Here Comes Hortense!by Heather Hartt-Sussman, Georgia Graham (Illustrator)
The feisty, irrepressible Nana we met in Nana’s Getting Married is back. And what could be more fun for a six-year-old than having your nana and her new husband take you to a theme park? But the fun is spoiled when Nana and Bob announce that they’ve planned a surprise: they are going to be joined by Bob’s granddaughter, Hortense./i>/b>
The feisty, irrepressible Nana we met in Nana’s Getting Married is back. And what could be more fun for a six-year-old than having your nana and her new husband take you to a theme park? But the fun is spoiled when Nana and Bob announce that they’ve planned a surprise: they are going to be joined by Bob’s granddaughter, Hortense. It turns out to be the worst surprise ever. Nana shares her room with Hortense instead of her disgruntled little grandson. She sings her special good-night song to Hortense. She goes on all the scary rides with Hortense. And, worst of all, Hortense has a special name for Nana.
A perceptive and hilarious exploration of rivalry, there’s a gentle lesson for readers, young and old.
“…Georgia Graham’s artwork is truly delightful…. The drawings suit the story so well and are complemented with large bold text in many strategic places…. The results are playful, quirky, colourful and action-packed artwork!”
—Highly Recommended, CM Magazine
“In a well told story, Hartt-Sussman gently captures all the feelings of jealousy and exclusion as well as the very real love between grandparents and grandchildren (and between Bob and Nana) and brings it to a satisfying conclusion.”
—Canadian Children’s Book News
“Graham’s exaggerated chalk pastels feature a lurid carnival palette and in-your-face characterizations, providing a comedic balance to the boy’s pained emotional state.”
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 6 Years
Meet the Author
Heather Hartt-Sussman was born in Montreal, graduated from Brandeis University, and attended the Sorbonne. She has been a copywriter for BCP in Montreal, a reporter and an associate international editor for the Hollywood Reporter, editor-in-chief of international news for TV Guide in French Canada, where she also had a popular column, “Heather Hartt in Hollywood” for five years. Heather Hartt-Sussman lives in Toronto with her husband, sons Scotty and Jack, and the family dog.
Georgia Graham, born and raised in Calgary, began using artwork to entertain children in her Sunday school class. She has illustrated numerous children’s books, including Wanda and the Wild Hair, Wanda and the Frogs, and Wanda’s Freckles by Barbara Azore. Georgia also illustrated Nana’s Getting Married, the first in the series, written by Heather Hartt-Sussman. The Lime Green Secret, which she wrote and illustrated, was published to critical acclaim. Georgia Graham lives on a tree farm in central Alberta with her husband and dog, Ginger.
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A little boy is excited to spend some time with his Nana and her husband Bob at the amusement park. But when their “surprise” turns out to be Bob’s granddaughter Hortense, he finds out that not all surprises are good ones. Hortense is spending too much time with his Nana and he experiences some jealousy. But he finds a friend in Bob who he begins to call Gramps. After talking to Hortense he realizes that they can share their grandparents and the surprise turns into a good one. This story was sweet and touching. It brought jealousy, love, sharing, and misunderstanding to the young reader’s mind. The reasons for rivalry are not always valid if the situation is considered from another perspective. The author did a great job of telling the story from the child’s perspective and with realistic feelings. The illustrations were hilarious and added such a funny element to the story. My children really enjoyed reading this book and looking at the detailed pictures. I received this book free of charge from Children's Literature in exchange for my honest review.