Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Grampsitting: How to Babysit a Grandpa by Joan Wildish

Babysitting a grandpa is fun--IF you know how....

Gramps management is easy. You know what he likes to do--eat ice cream, take slow walks, color pictures for his fridge, and catch a quick snooze....

When Grandpa says "Naptime!" the best way to to put him to sleep is a lo-o-o-n-ng book!"

While he's getting his ZZZs, you need to play or read quietly so he gets his nap out (so he won't wake up grumpy), and then it's time to take him outside for a walk.

If it's sunny, sunscreen up--especially the top of his head!"

If you want to get this sitting job again, be sure to clean up any mess you two make. So, when it's getting to be time for Mom and Dad to return, get Grampa started on the cleanup. Pitch in and do it with him, and don't forget to make it a game! Then, when you hear them coming, reassure Gramps:

"See, they always come BACK!"

Jean Reagan's wry switcheroo on babysitting, How to Babysit a Grandpa (Alred A. Knopf, 2012) will keep kids chuckling at the role reversal, as she puts all those oft-repeated babysitting mantras in the mouth of her preschool protagonist. Lee Wildish's wry comic illustrations are suitably tongue-in-cheek and offer lots of visual humor which further extend the fun. On Fathers Day, grandfathers with a sense of humor will enjoy reading this one to their grandkids, and pointing out that they, of course, would NEVER, EVER, fall asleep on the job.

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  • Great review. This sounds like a fun book. I bet my kids would love it.

    I'd love to have you review my children's picture book. I couldn't find an email address for you though. please contact me via my website if you're interested. Thanks

    By Blogger Jo Linsdell, at 7:51 AM  

  • Jo,
    I couldn't email you from your website (my message says mail client not activated). Sorry!

    By Blogger GTC, at 10:57 AM  

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