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Just Me and My Mom (Little Critter)

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Head to the big city with Little Critter and his mom in this adventurous picture book!

Mercer Mayer's Little Critter is spending a special day with his mom in this classic, funny, and heartwarming story. Whether the duo is at the museum, the aquarium, or the toy store, both parents and children alike will relate to Little Critter's beloved story. A perfect gift for Mother'
Paperback, 24 pages
Published October 9th 2001 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1990)
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Rachel Doran
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is such a cute, loving book. It is all about a little critter who is spending the day with his mom in the city. He just wants to show his mom all these cool things but, the people in charge of the places they go are not thrilled. They go to a museum, an aquarium, an art museum, and a fancy restaurant but, things don't go so well at each one. All is good in the end though, he still had a lot of fun with his mom. I think this book would be especially good to young readers. They are able to re ...more
Ashley Klausmeyer
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is cute story about a kids day spent entirely with his mom. They do all sorts of things together that kids in my classroom might be able to relate to if they have done them as well. It also has good illustrations that really put the story into perspective.
Stephanie Koerner
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Grade/interest level: PreK-2nd
Reading level: 460L
Genre: Comedy, picture book

Main characters: Little Critter and his mom
Setting: the bus, the city, a department store
POV: Little Critter's

The Little Critter series focusses on a young boy who goes on all kinds of typical adventures that young children can relate to. In this book, Little Critter spends the day with his mom. The two take the bus into the city to go shopping and look at the museums. While in the city Little Critter gets in to
Mar 30, 2008 rated it liked it
These were a childhood favorite. Little Critter's highly relatable innocence shines through in every book. This time, he and his mother embark on a special day together visiting a museums, an aquarium, and a lunch out. Favorite line, "Then we went to the art museum but it was full of weird pictures and I was tired." C'est vrai Little Critter! (What kind of animal is he anyway?)
Phil M
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, childrens
This book will always remind of my mother - and she still makes it a point to remind me of when she used to read it to me as a child. I still have the same copy tucked away in a box somewhere. I suppose it's become an heirloom!
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
Good CHRIST, it's stressful to do literally anything with children
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My daughters learned to read on the Mercer Mayer books. I loved every minute of it. Especially the spider.
Kate Sanders
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: family
This book could be used as a mirror for young children. They might realize just how much their parents do for them. It shows how strong the love is for one's child even when they make mistakes.
Little Critter goes into the city with his mom and wreaks havoc at a museum, although not understanding it. Look for his little froggy on each page.
Sam Dawson
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
A mother and son spend the entire day together on the town. It's a very colorful book with funny pictures.
This short story was a nice way to talk about the child and their mother and how they spent their time together. It shows the importance of family.
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Good afternoon I'm sunny.
Today I read a story called Just Me and My Mom by Mercer mayer.
This is a fiction book about animal.
Little critter and his mother go to the city.
I give a rating of 4 star out of 5. The book was very good.
Holli Shipley
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: personal
As always, I love Mercer Mayer books. It introduces a lot of new places for a child to explore in the big city. Some places they may have been and it would open up great discussions. The illustrations and story are easy to follow.
Grace Bradley
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
In “Just Me and My Mom” the little critter goes on a train ride with his mom for the day. He experiences all kinds of new things including visiting a museum, a hot dog stand, and an aquarium. These were all things that he had never seen or done before. The critter goes all over town learning all sorts of social norms with his mom while traveling through the city. She tells him that on the train he must sit close to her so he doesn't get lost, and in the museum he can look around but he can't tou ...more
Oct 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Little Critter goes on a fun-filled and very tiring day out with his mother. This story goes into detail of the activities the pair do, the areas they visit, and the encounters they have with issues every normal child experiences with their mother. Although none of the problematic tasks were intentional, this story does a great job at showing how important making mistakes are. Plus, the love that is shared between a mother and child conquer any misunderstandings faced! The genres are realistic f ...more
Jasmine Bowman
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story was about an all-day outing with a boy and his mom. They went to a plethora of places, and at every place the son messed something up. He lost their train tickets and his mom had to buy more, he knocked things down at the museum, and he got them kicked out of the restaurant because he brought his pet frog inside. At the end of the day she still loved him, and they had a peaceful, accident-free ride home.

In the classroom, this book could be utilized to discuss single-parenting, and sin
Krys (Black & Write Reviews)
Critter is such a troublesome child. Although in the end Momma never once loses her temper with him; a very patient woman. Although the story line is skued the whole story is told like if a child was explaining their day to somebody who wasn’t there: all the exciting parts.

