cover image The Grandma Mix-Up: Story and Pictures

The Grandma Mix-Up: Story and Pictures

Emily Arnold McCully. HarperCollins Publishers, $11.95 (64pp) ISBN 978-0-06-024201-5

From an accomplished author/illustrator comes a sweetly child-centered I Can Read. Pip's parents are going on a trip and there's a mix-up. Mom asked Grandma Nan to baby-sit while Dad asked Grandma Sal. The grandmothers arrive, and agree that they'll both stay. Active and stylish, Grandma Nan demands a neat room and strictly nutritious meals. Laid-back and cozy Grandma Sal would rather watch the ball game with her feet up, or offer Gummy Bearsstet caps before lunch. Pip is uncomfortable with the opposing forces. ``I want to do things OUR way, like everyday when Mom and Dad are home,'' he asserts. Chastened, Grandma Nan and Grandma Sal agree on this sensible course. McCully has once again focused her wry humor on a situation of genuine concern to children: the security of family routines. She illustrates this charmer with warmly humorous watercolors, with all the droll details for which she is known. Ages 4-8. (September)