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Grandma McGarvey Joins the Scrum by Jenny Hassell, illus. Trevor Pye

August 14, 2019

McGarveyGrandma McGarvey Joins the Scrum by Jenny Hassell, illus. Trevor Pye. Pub. Scholastic, 2019.

You know you’re in New Zealand when you read a picture book like this classic.

Grandma McGarvey has her car break down and she goes looking for help. She muddles into a rugby game, is huddled into a scrum, breaks loose with the ball like Richie MaCaw, chip kicks over the top like Christian Cullen, then dives over for a try like Jonah Lomu in a slide. But will she get help to fix her car?

Unforced rhyming text from Jenny Hessell make this a great read-a-loud for juniors and a good laugh for everybody else. Trevor Pye’s illustrations are so good that grandma McGarvey may be in contention for this weeks test against the Aussies. The body positioning is perfect and the slide for the try outstanding.

Don’t miss this one.

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