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How to babysit a grandpa
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Reagan, Jean, 1965-

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Physical Description:
32 : color illustrations ; 29 cm
A little boy provides instructions for properly babysitting one's grandfather, such as offering him tasty treats and entertaining him with special games.
Reading Level:
AD 480 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.4 0.5 151000.
Awards Note:
2x2 Reading List, 2013.
Lexile Number:
AD 480 Lexile.
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Port Neches - Effie and Wilton Hebert Public Library Kid/Juvenile Fiction Book J FIC REAGAN EC

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A New York Times bestselling picture book--from the creators of the hilarious  HOW TO... series--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!

Author Notes

Jean Reagan is a children's author who was born in Fairhope, Alabama but grew up in Japan. Her books include How to Babysit a Grandma, Always My Brother, How to Catch Santa, and How to Babysit a Grandpa, which received SCBWI's Crystal Kite Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

While his mom and dad are away, it's up to one young boy to supervise his visiting grandfather, and the first course of action is to hide. He employs several techniques to keep from laughing and giving away his location, which are captured in amusing, lightly colored digital artwork, as are recommendations for feeding one's elder deliciously unhealthy snacks (anything dipped in ketchup), taking him on a walk, entertaining him, waking him up from his nap (the best strategy is singing - On Top of Old Smokey' softly, then LOUDER and LOUDER), and getting everything cleaned up before the parental units return. The biggest challenge is saying good-bye but only until the somewhat addled but great sport of a grandpa returns again. The scenarios are familiar yet there aren't many audiences who won't appreciate and relate to these two family members who clearly love each other and enjoy spending time together. So who is really in charge here? Does it matter?--Medlar, Andrew Copyright 2010 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-A boy's tips for babysitting a grandpa include hiding when he arrives; fixing snacks such as "anything dipped in ketchup"; looking for "lizards, cool rocks, and dandelion puffs" on walks; and so on. The endpapers have eight childlike drawings of child-grandparent interactions, and the book opens with a digitally rendered cartoonlike illustration of a spindly legged man sporting tufts of gray hair and carrying a small purple duffel bag. The parents leave, and the boy assures his grandfather, "Don't worry. They always come back," and the fun begins. In preparation for outdoor activities, the child advises bundling grandpa from head to toe in winter and slathering sunscreen on his bald head in summer. For indoor activities, "have him read a looooooooooong book" several times, guaranteed to put him to sleep. Of course, the house becomes quite messy and a hurried cleanup is in order before Mom and Dad return. The humorous illustrations include a snoozing grandpa with a meowing cat atop his head to wake him up. Youngsters will recognize some of the sayings they've heard from their own grandparents and will thoroughly enjoy the tongue-in-cheek role reversal.-Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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