Nana's Getting Married

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Life with Nana is perfect: she always has time to bake fresh chocolate chip cookies, tell wonderful bedtime stories, and knit cozy mittens and socks and turtleneck sweaters. Perfect, that is, until she meets Bob. All of a sudden, Nana?s too busy for baking and storytelling and knitting. She?s spending her time talking on the phone, giggling, taking long bubble baths, singing love songs, and putting on makeup! What can one aggrieved little boy do to get back Nana ? just the way ...
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Overview

Life with Nana is perfect: she always has time to bake fresh chocolate chip cookies, tell wonderful bedtime stories, and knit cozy mittens and socks and turtleneck sweaters. Perfect, that is, until she meets Bob. All of a sudden, Nana’s too busy for baking and storytelling and knitting. She’s spending her time talking on the phone, giggling, taking long bubble baths, singing love songs, and putting on makeup! What can one aggrieved little boy do to get back Nana – just the way she was?

Complemented by the playful, quirky, chalk-pastel art of Georgia Graham, Nana’s Getting Married will ring a familiar bell with every child who has had to share the attention of a beloved adult. What’s more, it demonstrates hilariously that love has nothing to do with age.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for Nana’s Getting Married:
“…this message about open-mindedness and acceptance hits its mark.”
Publishers Weekly
 
“It is a pleasure to find a picture book whose strong message is matched with a light touch…. Highly Recommended.”
—CM Magazine
 
“…such a refreshing, contemporary take on an issue that lots of children have to learn to deal with: sharing the attention of an adult they love. And you don’t have to be a kid to appreciate Georgia Graham’s fun illustrations.”
Canadian Living
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—An unnamed boy's wonderful Nana no longer bakes cookies, knits, or tells stories because she has a boyfriend. Her grandson thinks her new relationship is "gross" and doesn't approve. But when Nana decides to marry Bob and tells the boy that she still loves him and that he can sometimes spend weekends with them, he has a sudden change of heart. While the concept is laudable, the execution is lacking. The child, who appears to be about six, shows his displeasure by running away, throwing tantrums, and pretending to be sick. Yet he says, "I think the clothes… are dreadful, not to mention inappropriate," which lends him a distinctly older sensibility. Also, his abrupt turnaround lacks credibility. Graham's garishly unappealing cartoon illustrations are reminiscent of David Shannon's work in The Rain Came Down (Scholastic, 2000) minus the charm. The characters are pop-eyed and have oversize heads, skinny necks, and round bodies. Nana has prominent teeth and looks anything but cuddly, and the narrator's verdict on the inappropriateness of her clothing is spot-on. The audience for this story is a mystery.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
Publishers Weekly
“I, for one, do not approve,” says the opinionated narrator of Hartt-Sussman’s debut about his grandmother’s new beau, Bob. First pictured snuggling with the boy and a book in comfy clothes and fuzzy slippers, Nana has undergone quite a transformation. Instead of staying at home to bake her grandson cookies and knit him sweaters, she now dons makeup, fancy dresses, and stilettos for frequent dates with Bob (“ 'Gross,’ I say”). Determined to scare away her suitor, the boy pretends he’s a ghost, whines, sulks, and tells Bob about Nana’s ailments. He makes a rather abrupt about-face during a heart-to-heart with Nana, when she announces that she and Bob are getting married—and that her fiancé is building him a tree house and wants him to visit. Graham’s (The Lime Green Secret) brassy chalk-pastel illustrations feature caricatures with comedic particulars: the bug-eyed narrator’s exaggerated body language, Nana’s outlandish outfits, and Bob’s outsize horizontal moustache (he also sports a ponytail and earring). Though some may find the delivery overblown, this message about open-mindedness and acceptance hits its mark. Ages 4–7. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887769115
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 2/9/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

HEATHER HARTT-SUSSMAN, born in Montreal, graduated from Brandeis University and attended the Sorbonne. She has been a copywriter for BCP in Montreal, a reporter for the Hollywood Reporter, editor-in-chief of international news for TV Guide in French Canada, columnist of the popular “Heather Hartt in Hollywood,” and host of E! Entertainment Television’s The Gossip Show. Nana’s Getting Married is her first book. Heather Hartt-Sussman lives in Toronto with her husband, sons Scotty and Jack, and the family dog.

GEORGIA GRAHAM, born and raised in Calgary, has been using chalk pastels since childhood. She began using artwork to entertain children in her Sunday school class and has illustrated several children’s books, including Wanda and the Wild Hair and Wanda and the Frogs, by Barbara Azore. 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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