Posts Tagged ‘Grandmothers’

The Grinny Granny Donkey by Craig Smith, illus. by Katz Cowley. Pub. Scholastic, 2020.

December 4, 2020 Comments off

Grinny Granny is the son of Wonky, the donkey with the artificial leg that has taken the World by storm.

Granny has false teeth and they keep falling out, she also plays the banjo and loves to dunk her biscuits in he favourite brew. When she meets her grandson she is over the moon. Lovely.

Craig Smith has again written a song that you can download and his lyrics build on the things granny does, like clinky and clunky so that the song gets longer as it goes on. It is delightful like the other two books in this series.

Katz Cowley’s illustrations capture the eccentric granny beautifully and her love for her grandson and son Wonky is all over her face.

A great sing-a-long and gift for Xmas.

Nanny Mihi and the Rainbow by Melanie Drewery Illus. Tracy Duncan

November 13, 2019 Comments off

nanny mihiNanny Mihi and the Rainbow by Melanie Drewery Illus. Tracy Duncan. Pub. Oratia, 2019.

A reprint of this best selling picture book with all-new illustrations and printing.

Nanny Mihi has a whare (house) on the coast and every year her moko ma (grand children) visit her on their holidays. Nanny Mihi has them gathering different coloured shells, berries, flowers and other natural items and aligning them on the beach.

Each colour which reflects the colours of the rainbow is in Maori and English with a different colour collected on a different day of the weak. The days of the weak are also in Maori and English.

When a storm erodes their beach display Nanny Mihi tells the children that the Atua (gods) will repay in another way and after the storm sure enough a rainbow appears across the bay.

Lovely story and impressive illustrations that reflect the natural world and of course those expressive brown eyes of Nanny Mihi and the children.

Nanny Mihi and the Bellbird by Melanie Drury, illus. Tracy Duncan.

November 21, 2018 Comments off

mihi bellbirdNanny Mihi and the Bellbird by Melanie Drury, illus. Tracy Duncan. Pub. Oratia books, 2018.

A beautifully illustrated picture book about the love for the New Zealand bush and it’s native bird life.

Nanny Mihi has a whare in the bush. Her grandchildren visit during the school holidays. She teaches them to whistle a tune that the bellbird can learn and whistle back. It does. One holiday the bellbird does not show up. I wonder what is wrong? Read the book and find out.

Beautiful illustrations of the bush, the birds and of Nanny Mihi and her lovely restful face.

Gangsta Granny by David Walliams

November 10, 2011 Comments off

Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. Illus. Tony Ross. Pub. HarperCollins, 2011.

I love David Walliams books and so do lots of other kids at primary and intermediate level. His stories are always wacky, bizaare,  hugely funny but have a strong element of common sense and humanity about them.

Gangsta Granny is the latest and just as off the wall as The Boy in the dress and Billionnaire Boy that are reviewed elsewhere in this blog.

Ben’s parents are obsessed watching Strictly Stars Dancing on the tele but Ben can’t stand it! (I understand how he feels). When they watch it they send Ben to stay with his Granny who is very old, smells of cabbage and is boring.

Ben would rather eat bogeys than go and visit her. When he tells his parents this Granny overhears and is hurt. When Ben finds a tin of jewellery when hunting for chocolate biscuits Granny tells him an amazing story about her early life as a Jewel thief.

Ben is hooked and plots to steal the Crown Jewels the only task that Granny has not done.

Brilliantly funny with a superb ending. Great for relationships between old and young.