Illustrated in full color. From early morning till sundown, folks on the farm take turns fetching Grandma, because someone's got to keep her out of trouble! Grandma's always in a heap of mischief—she's either telling jokes to her dog, sliding down the haystack with her porcupines, or playing nine-card stump with a possum. But when she's asked to play the banjo, Grandma is quick to say yes, because ending each day with a song is something she'll always make time for. ...
Illustrated in full color. From early morning till sundown, folks on the farm take turns fetching Grandma, because someone's got to keep her out of trouble! Grandma's always in a heap of mischief—she's either telling jokes to her dog, sliding down the haystack with her porcupines, or playing nine-card stump with a possum. But when she's asked to play the banjo, Grandma is quick to say yes, because ending each day with a song is something she'll always make time for.
Grandma is too busy for various family activities until she's invited to put together a banjo band to entertain them.
From its hillbilly characters to its goony title-page rendering of the Knopf borzoi to its droll locutions (``Where in the hickory stick is Grandma?''), this volume establishes a rollicking hootenanny feel. Grandma, a salty old woman in the Beverly Hillbillies mold, is ``too busy'' entertaining her pets and herself to help Ma fix the house and garden. One by one, Ma sends her four kids to find her errant kinswoman and, one by one, Grandma sends them back-armed with the ability to tell tall tales, paint or dance to amuse Ma and their siblings. Finally, Ma tunes up her fiddle and tempts Grandma and her banjo out of hiding for a rendition of ``The Chickadilla Song'' (a down-on-the-farm ditty based on an 1871 tune). The family-along with fleabitten dogs, hyperactive ducks and chickens, and two prickly porcupines-carouses in the yard as the sun sets, all anti-Grandma sentiment forgotten. Booth (Possum Come a-Knockin') applies cutout ink-and-watercolor cartoons to a watercolor background; fans of the New Yorker artist will instantly recognize a certain pointy-eared, barrel-chested dog. Ages 4-8. (June)
- Meredith E. Kiger
Who doesn't love the zany cartoons of George Booth, but the text to this bizarre tale is difficult to follow. A family's attempt to keep an eye on grandma involves numerous characters, wacky vocabulary and strange unrelated events. It would be difficult to follow if read aloud, but could appeal to that special child who enjoys cartoons and an alternative view of life.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2Woolie keeps protesting that it's not his turn, so his siblings Mack, Monroe, and Oleanna search for Grandma throughout the day. There's important work to be done around the house, but the cantankerous elderly woman is too busy telling jokes, spiffing up old clothes with bright paint, or playing a wild-card game with the critters thereabouts to help. Chores are finished and Ma sees the setting sun. She sends Woolie, whose turn has finally come, to fetch his rowdy granny. It's time for a family hoedown, and music stirs Grandma's soul. She's there in a flash to play the banjo and sing her favorite tune, the ``Chickadilla Song.'' The story's lively mountain twang is well paired with wild cartoon illustrations that highlight its sassy tone. Finish a read-aloud with a sing-along (music and new lyrics provided). It will be a silly good time for all.Virginia E. Jeschelnig, Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willowick, OH
Los Angeles Times Book
Los Angeles author April Halprin Wayland has crafted a hilarious story full of memorable characters and, thanks to her training as a poet, even more memorable turns of idomatic phrase ("Noon was sizzling like an egg in a cast-iron pan"). Meanwhile, the great New Yorker cartoonist George Booth has created wackily apposite pictures filled with eccentric human and animal characters, all of whom are caught in laugh-out-loud situations and poses."
Sing Out! Magazine
What a charming picture and story book from the pairing of April Halprin Wayland, a Los Angeles children's writer, country fiddler and founder of the Santa Monica Traditional Folk Music Club and New Yorker cartoonist George Booth!"
George Booth is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and several children’s books. His previous books include The Essential George Booth, Omnibooth, and Think Good Thoughts About a Pussycat. In 1993 Booth was recognized with a Gag Cartoon Award for his work in the New Yorker by the National Cartoonist Society. He lives in Stony Brook, NY. Bill Cosby is an American comedian, actor, author, producer, and activist. He is also the bestselling author of Fatherhood.