My Great Big Mamma by Olivier Ka

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Size matters, according to this groundbreaking picture book — and in a good way. Here, a young boy describes his large mother in caring terms — her softness, her warmth, how comfortable and reassuring it is to sit on her lap on the bus. But when she goes on a diet “because of what people say,” he becomes a picky eater himself to show her how foolish she’s being. This remarkable book offers a charming and timely picture of a special relationship between a loving mother and the little boy who understands that people should be appreciated for who they are. Luc Melanson’s vibrant illustrations add resonance to this sweet story.

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Olivier Ka was born in Lebanon and grew up in Paris. He has been a radio host, photo-engraver, actor and journalist, among other occupations, but now spends most of his time writing novels for adults and stories for children, especially fantasy and comedy. Olivier Ka lives near Toulouse in the south of France.Luc Melanson won a Governor General's Award for his illustrations in The Grand Journey of Mr. Manby Gilles Tibo. He has illustrated many children's books including Pinkby Nan Gregory, a finalist for the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, and My Great Big Mamma, which was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award in 2009. Luc lives in Laval, Quebec.
Published April 28, 2009 by Groundwood Books. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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A soft, cozy portrait of a soft, cozy mamma whose little boy loves her fatness.

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