illustrations were wonderful and both my daughter and I enjoyed reading it over and over.

This title has:

Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Told in language that is clever though at times too sophisticated for small kids, this book is offbeat and captivating, and the ending is a sentimental tearjerker. Older kids may relate to Milo's unhappiness with his mother, though younger kids probably won't get it. Older kids also will enjoy the mom-nabbing attempts and the rocket ride. However, the part about why the Martians need moms seems written for parents themselves.

The cartooning has the typical fun and engaging Bloom County look for which the author is famous. The darkness of the illustrations with the first section, though intriguing, may be unsettling to younger kids. But the cartooning in the rest of the book is lighter, brighter, equally as expressive, and perhaps more entertaining. The very things that make this book complicated and uneven also may make it a book that will remain of interest through many readings.

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