The Grandma Book

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Featuring Todd Parr's signature colorful and kid-friendly illustrations, The Grandma Book portrays the different ways grandmothers show their grandchildren love, from offering advice and babysitting to making things and giving lots of kisses.

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Featuring Todd Parr's signature colorful and kid-friendly illustrations, The Grandma Book portrays the different ways grandmothers show their grandchildren love, from offering advice and babysitting to making things and giving lots of kisses.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As with The Mommy Book and The Daddy Book, the paper-over-board The Grandma Book and The Grandpa Book by Todd Parr continue to celebrate family members with many hues (a purple-complexioned, blue beehive-sporting granny demonstrates "some grandmas have a lot of purses"), shapes and interests. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
In this ode to grandmas, Parr has dismissed stereotypes and focused on the essence of experiencing the best that the child/grandma relationship has to offer. An experienced teacher described helping her 4th grade class write poetry about their grandmothers. She was listing words like rocking chair, knitting, and napping when her students began to protest that their grandmothers did not do any of those things. Parr also recognizes that today's grandmas are quite capable of dancing, working, driving (slow and fast), as well as loving (to distraction) their grandchildren. His uncluttered line art is as colorful as ever and his observations are equally as astute as in his previous books. Grandmas are a source of unending delight for their grandchildren—as are grandchildren for their Nanas, Nonnas, YaYas, Grammies, Grannies, Grandmommas, Mimis, Grams, Memaws, Nunnys, Omas, Bube, Ninis, or whatever name gets invented by the first grandchild. It is obvious that Parr adored and adores his own grandmothers (the book is dedicated to them) and his book gives children a concrete look at this loving, nurturing relationship that every child should get to enjoy—either through their own families or the "adoption" of a grandmother. Mine loved me and I love my grandchildren—this book is a celebration of all aspects of my own experience and I truly hope YOURS. Classroom readings of this paean to loving will result in great discussions and excellent writing prompts at all age levels. 2006, Little Brown and Company, Ages 2 up.
—Sheilah Egan
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-In this affectionate and humorous pair of books, Parr explores the differences among grandparents: "Some grandmas have a lot of purses"; "Some grandpas can wiggle their ears." He also notes their similarities: "Some grandmas live with a grandpa"; "Some grandpas live with a grandma." The books end with a short message about grandparents and a reminder to tell them that you love them. The artist's skillful use of bright neon, supersaturated colors, thickly outlined simple figures, and brief text combine to make the books lots of fun. Good additions to any collection and wonderful choices for a storytime.-Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316070416
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/12/2011
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 84,188
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Todd Parr

Todd Parr is the author of more than thirty books for children, including the New York Times bestselling The I Love You Book, The Earth Book, and The Thankful Book. He lives in Berkeley, California. For a complete list of Todd's books and more information, visit


Author/illustrator Todd Parr is the poster child for perseverance. Growing up in Wyoming, he knew he wanted to be an artist, but he met with rejection at almost every turn. In school, his drawings and paintings were considered childish and simplistic. He even failed his high school art course for not meeting class standards. As a result, for many years he lacked the self-confidence to pursue his dreams. Then, when he finally mustered the resolve to begin painting in earnest, his work was turned down by dozens of galleries.

Yet, in spite of these roadblocks, Parr persisted. He arranged a small showing of his paintings at Wolfgang Puck's San Francisco restaurant Postrio. A buyer for Macy's West saw his canvases and encouraged him to design a line of merchandise for the store. Then, in 1998, Parr's bold, colorful style caught the eye of Little Brown agent Megan Tingley, who approached him to write children's books. The rest, as they say, is publishing history.

Unlike other children's authors, Parr is not a traditional storyteller; yet his books—with their positive, reassuring messages about acceptance, self-confidence, and diversity—have become enormously popular. In bestsellers like The Family Book, We Belong Together and It's Okay to Be Different, he encourage preschoolers to be themselves, to express their feelings, and to celebrate what makes each of them unique.

But it is his artwork—cheerful stick figures rendered in bright, neon colors and outlined boldly in black—that makes Parr one of the most recognized names in the world of children's literature. The same simplicity of technique that once drew criticism has proved to be his most bankable commodity. His work has been displayed in the windows of FAO Schwartz, his products are sold worldwide, and he has won awards for his books and for his preschool television show ToddWorld. Pretty good for a kid who was thrown out of high school art class!

Good To Know

Not all of Parr's fans are eight and under—teens in Japan reportedly swamped the author on his book tour, bringing rice cookers and surfboards for signing.

Before he began his career as a children's author, Parr was a flight attendant for United Airlines.

Parr's first job was working at Taco Time for $1 an hour at age 11. "I was going to own my own someday," he said in an interview with Barnes & "I still love tacos. :)"

Parr gives special credit to his family for their support: "I have a very special family," he told Barnes & "They never really understood me, but encouraged me to go after everything I wanted even when we did not agree. As I now realize—this takes a lot of love to do."

Parr has no formal art training.

He was flabbergasted when he was approached to write children's books. "I can't even spell," he told us, "so the idea of being an 'author' never entered my mind!" Once he realized this would not be an obstacle, it cleared the way for him to focus on his artwork and the messages behind it.

When asked what kind of advice he would give to kids who want to be artists, here's what Parr told us:
Believe in yourself. Art is art even if no one else likes what you do. If it makes you happy, stay with it. Don't give up. And surround yourself with your work to remind yourself of what makes you feel good.

The message behind my work stemmed somewhat from my childhood because it was not okay for me to be who I was. I did not conform to the "norm" or want to be like everyone else. Things have not changed that much for kids today either; it seems harder for them. So in the process of doing what I'm doing in my work—enjoying my life and being happy—if I can help someone, especially kids, learn to believe in themselves, accept others, and learn not to hate, then maybe someone's life will be a little easier and maybe their dreams a little closer to coming true."

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    1. Hometown:
      Berkeley, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 9, 1962
    2. Place of Birth:
      Rock Springs, Wyoming
    1. Education:
      High school diploma
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    Sooo cute

    I read it to my baby sister and brother they loved it now they now how to say "grandma".So cute!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    read it to first grade ...was hit with the children... vivid art...and teacher plus her aide loved it because it evoked memoriesof their grandmas!

    see above

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    I was disappointed.

    I bought this to read to my grandkids while we were camping in the back yard. I was disappointed how short it was as it is only 6 pages. Cute for what it is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013


    Love this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013


    I'm back!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Zia to all

    Yes you may join. The only characters taken are Bast and Zia, so ya, youre free! I cant be on much today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Amazing for kids


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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    Perfect for remembering Grandma.

    This book was so much fun to read. The storyline was cute and the illustrations were darling. My 3 year old daughter absolutely loves it. She had it memorized after just a few readings, which made it even more fun for her because then she could "read" it to me. It shows a true picture of what most grandmothers are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2011

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