Sleepover at Gramma's House

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Going to Gramma's takes plenty of preparation. Granddaughter packs her overnighty trunk and says goodbye to Mom, Dad, little fish and baby in the bed. She can't wait to see her silly millie gramma! Together at last, the two spend a day full of dancing, painting each other and partying with a razzle and a dazzle before, finally, resting together in a ricky rocky swing. What a day!

Barbara Joosse's spirited text combined with Jan Jutte's lively illustrations create this delightful...

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Overview

Going to Gramma's takes plenty of preparation. Granddaughter packs her overnighty trunk and says goodbye to Mom, Dad, little fish and baby in the bed. She can't wait to see her silly millie gramma! Together at last, the two spend a day full of dancing, painting each other and partying with a razzle and a dazzle before, finally, resting together in a ricky rocky swing. What a day!

Barbara Joosse's spirited text combined with Jan Jutte's lively illustrations create this delightful story. Full of engaging, bouncy language that zips right along, this is an original picture book that captures the loving relationship between a young-hearted gramma and her enthusiastic granddaughter.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Jutte’s illustrations, jauntily drawn and heavily inked, provide much of the pleasure in this celebration of a joyous overnight at Gramma’s. Gramma, a wrinkled elephant, is an artist, and Jutte (who last plumbed the mythos of bedtime with Joosse in Roawr!) fills her rural cabin with an abundance of artwork, mismatched furniture, and offbeat paraphernalia. Joosse narrates the granddaughter’s arrival in first-person, stream-of-consciousness chatter: “I’m flipping off my shoesies and I’m rolling down my socksies and I’m sighing and I’m singing and I’m... THERE!” Gramma is the source of one captivating idea after another; they run through paper taped over a door, throw an impromptu party, splatter each other with paint, and even switch roles, with the girl inventing two uproariously pitch-perfect bedtime stories (“Once upon a time there was a cake that nobody ate. And then they did. The End”). To be allowed to look in on this idyllic relationship (“Oh. We love each other so,” is the granddaughter’s recurring chorus) and imagine oneself as part of it is this quirky story’s gift to readers. Ages 3-5. (May)
Publishers Weekly
Jutte’s illustrations, jauntily drawn and heavily inked, provide much of the pleasure in this celebration of a joyous overnight at Gramma’s. Gramma, a wrinkled elephant, is an artist, and Jutte (who last plumbed the mythos of bedtime with Joosse in Roawr!) fills her rural cabin with an abundance of artwork, mismatched furniture, and offbeat paraphernalia. Joosse narrates the granddaughter’s arrival in first-person, stream-of-consciousness chatter: “I’m flipping off my shoesies and I’m rolling down my socksies and I’m sighing and I’m singing and I’m... THERE!” Gramma is the source of one captivating idea after another; they run through paper taped over a door, throw an impromptu party, splatter each other with paint, and even switch roles, with the girl inventing two uproariously pitch-perfect bedtime stories (“Once upon a time there was a cake that nobody ate. And then they did. The End”). To be allowed to look in on this idyllic relationship (“Oh. We love each other so,” is the granddaughter’s recurring chorus) and imagine oneself as part of it is this quirky story’s gift to readers. Ages 3–5. (May)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Joosse captures the bouncy excitement of a young girl, an anthropomorphic elephant, as she packs her "nighty" in her "little overnighty trunk" for her trip to her Gramma's. She says goodbye to mom, dad, and baby. When she is finally THERE, she repeats her happy refrain: "Oh. We love each other so," as they have great fun together. They run, party, paint, and dance. When "...it's time/ for the sleep-tight nighty-night ball/ all righty righty righty/ in my little pink nighty/ night ball," Gramma insists on a story, or two. Then they fall asleep, "inside a hug." The comic language of the text has a singsong quality as Jutte's slightly cartoon-y ink, watercolor, and acrylic illustrations swing along. There are lots of details, particularly in the wordless drive through town and grandmother's painting studio, created with black outlines filled with low-key hues. An extra touch is Gramma's frisky dog. A true celebration of the intergenerational relationship. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—With her "nighty in [her] nighty trunk," a little elephant makes her way to her grandmother's house for sleepover fun. The story is told in bouncy rhythmic lines that almost beg to be sung, with the refrain, "Oh. We love each other so" woven throughout. The child and her grandmother play silly games, tell one another stories, and take absolute delight in each other's antics. Their exuberantly shared enjoyment and love are perfectly reflected in the slightly muted full-color ink, watercolor, and acrylic illustrations. The stylized artwork is reminiscent of comic books from the 1920s and '30s with hints of zaniness and joie de vivre contained within clean lines and plenty of white space. This onomatopoeic paean to a grandmother and granddaughter's mutual love will delight storytime crowds, and real-life grandparents looking for a snuggly one-on-one read will welcome it.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
A young elephant child says goodbye to all that is familiar and "in the regular place" and sets off to Gramma's. The text's refrain, "Oh. We love each other so," is punctuated by the rollicking activities that she and her "Gramma silly / silly millie silly millie" do together-a tea party, painting, a bath, dancing, watching a storm from the porch swing and falling "asleep / . . . inside a hug." Joosse may have captured the breathless excitement and stream-of-consciousness thinking that carry the young narrator a little too well, as the tale does not flow so much as bounce along, willy-nilly. Jutte's illustrations are jam-packed full of details. Readers get a clear sense of the child's excitement and activity level, but they will never lose sight of the relationship being celebrated. The colors in the ink, watercolor and acrylic illustrations lend the artwork a retro feel, and the elephants may remind many readers of Babar. A sweet theme, but the gentle rhymes and less-frenetic pace of Mary Ann Hoberman's I'm Going to Grandma's, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke (2007), may be more suitable for younger listeners. (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399252617
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 5/13/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,387,759
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.08 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Joosse lives in Wisconsin.
Jan Jutte lives in the Netherlands.

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  • Posted November 11, 2011

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    My Review: ¿Goodie goodie goodie¿I¿m packing up my little trunk, my little overnighty trunk, my nighty in my nighty trunk¿. That is the sound of an excited little elephant that couldn¿t wait to visit her gramma¿s house for sleepover. When she finally got to her house they spent the evening running thought the paper door, having a tea party, wall painting, taking a shower, dancing on gramma¿s toes and reading stories. Then they snuggled together watching the lighting in the sky. Oh. How they love each other so. This story tells of a good relationships and an expression of love a grandchild has with their grandparents. Children would love this playful rhyming story with great watercolor and acrylic illustrations by Jan Jutte. FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

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