Grandma U

Grandma U

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by Jeanie Franz Ransom, Lucy Corvino

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-This inventive tale follows the education of Molly McCool, a hip, fit, convertible-driving grandma-to-be who worries that she doesn't know how to be a grandma. She's forgotten her nursery rhymes, and can't bake an edible cookie to save her life. But, under the tutelage of wise Mrs. Applebee, Molly learns the important basics. The author's amusing concept translates well to the page, allowing for a wide range of comic situations. Classes at Grandma University include such useful subjects as "Bottoms Up" (the art of fine diapering), "Gah-Gahs, Goo-Goos, & Giggles" (baby talk for beginners), and "Rock 'n' Read" (repeated, consecutive readings of the same book). Ransom's writing is lively, witty, and well paced. Molly's worry that she won't measure up builds to an effective and satisfying conclusion. Corvino's curvy, exuberant watercolor-and-colored-pencil drawings, dominated by shades of sunny yellow and cheery green, are a perfect accompaniment to the text. The exaggerated characterizations are wonderfully silly, especially of the grannies at recess or practicing their goofy faces with hand-held mirrors. This visually appealing, contemporary tale is perfect for, but not limited to, intergenerational sharing, especially for those grandmothers who have taken "Rock 'n' Read 101" at their local university. Children will ask for this one over and over again.-Carol L. MacKay, Camrose Public Library, Alberta, Canada Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Though the punch line in Ransom�s story of a grandma�s formal education in grandmahood is groaningly predictable, the buffed and cheery illustrations elevate what is essentially a picture book for grandmothers. Molly McCool has a case of the shim-shams as she anticipates the arrival of her grandchild. She�s forgotten how to be around babies, so she enrolls in Mrs. Applebee�s course: Grandma University. She gets reacquainted with the basics of reading stories over and over and shooting down the slide over and over. She also learns about disposal diapers ("They hold as much as Lake Erie," notes Mrs. Applebee. "Which means you might not even know the baby�s wet . . . until the diaper explodes. KA-BLAM!"). And she gets a crash course in computers (where by the end of the lesson the grandmas are designing web pages, which truly makes Mrs. Applebee a miracle worker). But of course none of these are the most important thing of all, something no school can teach, something the grandmas already know all about. Kids might get a chuckle out of the baby doll whose head falls when Molly forgets to give it enough support, and the diaper episode is good gross fun, but the reading level for this item really ought to be 50. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
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Edition description:
First Edition
Product dimensions:
10.29(w) x 8.69(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Grandma U 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A lot of children's books are clever, and some few are insightful, but this one has it all. Ms. Ransom has written a lullaby that any child will love to hear night after night. She knows how to build to the finale, so that a child will delight in knowing what's coming even after they've had that first thought-provoking read. Ms. Corvino's drawings are also well-matched for warm humor. A university for grandmothers is an inspired vehicle for a lot of witty and wise exploration into feelings and relationships. Congratulations to Ransom & Corvino, and I hope to see more in their tone and style.