How to Babysit a Grandma

illus. by Lee Wildish. 32p. Knopf. Mar. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780385753845; lib. ed. $19.99. ISBN 9780385753852; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780385753869. LC 2013019509.
PreS-Gr 2—In a companion to Reagan's How to Babysit a Grandpa (Knopf, 2012), a young girl heads over to her grandma's house for a sleepover babysitting session-with the child providing clear and humorous instructions to readers on how to care for a grandma. The to-do list contains many choices for Grandma to select from, including a walk to the park, reading, taking photos, playing dress-up, and adding sugary sprinkles to her meal items. The child wisely allows plenty of time for Grandma to look at the pages while reading a book, peek at the stars, and choose the best spot to sleep. Any grown-up who has calmly been the object of a child's flights of fancy will chuckle at the scenarios, as Grandma, never mugging or rolling her eyes, participates fully and patiently in all of her granddaughter's ideas. The full-color digital art is bright, and sharp-eyed children will delight in the details, including the silly antics of Grandma's dog. While this book breaks no new ground, the charm of its premise and the clear bond between the generations will have kids and grandparents giggling together.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
In a follow-up to How to Babysit a Grandpa, a girl imagines how she'll be a good grandma babysitter at their sleepover: they'll go to the park, sing songs, and tell stories; if Grandma misses Mom and Dad, the girl will remind her, "They'll be here tomorrow..." Bright digital illustrations add lots of amusing details and showcase the warm, caring intergenerational relationship.

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