I Love My Glam-Ma!
Samantha Berger, illus. by Sujean Rim. Orchard, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-338-15183-1
“Everyone knows grandmothers go by many names,” begins Berger. “But MAYBE they should really be called ‘Glam-MA.’ Because Grandmas are some of the most glamorous people you’re ever gonna meet.” What follows is a most joyful celebration of bubbes, nanas, grams, omas, and abuelas that reveres the extra flair they bring to just about everything: “Glam-MAS don’t just come over... they make a grand entrance”; “Glam-MAS don’t follow recipes. They follow their instincts... and let you follow yours.” Rim’s drawings echo the simple lines of fashion illustration, incorporating colors, patterns, and textures that add depth and energy to each page. Together, the artwork and narrative fold in a range of grandmothers, most in Western dress (one rolls in a wheelchair, pushed by a skateboarding child; another attends a rock-and-roll show) and offer the special kind of excitement brought on by a visit from a beloved grandparent. A jubilant and loving ode to grandmothers of every stripe. Ages 3–5. [em](Sept.) [/em]
Reviewed on: 09/05/2019