From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2–While Browne has paid homage to the art of motherhood in the past, his latest exploration offers unadulterated affection and adoration. Choosing not to contrast the main character with her mate in this setting allows the author to put aside the sophomoric and rough-hewn behavior of his typical father figures in favor of a gentle sweetness and good-natured humor. Mom is first pictured in a floral bathrobe, coffee cup in hand; readers glean that, "She's nice, my mom." Each ensuing page portrays her many talents and Browne's clever conceits. As a "fantastic cook," she oversees an array of cakes à la artist Wayne Thiebaud, one sporting a gorilla face. As the musical angel, her pose re-creates a Piero della Francesca painting. When viewers see what she could be, they are treated to a movie-star mom, dress billowing upward like Marilyn Monroe's. In each scene, the flowers-and-hearts fabric is part of her costume, as are the pink, fuzzy slippers, where possible. This loving tribute is sure to be a hit with parents and children at storytimes and for one-on-one sharing.– Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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PreS-Gr. 2. With simplicity, strength, and complete understanding of children's perceptions, Browne uses the voice of an unseen child to praise one mother--and by extension, all moms. The introductory page shows a mother who looks like many others, with an unadorned face and wavy hair that hasn't seen a haircut in a while. Clutching a cup of coffee and wearing a delicately flowered robe over a striped tee, she stares out at the audience, while the text notes, "She's nice, my mom." By the book's conclusion, she's "really, really nice." She's also a good deal more: a fantastic cook, a brilliant juggler, a gardener. Browne uses touches of satire effectively in the art: Mom is the strongest woman in the world as she schlepps grocery bags into the house. There are touches of whimsy, too, as when Mom's flowered robe turns into an armchair. As always, Browne's paintings hold attention, whether depicting images true to life or flights of fancy, and the honesty of the narrator's emotions and Mom's devotion shine through. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved