cover image Grandma Gets Grumpy

Grandma Gets Grumpy

Anna Grossnickle Hines. Clarion Books, $13.95 (30pp) ISBN 978-0-89919-529-2

Hines brings the same flair for recreating the everyday details of children's lives to this book that she showed in Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti, It's Just Me, Emily and other favorites. A girl named Lassen always likes spending the night at Grandma's house, and on this night, there is a special adventure in store, because her four cousins will also be there. At first they have a great time, but when the play gets out of hand, Grandma loses her temper. One of the kids remarks that Grandma sounds just like her mom; Grandma explains that she taught all their parents everything they know about being grumpy. After the children pick up the mess they've made, happiness is restored as everyone sits down for ice cream. In order to pace the action realistically, Hines has drawn out the events, perhaps unnecessarily, but the story will comfort and entertain children. The artist handsomely conveys the flavor and excitement of the gathering of an extended family. Ages 3-6. (April)