PreS-K-- Nelly, a gentle little dragon introduced in Nelly's Garden (Tambourine, 1991), and her brother, Mike, love both of their grandmothers even though they are as different as chalk and cheese. Granny Gussy lives in the country where days are spent picking blueberries, fishing, and riding in the hay truck. Granny Lou, on the other hand, lives in an apartment building, dresses in heels and furs, and takes the children to fancy restaurants. Charming pen-and-ink and watercolor paintings capture the delights of both locales and the appealing dragon children as they thoroughly enjoy their visits. While not as funny or cleverly plotted as Emily Arnold McCully's The Grandma Mix-Up (HarperCollins, 1988), this story is nevertheless warm and just right for family sharing. --Caroline Parr, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Fredericksburg, VA
Nelly Dragon and her brother, Mike, love to visit both of their grandmas, even though the two grandmothers are as different as night and day. The Dragon family's first stop on their car trip is at Granny Gussy's house in the country. Granny likes to catch fish for breakfast and smells like flowers and hay. She can name the stars in the sky and is not averse to taking a ride into town in the back of a pick-up truck. The children appreciate the natural wonders of the country, where there are plenty of creatures to observe and investigate, so what a contrast it is when the family packs up and goes to visit their city grandma. Granny Lou is plump and takes the children for a ride on the subway and to fancy restaurants that serve flaming desserts. Mike and Nelly miss the stars but manage to appreciate the glitter of the city lights outside their bedroom window. Finally back home, the children long for both their grannies, which is easily remedied when both grandmothers come to visit. Slote's story is simple but charming, and her bright energetic illustrations make both grannies and their homes equally appealing.