How To Babysit A GrandpaFeatured
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!
The only drawbacks to this book (as a mom of young children)are the sections discussing snacks and nap time. I'm all for fun snacks! But three of the four snacks mentioned as acceptable options are sugary or fried, and that gives me pause as a mother. I want my kids to enjoy fun but healthy snacks. :) Also, the book advises children that during nap time, grandpa will fall asleep but they should stay awake in order to babysit him. Again, as a mother, this isn't advice I want my children to follow. I want my kids to understand that nap time means they sleep, not that they are in charge of the house while grandpa sleeps.
However, I realize my drawbacks are nitpicky things and may not be a drawback to other readers. The illustrations are vivid and adorable, and overall, the book is endearing and sweet.
Although it’s a short book, being for young children and all, the author is still able to give the characters a lot of personality. The little boy has a big imagination, and he’s rambunctious, spirited and kind while the grandpa is warm, caring and willing to be a little silly and goofy with his grandkid. The boy’s love of playing pretend was a great touch, and I liked how he included his grandpa in his games, showing young readers that grandparents can be a lot of fun too.
The illustrations are very well-done, and every time you read it, you can pick out things you might have missed before. My favorite little detail is the inclusion of a pair of conniving little lizards who don't like the grandpa. If you wanted to add another element to reading the story aloud, you could easily play I-Spy-The-Lizards if you were reading this book with a child!
This book is an awesome book for any kid who is going to be staying behind with a babysitter, but it is an especially good book for grandparents to read with their grandkids or perhaps for teachers to read on grandparent visitation days. It’s a cute, silly book that will make kids giggle.