My Momma Likes to Say

Cover: My Momma Likes to Say

From the author of Buzzy the Bumblebee comes a child's hilarious visual interpretation of such parental idioms and witticisms as "Hold your horses;" "Money doesn't grow on trees;" and "I have eyes in the back of my head." "Cat got your toungue?" My momma likes to say. I'm not sure what she means but I like it anyway. My cat has never tried to take my tongue away. But if he did, he'd find that it can stretch a long, long way.



  • Dewey: 398.9
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Hardcover (9781585361069): 32 pages, 10 (w) x 10 (h), © 2003, 04/01/2003
  • PDF (9781627531283): 32 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
  • Hosted ebook (9781627533300): 32 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
  • Series: Likes to Say


  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 9
  • ATOS Reading Level: 4.5
  • ATOS Interest Level: LG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 70867
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects


  • Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award Nominee, Runner-up, 2006
  • Children's Crown Award Nominee, Runner-up, 2005
  • Children's Choices--IRA, Winner, 2004
  • NAPPA (National Parenting Publications) Honor Award, Winner, 2003


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Author: Denise Brennan-Nelson

Denise Brennan-Nelson is a multi-award winning children’s book author and motivational speaker. She wrote her first children’s book, Buzzy the Bumblebee, after discovering that aeronautically, bumblebees should not be able to fly. She felt it was a wonderful way to inspire people to “bee-lieve” in themselves and their dreams. Other titles include Someday is Not a Day of the Week, a touching story about making time for what is really important in life; and Willow, chosen the Most Outstanding Children’s Book for 2009 by the Executive Committee of the Mom’s Choice Awards. Willow is the story of a little girl who colors outside the lines, thinks outside the box, and ends up awakening the creativity of her by-the-book art teacher. Denise also wrote J is for Jack-O’-Lantern: A Halloween Alphabet.

Illustrator: Jane Monroe Donovan

Jane Monroe Donovan’s parents encouraged her to follow her heart and it led to her love of sketching and painting. Her affection for animals is reflected in much of her subject matter. Jane makes her home in Pinckney, Michigan, with her husband and their two sons, along with a menagerie of pets. Jane is the author and illustrator of Winter’s Gift.