The story is cute.The Little Critters series is always a family favorite next to The Bernstein Bears. The pages are filled with colors and pictures depicting the actual story line. A great book for one-on-one story-time where
This book doesn't work well for a read-aloud. Or at any rate, it didn't work well for my three-year-old. The pictures sort of finish the story for the text, but my three-year-old is still pretty literal (as most kids his age are) and so he needed/wanted me to describe what was happening in each picture to finish the text of the story. I think he's probably just a bit too young for these Little Critter books. I'm thinking I'll reintroduce them around the time he starts independent reading.

Andrew Stockle
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just Me and My Mom is a story about a “little critter”, who goes out on the town for a day with his mom. He causes trouble and as a result, they are forced to leave every place that they go to. The text is written in such a way that the reader is hearing the story form the “little critter’s” point of view, but seeing the story as it really is from the illustrations. Therefore, the pictures enhance the text. This book is most suited to young children about age three to six. The pictures are detai ...more
Sidney Chumbler
I like this book a lot, but it isn't my favorite Mercer Mayer book. Although this book is like all the other books in the way that little critter gets into trouble every where he goes it is not as funny to me as the other books. And in some cases I feel like he should get in trouble from his mom when he touches things he is not supposed to or runs away to be in the seal show. But this book is really cute and funny. My favorite part is when he brings his frog into the 5 star restaurant so they ge ...more
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE Mercer Mayor books. The little critter series has been a favorite of mine since I was a young girl. I love reading them to my kids. They love finding the hidden frog or cricket on each page and the stories are always fun.

This book is as the title suggests. Little critter goes on a train ride with his mom and they go on a fun little adventure, just the two of them. We got this book today at my daughter's doctor visit for her 18 month check up. Brought back some fun memories. My 3 year old
Brandee Osborn
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book also has an old, probably outdated, disc that included games and a walk through of the book. I loved the interactive game with my book. The game would read the text and then you could click on the characters and they would do or say something. It was a lot of fun and helped to spark my interest in reading. All the Little Critter books have wonderful adventures. This book is about Little Critter's day with his mom when they go to the city. It goes page by page of what they do together, ...more
Cortney Perkins
I have always enjoyed the Little Critter books. When I read this story it took me back to my childhood. I love the illustrations and the short and easy read of the story. I think these are excellent books to have in a classroom library. I think that elementary students enjoy reading them as well. There are so many in the series that you could easily relate to an activity or just read when you have some spare time in between transitioning or at the end of that day just to let students enjoy heari ...more
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, picture-books
Basic plot: Little Critter goes on a trip to the city with his mom.

Little boys don't always have the same idea of fun activity as their mothers do. As a mom, I understand this. This story continues the Mercer Mayer tradition of simple language combined with subtle facial expressions and details in the art which creates an effective story for both adults and children. It's also a bit of a different story for the two age groups because of the juxtaposition of words and pictures. A good story overa
Kimberly Neff
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: el-230
This book could be used in a an early childhood or elementary classroom. It is just a fun book with great pictures. I read this book to my daughter, and she loves looking at all the pictures and pointing out all the neat aspects in the illustrations. I love this read because it continuously reminds me of the importance of hanging out and having that one on one time just between a parent and a child. I love that it sends the message that it is sometimes the small, everyday things that can mean th ...more
Breana Fitzgerald
This book is about a boy and his mom on an outing, and the boy keeps getting into trouble. This book is a great practice book for readers in the classroom, but I wouldn't recommend it. There were lots of illustrations that shows what the child was doing and the story is saying what he is thinking. This would be good to teach kids why the child is getting in trouble, and why he thinks that he is not doing anything wrong.
Lauren Derosa
I really enjoyed this book, and I think it would be appropriate under the category of early readers books for children around ages 4-7. I found this book interesting because it is told from the perspective of the little boy, who is the main character in the book. The book is about his day with his mom. He tells the story of them going to different places together and seems to get in trouble for certain things which in his view, are not anything to get in trouble for.
Rosa Cline
Jan 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, own
Little Critter books are always sweet to read, sometimes he gets into mischief and trouble but his family always shows him they love him.

In this story Little Critter goes and spends a day with his mom. They go to various 'grown up' places and Little Critter gets into his usual 'accidental' accidents but his mom loves him anyhow.
Jasmine Burk
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classroom-books
This book is about Little Critter going out on the town with his mother. It talks about them going to the museum, shopping, etc. This book is good for children, and gives extra fun by hiding a cricket in each picture. I would use this in my classroom, first because it is one of my favorite childhood books, and second because it has good pictures and good moral lessons.
Feb 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mom
Little Critter goes to the city for the day with his mom. They go to the history museum, an art museum, the aquarium, a nice restaurant, and a nice clothing store. Little Critter causes trouble everywhere they go, but is oblivious - thinks he is taking care of his mother ("I held mom's hand so she wouldn't be scared").
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