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Kids Fiction 136
mother-son relationship viewed from the child's perspective
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0
MY MAMA is an intriguing picture book that chronicles the way a son can view a mother. The text is from the child's perspective, as he talks about the way he interacts with his mother. For instance, he explains that his mother likes to play with him and his cars, and he likes that as long as she cleans them up afterwards. Parents will recognize the opposites here, but whether young children for whom this book is designed will pick up on these is less clear.

What I loved: The book ultimately shows the love between mother and child and the many ways in which they can relate. It's always nice to see a parent interacting lovingly with child, and that really shows through well here.

What left me wanting more: The little elephant does some things he should not such as cutting up his mother's dress (for which he says he tried to make Mama's dress prettier, but that's not okay) and watering in the plants by peeing on them. I would have rather these were left out, as they may give children ideas you wish they didn't and it sets a bad example. There's not a clear reprimand or consequence for either, but especially peeing on the plants. The illustrations are pretty simple and a little lackluster, as there is not much color (only from their clothes) and the background is just white.

Final verdict: Overall, this is an okay picture book that will appeal to some readers, particularly children who are a bit older and can understand the humor/jokes.
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