How to Babysit a Grandpa (Hardcover)
December 1969 Indie Next List
“What do you enjoy doing with your grandpa? Reagan asked this question to many kids and adults, and the result of her research is this delightful new picture book filled with many helpful hints. Are you wondering what games to play with your grandpa? Build a pirate cave! Need a good snack? Cookies topped with ice cream, and anything dipped in ketchup, of course! Wildish's exuberant illustrations are the perfect complement to Reagan's playful prose. Charming!”
— Megan Kennedy, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA
A New York Times bestselling HOW TO picture book that celebrates the connection between grandpas and grandchildren!
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!
Praise for the HOW TO . . . series:
“A silly take on role reversal.” –Kirkus Reviews (How to Babysit a Grandma)
“Laugh-out-loud funny. . .” –Kirkus Reviews (How to Raise a Mom)
“. . . laugh-out-loud scenes and funny hidden details.” –Kirkus Reviews (How to Babysit a Grandpa)
“Touches of humor in each of the digitally rendered illustrations.” –Kirkus Reviews (How to Surprise a Dad)
The fun doesn't stop! Check out more HOW TO... picture books:
How to babysit a Grandma
How to Catch a Santa
How to Get Your Teacher Ready
How to Raise a Mom
How to Surprise a Dad
About the Author
JEAN REAGAN was born in Alabama but spent most of her childhood in Japan. She now lives in Salt Lake City, UT, with her husband. To learn more about Jean and her work, please visit jeanreagan.com and jeanreaganbooks.com.
LEE WILDISH has illustrated a number of children’s books, including Twosomes by Marilyn Singer. To learn more about Lee and his work, visit wildishillustration.com.
Together, Jean and Lee are the creators of the New York Times bestselling HOW TO... series, including How to Babysit a Grandpa, How to Babysit a Grandma, and How to Surprise a Dad.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, May 2012:
"The narrative is particularly effective in converting childish concern into caretaker reassurance ('When your mom and dad leave, pat your grandpa’s hand and say, "Don’t worry. They always come back" ’)...While grandpas will obviously enjoy sharing this story with their little ones (and parents will enjoy purchasing it for a Father’s Day gift for said grandpa), there is enough playfulness here to broaden the appeal to a wider audience."