My Great Big Mamma

My Great Big Mamma

By Olivier Ka; Luc Melanson (Illustrator); Helen Mixter (Translator)

Groundwood Books, Hardcover, 9780888999429, 24pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2009


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.

About the Author
Born in Lebanon in 1967, Ka grew up in the Paris suburbs, quit school when he was 16 and pursued all kinds of careers, principally writing, generating novels for adults, scripts for graphic novels, and fantasy and humour stories for children. Alfred was born near Grenoble, France in May 1976, formed a publishing company, Ciel Ether, when he was 18 and is now best known for his children's series Octave with David Chauvel.

Luc Melanson travaille depuis 12 ans comme illustrateur. Il realise des livres pour la maison d'edition quebecoise, Dominique et Compagnie.Il a recu de nombreux prix pour ses travaux. En 22, il a gagne le prix du Gouverneur general du Canada pour l'illustration du livre Le Grand voyage de Monsieur. Il vit a Laval, pres de Montreal, au Quebec. Il a participe aux Mille ans de contes - Quebec.