FICTION

Maud and Grand-Maud

Random. Aug. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780399554582.
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PreS-Gr 2–Grand-Maud and her namesake granddaughter spend weekends together at Grand-Maud’s house. They wear matching nightgowns, eat breakfast for dinner on tray tables while watching old movies, and sleep like sisters in twin beds in a room they share. But wait, there’s more! Under young Maud’s bed there is a wooden chest that Grand-Maud has hidden a treasure in at each visit; something bought or something made. O’Leary and Pak take readers through the weekend with sepia-toned sketches that are as aspirational as they are nostalgic. Who wouldn’t want to be a grandmother like Grand-Maud, and who wouldn’t want to be a young Maud, so appreciated and beloved?
VERDICT A lovely story of cross-generational ties, this may resonate more with adults than with children. Recommended for large collections.

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