My Mom Has X-Ray Vision Author: Angela McAllister Illustrator: Alex T. Smith
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Format: Picture Books, Paperbacks

Age Range: 3-7 years

Character Traits: Imagination & Play

Publication Date: March 2011

BISAC: JUV051000, JUV019000

Pages: 32

Book Format Detail: Hardcover with Foiled Cover

Retail Price: $15.95

ISBN-13: 978-1-58925-097-0

ISBN-10: 1-58925-097-4

Dimensions: 10" x 11"


Matthew's mom is just like all the other moms. She has ordinary hair, ordinary clothes, and a nice smile. Matthew's mom is just like all the other moms . . . EXCEPT she has X-RAY VISION! How else could she always know what Matthew is up to? Matthew is sure his mom can see through things—just like a superhero! One day, he decides to put his theory to the test. 

Sharp-eyed readers will love spotting all the hilarious details in this crowd-pleasing picture book that finally answers the question: how do moms know everything? The jacket and cover shine with attention-grabbing red foil!


Lexile: AD510

All children believe their mom is the best (at least until they turn into teenagers), but how many have thought their moms might have superpowers?

"Matthew's Mom was like all the other moms. She had ordinary hair, ordinary clothes, and a nice smile.... / Except she could see through things. Matthew was pretty sure she had X-ray vision." How else could she have known that Matthew was wrestling with a giant sea monster in his bath when she wasn't even in the room? Or that he had all the saucepans in the yard, when she in the kitchen? McAllister's wry tale explores a not-uncommon childhood article of faith. The deadpan text unfolds with total believability. Matthew's faith is momentarily shaken when he decides to test mom's extraordinary power by hiding in a closet, but his conclusion that his mom really is ordinary, "like all the rest," is short-lived. How could she possibly have known he had stashed a bag of chips under his sweater?! Smith's digital collages incorporate cartoony line-and-color drawings with funky prints and textures for a lively and engaging complement to the text. The endpapers depict Matthew's "Evidence Report" revealing his ordinary mom (complete with sensible shoes) and her secret identity, Supermom (flowing red cape and rocket boots).

It's a rare kid who won't be able to identify with and chuckle at this one.


February 15, 2011 Kirkus Reviews

Matthew is certain that his mother has superhuman abilities. She might have “ordinary hair, ordinary clothes, and a nice smile,” but she also seems to have X-ray vision. So Matthew decides to test his hypothesis. He disobeys her request to bring in the groceries and hides in a closet, waiting to see if she knows where he is–and he waits, and waits, and waits. Matthew’s logical thought processes pull youngsters along through bright full-page cartoons with visual details like the dragon in his fantasies or a superhero costume hanging on the clothesline while font changes add emphasis. Larger-than-life endpapers reveal the attributes of Matthew’s poster-perfect mom–one for his everyday mom, and one for Supermom–and inset views allow readers to understand how she uses her “super-brain” to see through walls. While her unpublicized actions prove her to be a true supermom, her powers are still a mystery to Matthew. Young readers will recognize this puzzled child’s analysis of an age-old mystery.–Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX


May 2011, School Library Journal


Matthew has created a Super Hero Evidence Report on his mom. According to him she has x-ray vision. Her appearance is normal just like all the other moms except that she can see through things. At least he was pretty sure she could. When he was wrestling with a giant sea monster in the tub his mom shouted from downstairs to sit down in the tub. It seems that everything he does she sees from some other room. Of course he must share with his friend Emily that his mom is a superhero. Of course Matthew does have to test his theory. You'll just have to get the book to see if he is right.
This is a great book for kids, parents and teachers too. Kids can test the very same theories on their parents and even create a Super Hero Evidence Report. The illustrations put a fun twist on the story.