Saturday, April 7, 2012

Children's book Saturday "How to Babysit a Grandpa" By: Jean Reagan Review

"How to Babysit a Grandpa"
Written By: Jean Reagan
Illustrated By: Lee Wildish
Synopsis from Amazon:
This is a hilarious and accessible picture book about a child spending time with his grandpa. Written in a how-to style, the narrator gives important tips for "babysitting" a grandpa, including what to eat for snack (anything dipped in ketchup, ice cream topped with cookies, cookies topped with ice cream) what to do on a walk (find lizards and dandelion puffs, be on the lookout for puddles and sprinklers), and how to play with a grandpa (build a pirate cave, put on a scary play). 

Filled with humor, energy, and warmth, this is a great gift for or from a grandparent, and perfect for lap reading when Grandpa comes to visit! 
My Thoughts:
     Easily one of the cutest books I've read in a long time, “How to Babysit a Grandpa” is an instruction manual for children in the care of their Grandpa's. It highlights ways to entertain them, nap time, and foods they may enjoy. The story also gives tips on the care of grandpa's and even tells how to walk your Grandpa.
    The story is extremely entertaining and keeps you smiling the entire time. With tips like “How to Entertain a Grandpa: Somersault across the room, Put on a Scary Play, and Show off your muscles” children will enjoy it as well. Beyond being an insanely cute story, the illustrations are beyond sublime. With a homey feeling, you instantly fall in love with the little boy and with Grandpa. A wonderful story that will hit a note of nostalgia with everyone, I highly recommend this one to parents and librarians. I sure hope they have tips on Grandma’s next!
I received this book from Edelweiss in order to give a fair and honest review of the material. 
Book Details
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Date of Publication: April 10, 2012
# of Pages: 32
ISBN: 978-0375867132


  1. Hi! I just ran across your review. I'm so glad you enjoyed How to Babysit a Grandpa. And I agree Lee Wildish's illustrations are "beyond sublime!" Thanks.

  2. I loved the book Jean :) Incredibly cute and really funny. Are there plans for Grandma?

    Thank you for stopping by, you've made my day!

  3. Yes, a Grandma story would be fun. Gotta get to work on that. Thanks.