Will anything get a mother yelling about time outs and withholding favors faster than a toy-strewn house? In That Mama is a Grouch, an intelligent and very wise narrator reminds us in charming rhyme that mothers are human, most often loving, and that certain situations will guarantee driving them to their breaking point. The reader is quickly reminded that tripping over toys is one way to guarantee a grouch attack. Children from three to seven will delight in this story of a mommy who's nearly out of control, and they will learn the importance of something as simple as putting away toys. Ms. Ellis does parents a big favor when she reminds all of us that there is humor to be found and something to be learned in even the most everyday circumstances. When nerves are tested, pick up this book and start reading!