Always Listen to Your Mother by Florence Parry Heide and Roxanne Heide Pierce is a fabulous story about Ernest, a good little boy, who always listens to his mother. Since Ernest always listens to his mother, it also means that he never has any fun. That is until a new family moves in next door with a boy his own age, and this boy also always listens to his mother. Ernest’s mother think the boy will be a great influence on Ernest, so she lets them play together. Fortunately for Ernest, his new neighbors have an entirely different idea of what a home is supposed to look like, and while Ernest still listens to his mother, he now has a lot of fun too.
The authors have created a fabulous cautionary tale for any mother, and the humor makes //Always Listen to Your Mother// a fun book with a great message that is understood by even the youngest reader. It is a book that children will want to read again and again, and it is one that parents will love to read too.
Kyle M. Stones fun and unique illustrations completes the storyline in a perfect manner, and the strange and spooky depiction of Ernest and his world captivates children’s attention and keeps them spellbound.
My boys love Always Listen to Your Mother, and I will admit that my initial idea behind reading this book completely backfired. Always Listen to Your Mother is not a book for moms, who need to teach their children a lesson in listening.
Title: Always Listen to Your Mother
Authors: Florence Parry Heide and Roxanne Heide Pierce
Illustrator: Kyle M. Stones
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; 1 edition (August 3, 2010)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Always Listen To Your Mother by Florence Parry Heide for the purpose of writing a book review. Versions of this review may have been posted on other websites or in printed publications.