Tuesday, March 14, 2017

I love my grandma by Giles Andreae, illustrated by Emma Dodd

This is part of a series of family stories by Andreae and Dodd, previously published in the UK and now being published in the US in picture book and board book format.

A gender neutral child with spiky blonde hair accompanies a brisk, grey-haired grandmother on adventures to the museum and on the train, baking cookies and cuddling up to watch a movie, and other fun activities. The story ends when the grandmother happily hands the child back to its mother; having enjoyed their time together, they're now ready for a break! The text is written in brisk couplets with no missteps in the cheerful rhyme.

Dodd's cozy illustrations show a warm, happy relationship. The grandmother has some darker-skinned friends in one picture but otherwise there is no diversity pictured.

Verdict: There are plenty of "I love my family" picture books on the market. This is sweet and cute, but does not particularly stand out among the vast number available. However, if you are looking to refresh your section and replace old titles, this would make a good addition.

ISBN: 9781484734070; Published 2016 by Disney Press; Review copy provided by publisher; Donated to the library

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