Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie

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Lucky for Sophie and Chloe, Grandma Tillie knows how to royally entertain her grandchildren. To their delight, whenever Grandma Tillie babysits, she seems to disappear, only to be replaced by a parade of lovable characters. There's Tillie Vanilly with the bright pink hair, star of The Tillie Vanilly Show, who loves to tell jokes and dance the conga; Chef Silly Tillie with the lampshade hat who offers up a dinner of Worm Chili with Glue Gravy; and Madame Frilly Tillie with the sparkly eyeglasses and towel turban, ...

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Overview

Lucky for Sophie and Chloe, Grandma Tillie knows how to royally entertain her grandchildren. To their delight, whenever Grandma Tillie babysits, she seems to disappear, only to be replaced by a parade of lovable characters. There's Tillie Vanilly with the bright pink hair, star of The Tillie Vanilly Show, who loves to tell jokes and dance the conga; Chef Silly Tillie with the lampshade hat who offers up a dinner of Worm Chili with Glue Gravy; and Madame Frilly Tillie with the sparkly eyeglasses and towel turban, the world's most creative bath-bubble stylist. Sophie and Chloe wonder who will appear to tuck them into bed: Hiker Hilly Tillie, Explorer Chilly Tillie, or Zoo-lady Gorilly Tillie? To their surprise, it’s the best character of all—just plain Grandma Tillie.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
When Grandma Tillie comes to babysit for Sophie and her younger sister, Chloe, she brings her cat and her knitting bag because all she likes to do is sit and knit. Except that Grandma Tillie disappears with her bag into the coat closet and emerges as the entertainer Tillie Vanilly, who can juggle, tell silly pun-based jokes, and lead the girls in a conga line. After conga-ing to the kitchen, Tillie Vanilly transforms into Chef Silly Tillie, who offers snake toes and worm chili for dinner. While the girls eat plain old grilled cheese sandwiches, she sings and cheers as they blow bubbles in their chocolate milk. At bath time, Madame Frilly Tillie appears to beautify the sisters with bubble hair-dos. Grandma Tillie returns, at Chloe's request, to read a bedtime story and refuses to be silly. Sophie, though, is sure she hears her grandma conga-ing down the hall. The colored-pencil and digitally painted illustrations are bright and vivid. The story will appeal to young children and their grandmothers, reminding the latter to have fun with their grandchildren and the former that it is fine to be silly as long as they go to bed on time. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson
Kirkus Reviews
Grandma Tillie feels old and just likes to sit and knit. Or does she? When Grandma Tillie comes to babysit Sophie and Chloe, she transforms herself into a series of frolicking companions, beginning with "The Tillie Vanilly Show." She juggles and tells jokes at the same time; struts a conga line into the kitchen, where she serves up worm chili with glue gravy or frosted snake toes from Chef Silly Tillie's Diner. At bedtime, Madame Frilly Tillie washes and soaps the girls with bubble make-up. All clean and ready for a story, the girls ask for the real Grandma Tillie to reappear, and she does. The whimsical illustrations of pencil on paper, digitally painted, finesse the exaggeration with colorful details: Grandma Tillie in her various disguises sports a fuchsia lampshade hat, chartreuse top, pink hair and rhinestone cat's-eye glasses. A brown-and-white cat is part of the mischief in every scene. Told in first-person voice by older Sophie, the capricious tale will have young girls wishing for a silly grandma just like Tillie, especially if she can hang a spoon from her nose. (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979974687
  • Publisher: Flashlight Press
  • Publication date: 1/19/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 318,208
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie Jacobs is the author of So Much in Common and the award-winning A Box of Candles. Her stories have also appeared in Cricket Magazine. She lives in Swampscott, Massachusetts. Anne Jewett has done illustrations for Babybug Magazine, Oxford University Press, and the Santa Anna Zoo, and she is the illustrator of The Warmest Place of All. She lives in Chuluota, Florida.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    wonderful story!  My granddaughter loves this book.  She asks me

    wonderful story!  My granddaughter loves this book.  She asks me to read it all the time.  Loves to conga! 

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