By Rubi Nicholas
In one day's time, an 8-year-old girl voices her opinion about her uncool mother, but in the end has the heartwarming realization that their relationship is not about “cool,” but about love.
Written by TV’s Funniest Mom in America, Rubi Nicholas, and Illustrated by Maia Chavez Larkin.
Rubi Nicholas has recently become a published author, with the Mother’s Day release of her illustrated children’s book, “My Mom’s Not Cool”. The book is published by Denver publisher Blueline Publishing and illustrated by Denver-based nationally-known illustrator and journalist, Maia Chavez Larkin. This completely original book, based on the author’s own children, tells the story of a little girl who thinks all the other moms she sees are way cooler than her own mom. The voice of the little girl is echoed by young readers and moms alike as a “must read,” by school counselors, psychologists and little girl critics as well!
Excerpt from My Mom’s Not Cool:
Every day when I wake up, my mom makes me eat breakfast. I’m not allowed to eat macaroni and cheese for breakfast. My friend Samantha can eat whatever she wants for breakfast, and she doesn’t even have to sit down. Her mom is so cool. My mom’s not cool.
This Mother’s Day, Rubi Nicholas, winner of the 2006 TV reality series”Search for the Funniest Mom in America” releases her first illustrated children’s book, “My Mom’s Not Cool.” The book is published by Denver publisher Blueline Publishing and illustrated by Denver-based nationally-known illustrator and journalist, Maia Chavez Larkin. This completely original book, based on the author’s own children, tells the story of a little girl who thinks all the other moms she sees are way cooler than her own mom. The voice of the little girl is echoed by young readers and moms alike as a “must read,” by school counselors, psychologists and little girl critics as well!
As a first-generation American Muslim woman of Pakistani descent, Rubi Nicholas is the antithesis of what one would expect with such a strong ethnic background. Born into a culture steeped in the tradition of the quiet, compliant female, Rubi breaks the mold. Far from choosing the typical life as an obedient wife, she has walked a variety of career paths, chosen a non-traditional family route and now has succeeded in breaking even more rules as a stand-up comedian.
Selected in 2006 as Nick@Nite’s “Funniest Mom in America,” Rubi demonstrated that her unique point of view and warm, friendly style can bring together all kinds of people through her charming charisma and clear sense of timing.
Rubi’s humor incorporates her ethnic heritage, her family life as a corporate woman whose husband is a stay-at-home dad, and the antics of their two little girls. Her ability simultaneously to weave her story, to allow the audience into her life, and to reveal the ways in which we can all find common ground is a remarkable talent. From politics to parenting, culture clashes to kids, Rubi understands what makes us laugh.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Rubi lives with her husband and girls in Castle Rock, Colorado. She has an MBA in management information systems and two MS degrees from Temple University, and a BA from Villanova.
Maia Chavez Larkin is an illustrator and journalist. Daughter of oil painter Eva Van Rijn and the late WPA muralist and National Academy of Design member Edward Arcenio Chavez, Maia hails from a creative and peripatetic family. Born and raised among artists, she was initially trained in architectural illustration at the New York School of Interior Design, and went on to study painting and drawing at Il Chiostro in Italy.
Her classical pen and ink work has shown at the Kiesendahl + Calhoun Contemporary Art Gallery in Beacon, NY; the Fletcher Gallery in Woodstock, NY; and the Broome Street Gallery in Manhattan, among others. As a commercial illustrator, she has worked for the Beaver Creek Resort Company, the Seven Lakes Lodge and the Adoption Exchange, as well as for various periodicals.
In 2007, she collaborated with Nick@Nite’s Funniest Mom in America 2006 Rubi Nicholas on the children’s book, My Mom’s Not Cool.
Larkin and her husband, a fellow journalist, live in Denver and recently brought home their daughter, Flynn QiuQiu, from China.
Simone Jones –
This book is funny and silly and exactly how a little girl sees her mom. And then at the end, she realizes that even if her mom’s not cool – it’s very cool how much she loves her! It’s a great message for kids from about 8-12! And the illustrations are gorgeous. I just want to climb into the frames and join them!