My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life

My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life

By Kate Feiffer; Diane Goode (Illustrator)

Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, Hardcover, 9781416941002, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 2009


Everyone has only nice things to say about my mom.

Everyone likes her.

She looks nice.

She bakes great cookies and makes me feel better when I have a bad day.

But would a really nice mom do embarrassing things like kiss me in public and tell loud jokes that no one thinks are funny? Well, my mom does those terrible things and worse - that's why I am sure that I have the most embarrassing mom in the world and that my mom is trying to ruin my life...

Or is she?

About the Author
Kate Feiffer is a writer, a filmmaker, and a mother. She is the author of the picture books "No Go Sleep!"; "President Pennybaker"; "But I Wanted a Baby Brother!"; "The Wild, Wild Inside"; "Which Puppy?"; "My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life"; and" Double Pink"; and of the middle-grade novels "Signed by Zelda "and "The Problem with the Puddles." She lives with her family on Martha s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Visit her at

Diane Goode is the illustrator of dozens of beloved and critically acclaimed picture books, including several written by Cynthia Rylant: "Alligator Boy"; "When I Was Young in the Mountains", a Caldecott Honor Book; and most recently, "Baby Face: A Book of Love for Baby". She is also the illustrator of "President Pennybaker" and "My Mom is Trying to Ruin My Life", both by Kate Feiffer. She lives and works in Watchung, New Jersey, with her husband, David, and their two dogs, Jack and Daisy. Visit her at