My Mom Has X-Ray Vision

K-Gr 2—Matthew is certain that his mother has superhuman abilities. She might have "ordinary hair, ordinary clothes, and a nice smile," but she also seems to have X-ray vision. So Matthew decides to test his hypothesis. He disobeys her request to bring in the groceries and hides in a closet, waiting to see if she knows where he is—and he waits, and waits, and waits. Matthew's logical thought processes pull youngsters along through bright full-page cartoons with visual details like the dragon in his fantasies or a superhero costume hanging on the clothesline while font changes add emphasis. Larger-than-life endpapers reveal the attributes of Matthew's poster-perfect mom—one for his everyday mom, and one for Supermom—and inset views allow readers to understand how she uses her "super-brain" to see through walls. While her unpublicized actions prove her to be a true supermom, her powers are still a mystery to Matthew. Young readers will recognize this puzzled child's analysis of an age-old mystery.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
Matthew's sure his mom has X-ray vision. How else could she know he was standing up in the tub or jumping on the bed? When his test of this theory apparently fails, Matthew surmises (incorrectly), "She's just an ordinary mom, like all the rest." Cheery patterned mixed-media illustrations display the hair-bobbed, pearl-wearing superheroine.

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