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The Night Before Mother's Day

Illustrated by Judy Horacek
Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

The quintessential Christmas holiday rhyme is revamped and illustrated to make it the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, complete with children’s messes and night-before stresses.

If Clement C. Moore had described the night before Mother’s Day instead of Christmas, he might have written about burned breakfast, muddy footprints, leaky clay teacups, smelly soaps, and glittery cards—all the trappings of Mother’s Day.

In The Night Before Mother’s Day, MacLeod and Horacek share the innermost thoughts rattling around in mom’s head as she lies in bed the night before. From the messy kitchen shelf (that the husband and children assume gets cleaned by itself) to the brooding vampires on the DVD, mom silently ponders what it might be like if she transformed into a sharp-fanged member of the un-dead.

Who can she turn to in such an hour of need, when she’d rather make each member of her own family bleed? Why her mother of course! “You’ve had a hard day, dear?” / Her mother would guess, / “Of handcrafted presents? / And mayhem? And mess? / “Well, come around later, / Let’s both drink some tea— / From leaky clay teacups / You once gave to me.”

Celebrating the nostalgia and common experience of motherhood, The Night Before Mother’s Day is an illustrated ode to the trials and tribulations (and occasional familial bloodlust) that mom expertly navigates 365 days of the year.

About The Author

 Doug MacLeod is the recipient of multiple awards from the Australian Writers' Guild, including the Fred Parsons award for his significant contributions to Australian comedy. He has written more than 25 books, including the award-winning bestseller Sister Madge's Book of Nuns. Doug lives in Melbourne, Australia.

About The Illustrator

  As a popular cartoonist and writer, Judy Horacek's cartoons have been pinned to doors and walls all over the world.  She is the author of two bestselling books, including Lost in Space and Where is the Green Sheep?  Judy resides in Toorak, Australia.Â

Product Details

  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (April 3, 2012)
  • Length: 48 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781449422288

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