When the cousins call to say they're coming over that afternoon, Mom rushes to get ready for their visit. The house is a mess, anti there's nothing to eat. That means cleaning, scrubbing, vacuuming, and shopping. She asks Sam and his sister to help her out, but they don't. Instead they bicker and whine and create even more of a mess. But suddenly they realize that something very strange is happening to Mom...Joanna Harrison, author and illustrator of the popular Dear Bear ( C. 1994), has brought another familiar slice of childhood to life in When Mom Turned into a Monster. Readers of all ages will recognize themselves in this whimsical and funny story of domestic life.