Soccer Mom from Outer Space by Barney Saltzberg

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Is a soccer-crazed mom really an alien from outer space? Find out in this funny picture book--a cautionary tale for soccer moms (and dads!) everywhere.

The night before Lena's first soccer game of the season, her father tells her the amazing story of his own first season playing soccer. Ruben Drinkwater's mom started out like any ordinary parent watching the Atomic Pickles play. But soon, she began to act very differently--she started to look like a pickle, and she started to roar in a very loud voice when the team was scoring  goals. In fact, she turned into an alien! Ruben spied on her at home, but she seemed to turn into an alien only during soccer games. Finally, he confronted her and asked her to act like all the other parents. That's when they discover how much
Mrs. Drinkwater's cheering had meant to the team--especially to the parents, who took up where her cheerleading left off. Soon the whole team had renewed spirit for the game.
 

About Barney Saltzberg

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Barney Saltzberg is the author-illustrator of numerous children’s books and a professional musician.
 
Published July 1, 2000 by Crown Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Saltzberg (The Flying Garbanzos, not reviewed, etc.) gives parent cheerleaders a boost with this droll tale of a young soccer player and his excitable mom.

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Readers will surely get a kick out of Saltzberg's (The Flying Garbanzos) hyperbolic portrait of an uncommonly spirited soccer mom. The night before Lena's first soccer game, her father announces that

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This is about you and Grandma!"" her father wryly responds that it is ""a story about another boy named Ruben Drinkwater and his mom!"" In the tale that follows, Mrs. Drinkwater wails ""like a human siren"" at Ruben's first soccer gameDplaying for the Atomic PicklesDand generally starts acting ""...

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In a starred review, PW called this a "hyperbolic portrait of an uncommonly spirited soccer mom.

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