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Your Mama

4.92  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  22 reviews
A sweet twist on the age-old “yo mama” joke, celebrating fierce moms everywhere with playful lyricism and gorgeous illustrations. Perfect for Mother’s Day.

Yo’ mama so sweet, she could be a bakery. She dresses so fine, that she could have her clothing line. And, even when you mess up, she’s so forgiving that she lets you keep on living. Heartwarming and richly imagined, YOU
Expected publication: April 6th 2021 by HMH/Versify
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NoNieqa Ramos
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Dearest Readers,

When I wrote YOUR MAMA, I wrote it knowing the irony that I didn’t actually have a mama. My dad raised me and my sister. He was my mother. So was my madrina who nurtured me and her own adopted children during summers in Baltimore at the Inner Harbor, all my Tias, who back then, were single parents themselves, and my Zia Cecilia, who was babysitter to me and ten other kids from Van Nest in the Bronx. My mother’s name was Papi, Clarissa, Carmen, Jessica, and Susan, and Cecilia.

Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
YOUR MAMA deserves "two snaps, a circle, and a twist. Mad dap, a hug, and a kiss!" This playful, rhythmic riff on the classic "your mama" jokes is a testament to strong, single moms everywhere. Here's my favorite part: "I mean, it’s been years since she’s gone to the bathroom on her own or heard anything anybody’s saying on the phone. Wouldn’t it be nice to have couches that weren’t trampolines? Hey, a mama can dream." Anyone who's parented small children can relate. NoNieqa Ramos has crafted a ...more
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Put simply, I love the representation in this book. It's a celebration of not just motherhood, but strong, capable, empowered, single motherhood. So many picture books feature families that children can't identify with or don't see in their own lives. YO MAMA offers a version of family that needs to be shown more often. Jacqueline Alcantara's vibrant illustrations incorporate tattoo motifs while showing the bond between a mother and daughter, and Ramos's rhythmic, Nuyorican text--- a loving twis ...more
Rajani LaRocca
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A joyful ode to beautiful, strong, hardworking, hilarious single mothers who are rich in all the ways that count. What a lovely way to turn the old "your mama" jokes on their heads! The illustrations are evocative, and full of movement, gorgeously depicting the love between a daughter and her mama. ...more
Kelly Carey
YOUR MAMA is a genuine love letter from a daughter to her mother.

