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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
How Marty's Mom Became a Cyborg by Adele Pfrimmer Hensley is an educational book for children and it introduces a new concept and gives a good message to young readers. Marty's mom has Parkinson's and that stops her from feeling normal. She goes through a range of feelings and she finds herself in a different situation each day. The only thing that can make her normal is to undergo surgery to implant two electrical stimulators deep in her brain. Marty, being a science fiction lover, keeps wondering what it feels like to be a real cyborg. The book takes readers through the procedures that Marty and his father do to help his mom go through it. The book speaks about love, family and supporting each other during times of need.
The story is very relatable. Many families find themselves in these kinds of life changing situations and the author has conveyed the feelings and emotions beautifully. The illustrations in the book capture the story and the emotions very well. The love, caring and sharing Marty and his father have for his mother is heart warming. The complexity of the theme also speaks about how many families handle situations and consequences together. The book deals with a difficult topic, but the author has handled it very well and with a lot of courage which makes it easy for others to understand the disease better.