No Kiss for Mother
Tomi Ungerer ~ Delacorte Press, 1973
Rarely do children's books illustrate how truly rotten kids can be sometimes. For any mother who's had to love a spoiled brat despite his brattiness, this cat's for you. The pencil drawings are the perfect pairing for this story of a cat gone bad and the mother who puts up with him.
"Time to get up, Honey Pie," calls Mother Paws as she bends down to wedge a kiss in Sonny's ear.
And THAT wakes Piper up.
Piper hates to be kissed and to be kissed out of such a captivating dream is just about the most annoying thing in the whole world.
This after destroying his alarm clock and before faking brushing his teeth. The wretched, little feline then proceeds to mess up the clean and pressed clothes his mother laid out for him, metaphorically spit on the food she serves him and get into a debate as to whether or not a "Honey Pie" is an actual dessert. No surprise to find out that he is "known as a rowdy at school" setting off stink bombs and getting into cat fights. When spoiling mommy finally gets fed up and socks him one, you can hear mothers the world over cheering that the wee toot finally gets what's coming to him.
Not to fear, the book ends on a happy note, with the kitten turning a new leaf and gifting his doting mother flowers. But still... no kiss for mother. Ugh. I'm dreading the day, my friends, if and when my boy refuses my affections. Shoot me now.
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