The characters and the book ooze cool, sass, style, and swagger. With illustrations that nod at a tattoo design, a young girl shares all her mother’s amazing qualities. Devoid of saccharine cliché this ode to a hip mama is all #truth. YOUR MAMA is a tall black boot wearing, library visiting, whip up a party, amazing #latinx parent, and readers will love finding their own parent in the pages.
Julie Rowan-Zoch
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A richly rhythmic picture book, this twist on an old joke is the perfect surprise celebration of hard-working mothers, for those who know what it takes and for those that need reminding. The expressive illustrations reflect the tempo and flow of this engaging tribute, an ode of praise to those who will always love you more.
Carrie Finison
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I ADORE this book with its rich, lyrical, playful, expressive language, its lively illustrations, and that it centers MAMA - the woman who's so sweet, so strong, dressed so fine, so funny, "so forgiving she lets you keep on living" (after you mess with her makeup). I love that the book focuses on the strong, loving relationship between mother and child, and the admiration the child has for her mother without feeling like a story that's all about the parent. It's difficult to pick a favorite line ...more
Mary Copp
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh, what a beautiful celebration of motherhood and love! Full of exuberant energy, YOUR MAMA by NoNieqa Ramos is a joyous nod to the strength, style and sweetness of one spectacular single mama who lives a full and passionate life, continually amazing her proud daughter. The love between mother and daughter is further brought to life by Jacqueline Alcantara's expressive and vibrant illustrations. I love this book and all it represents. ...more
Joana Pastro
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a great picture book! I was pleasantly surprised by the energy and vibrancy instilled in both the text and the art. It's a super fun, mom empowering and modern twist on the old “your mama” jokes. It acknowledges and celebrates every moms’ love, hard work, dedication and patience. It resonated with me on so many levels er spreads. The one about the couch/trampoline had me laughing out loud. A must read! ...more
Hope Lim
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is a beautiful and touching tribute to all the strong, capable, dedicated single moms who fight injustice, find joy in life, and make sure all is provided with absolute love, care, and dedication. This story is full of love between a daughter and a mother with beautiful text and vibrant illustrations. This book portrays a single mom’s multi-faceted life and roles with a perfect mix of power and love and joy.
Lindsay Metcalf
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book! From the flap copy, "Your mama so sweet, she could be a bakery, all frosting, powdered sugar, and pastries." *This book* is so sweet, full of voice, representation, English sprinkled with Spanish, tattoo-influenced typography, joy, and love. Love this collaboration between debut picture book author NoNieqa Ramos and illustrator Jacquelina Alcántara. ...more
Candy Wellins
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Do not confuse this #debutpicturebook with those crass insults you remember from middle school. Instead this is a heartfelt tribute to mothers and the love they give to their children. With such lines as “Your mama dress so fine, she could have her own clothing line,” you’ll be celebrating, not shaming, the mothers in your life after reading it.
Isabella Kung
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a love song and beautiful poem for mothers about mothers! This book is a symphony in slang and the rhythmic quality makes it so much fun to read. The humor comes from a funny riff of the classic "Your mama" jokes, but this book never takes the usual negative turn, instead, this book is filled with powerful messages and positive images! And most of all it is beaming with love - the bright, unconditional love from a mother and from their daughters. ...more
Debra Shumaker
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book! What a lovely tribute to Mamas everywhere. From that stunning cover by Alcántara to the opening scene, I knew I would fall for this book. Ramos' lyrical prose sets the tone for a mother and daughter bond that is beautiful and strong. The two have fun and Mama is a force taking on the world with her daughter at her side. I love, love, love this book!

Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
Vicky Fang
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a stunning book. The voice and illustrations are so rich and real and vibrant. A perfect, bold tribute Mamas and their littles, recognizing the beautiful and multi-faceted women of today.
Anitra Schulte
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"Your Mama" is a picture book that celebrates the strength, beauty and love of moms. The story is told in a series of "your mama" statements - a play on the "your mama" jokes that readers of all ages will recognize. But instead of one-upping insults, each spread of "Your Mama" explodes with adorations and affirmations for the bold mommas of the world. In prose that breathes, pulses and sings with joy, and artwork incredibly chic and vivid, "Your Mama" is a gorgeous, memorable and deeply moving p ...more
Kira Bigwood
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Author NoNieqa Ramos gives us a modern love poem to mamas everywhere in this sweet spin on those old "your mama" jokes. "Your mama so sweet," "Your mama so strong." Her powerful yet lyrical language paired with the gorgeous color palette and stunning illustrations of Jacqueline Alcantara, make this debut book a piece of art. A celebration of the mother-daughter bond, with Latinx representation, all while giving credit where it's due--to your mama! ...more
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
With a title evoking a “your mama” joke, you might not be expecting the powerful ode to motherhood that author and illustrator have created with this stunning picture book. Lively, rhythmic text paired with energetic, colorful illustrations make this book one that demands to be read aloud over and over again. Together, NoNieqa Ramos and Jaqueline Alcantara invite us into this beautiful celebration of family.
Leah Hong
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
From the first line “Your Mama so sweet she could be a bakery” to the last, NoNieqa Ramos paints a stunning ode to Mamas with the rhythm of her words, and Jacqueline Alcantra matches the poetry of the text with her energetic illustrations. Deeply moving and uplifting, readers will see all facets of their love for their parents and caregivers reflected in the pages of this stunning picture book.
James McGowan
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Two (okay FIVE) snaps, a circle, and a twist for Your Mama, NoNieqa, and Jacqueline. This book is a celebration, and one with rhythm. NoNieqa's lively language and Jacqueline's bright, bold art are the best way to celebrate moms everywhere. I highly recommend. ...more
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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All about the strength and love of all mamas. Single parent, mother and daughter, Hispanic family. Lyrical and beautiful
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