My Mama



I've known my mama for such a long time. For my whole life, actually.

My mama loves playing with me and my cars. I like that, as long as mama tidies up the cars afterwards.

I'm good at hiding. No one can find me, not even my mama ... and then suddenly I shout, "PEEKABOO!" My mama's scared to death! I laugh and laugh.

At night, my mama shakes the stars off my pants. I give her a big hug and say. "Goodnight stars, see you tomorrow!"

A naughty baby elephant tells all about his mother in this lovingly drawn story--familiar and funny for both parents and children.

Product Details

$17.99  $16.55
Gecko Press
Publish Date
March 03, 2020
9.2 X 0.5 X 11.1 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Annemarie van Haeringen is the illustrator of Scout's Heaven (Eerdmans), Coco and the Little Black Dress(NorthSouth), How to Knit a Monster (Clarion), and Mr. Matisse and His Cutouts (NorthSouth). She is a three-time winner of the Golden Brush Award, given to the year's best illustrated book in the Netherlands, and has also received the award's silver honor. Visit Annemarie's website at www.anne


A playful young elephant wearing star-covered trousers reflects on his beloved mother in this meandering tribute. 'I've known my mama for a long time. For my whole life, actually, ' the text begins; the narrator goes on to offer a child's-eye view of all the ways he spends time with her. They play cars ('I like that, as long as she tidies them up afterwards'), 'water' plants (the small elephant pees into his), and sometimes clash ('My mama is never angry with me... But when she is, she's really ANGRY!'). Set mostly against simple white backgrounds, van Haeringen's spare drawings have a retro quality, emphasized by Mama's colorful caftan and long red necklace. The elephant child's earnest, oblivious commentary has a sweet humor that may play more to adults than to kids--'I'm always the one in charge, ' he declares--but van Haeringen's scenes make it clear: Mama is the architect of this elephant's world. Ages 2-5.--Publishers Weekly

-- "Journal"

A young, highly anthropomorphized male elephant narrates this picture book about his special relationship with his mama. The duo takes center stage via the illustrations with their bright clothing against an opaque cream background. The little elephant is shirtless and wears pants with bright orange stars all over them and his mama is resplendent in a long, flowing dress with a colorful flower print and a red beaded necklace. The little one tells us how the pair like to do things together such as play cars and do the shopping. Although sometimes his mama gets mad at him, and it takes forever for her lectures to end. Children will be greatly amused at one scene where he 'waters' the plants by peeing on them. At bedtime, mama shakes those orange stars off his pants which float in the air above his bed. VERDICT Translated from Dutch, this title would be an easy contender for a storytime read-aloud on mother-son relationships.--School Library Journal

-- "Journal"