How to Babysit a Grandpa

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A New York Times bestselling picture book about a child spending time with his grandpa. Written in a how-to style, the narrator gives important tips for "babysitting" a grandpa, including what to eat for snack (anything dipped in ketchup, ice cream topped with cookies, cookies topped with ice cream) what to do on a walk (find lizards and dandelion puffs, be on the lookout for puddles and sprinklers), and how to play with a grandpa (build a pirate cave, put on a scary play).

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Overview

A New York Times bestselling picture book about a child spending time with his grandpa. Written in a how-to style, the narrator gives important tips for "babysitting" a grandpa, including what to eat for snack (anything dipped in ketchup, ice cream topped with cookies, cookies topped with ice cream) what to do on a walk (find lizards and dandelion puffs, be on the lookout for puddles and sprinklers), and how to play with a grandpa (build a pirate cave, put on a scary play).

Filled with humor, energy, and warmth, this is a great gift for or from a grandparent, and perfect for lap reading when Grandpa comes to visit!

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Editorial Reviews

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The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, May 2012:
"The narrative is particularly effective in converting childish concern into caretaker reassurance ('When your mom and dad leave, pat your grandpa’s hand and say, "Don’t worry. They always come back" ’)...While grandpas will obviously enjoy sharing this story with their little ones (and parents will enjoy purchasing it for a Father’s Day gift for said grandpa), there is enough playfulness here to broaden the appeal to a wider audience."
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—A boy's tips for babysitting a grandpa include hiding when he arrives; fixing snacks such as "anything dipped in ketchup"; looking for "lizards, cool rocks, and dandelion puffs" on walks; and so on. The endpapers have eight childlike drawings of child-grandparent interactions, and the book opens with a digitally rendered cartoonlike illustration of a spindly legged man sporting tufts of gray hair and carrying a small purple duffel bag. The parents leave, and the boy assures his grandfather, "Don't worry. They always come back," and the fun begins. In preparation for outdoor activities, the child advises bundling grandpa from head to toe in winter and slathering sunscreen on his bald head in summer. For indoor activities, "have him read a looooooooooong book" several times, guaranteed to put him to sleep. Of course, the house becomes quite messy and a hurried cleanup is in order before Mom and Dad return. The humorous illustrations include a snoozing grandpa with a meowing cat atop his head to wake him up. Youngsters will recognize some of the sayings they've heard from their own grandparents and will thoroughly enjoy the tongue-in-cheek role reversal.—Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT
Kirkus Reviews
Reagan's second outing is a tongue-in-cheek reversal of roles as a young boy instructs readers on how best to entertain and care for a grandpa while Mom and Dad are away. First, he instructs them to hide when Grandpa rings the doorbell--resist the wiggles and giggles, and only pop out when he gives up. Then, reassure him that Mom and Dad will be back and distract him with a snack--heavy on the ice cream, cookies, ketchup and olives. Throughout the day, the narrator takes his grandpa for a walk, entertains him, plays with him, puts him down for a nap and encourages him to clean up before Mom and Dad's return. Lists on almost every spread give readers a range of ideas for things to try, provided their grandfathers are not diabetic or arthritic, or have high blood pressure or a heart condition. These lists also provide Wildish with lots of fodder for his vignette illustrations. His digital artwork definitely focuses on the humor, with laugh-out-loud scenes and funny hidden details. And his characters' expressive faces also help to fill in the grandfather-grandson relationship that Reagan's deadpan narrative leaves unstated. A good choice for just those days when Mom and Dad do go away and leave their children in charge of Grandpa. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375867132
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/10/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 19,782
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

JEAN REAGAN was born in Alabama but spent most of her childhood in Japan. She now lives in Salt Lake City with her husband. In the summers, they serve as backcountry volunteers in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. To learn more about Jean and her work, please visit JeanReagan.com.

LEE WILDISH has illustrated a number of children's books in various styles, most recently Thomas and the Dragon Queen by Shutta Crum and Twosomes by Marilyn Singer, both on the Knopf list. To learn more about Lee and his work, please visit WildishIllustration.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    It thrills your heart!

    My husband and I read this book in the store and loved it! What a wonderful book for any child or adult. I highly reccomend it for anyone who wants something that just warms you to the soul. I do hope that some day a Grandma versoin is written.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    So Adorable

    This book is adorable! A fun, clever, cute idea to turn the table and
    let the little one think he is babysitting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2014

    This book is amazing!! Must read for any age!!

    This book is amazing!! Must read for any age!!

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    great

    It was like the author watched my niece and nephew as they spent time with their grandfather and then wrote a book about it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    My father and my daughter read this book together at least once

    My father and my daughter read this book together at least once a week, it has replaced all of their Berenstain Bears or Dr Seuss books as favorite book. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Recommend

    Cute,fun book.

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