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Wackystackbooks, 2015 - Cooperativeness - 32 pages
MOMSTER is a hair-raising story about a boy who after ignoring his mother's repeated requests, realizes what a grave mistake that was. Mom, who is loving and kind by nature, has had it. Her frustration shows itself as she morphs from her peaceful self into a MOMSTER. Understanding quite quickly that his actions were the cause of this terrifying transformation, he apologizes. The mother quickly forgives and alters back into her delightful self. The young boy wants to warn anyone who will listen of the potential threat hiding in everyone's mom. MOMSTER will thrill and chill every child between the ages 4-10. There is a lesson of action and reaction that every parent can relate to and will enjoy reading then discussing with their child.

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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.

About the author (2015)

Laura Jensen-Kimball is the mother of four children and married to Jeff. She was inspired to write after her youngest child was diagnosed with a speech delay. Books were a common tool used in improving his speech. Laura creates books with a touch of humor she feels both parent and child will enjoy. Living in Norwalk, Iowa, she is also a Registered Nurse currently pursuing her Masters in Nursing. This is Laura's first self-published book, but hopes to publish her other stories soon- The Lonely Lap, Out of the Mouths of Moms, TREASUREJACK, Soldier in the Outfield, The Oak Tree Bully and Dear Mr. Wasn't Me. Check out Laura's website at

Peter Mahr is a children's book illustrator from Budapest, Hungary. He prefers handmade artwork styles by using pencil drawings with digital colorization and less digital effects. After leaving art school, Peter's work was mostly focused on China ink drawings and charcoal based images with additional acrylic coloring. Peter describes his style as "figurative expressionism." After becoming a father of two wonderful children, he focuses on illustrations for children. His son and daughter are his main inspirations. Find Peter at

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