- TITLE: How to Babysit A Grandpa
- WRITTEN BY: Jean Reagan
- ILLUSTRATED BY: Lee Wildish
- PAGES: 22
- ISBN: 9780375867132
- Available on Amazon, here.
I thought the cover of this book looked so hilarious I just couldn’t help but want to read it. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but don’t we all? I love how playful it looks not only with the imagery but the fact that it’s a bright yellow-orange. Also, it’s a sizeable book which I like because it gives both Addison and I lots to look at and point out as we read through. The end pages (which by the way is a new phrase for me – those are the pages on the inside cover) are adorable and wacky. I couldn’t wait for us to jump in.
Super Speedy Summary
This book is essentially a quick guide / story about how a little boy “babysits” his grandpa. There are lots of fun tips about things to do with grandpa from when he arrives, to when he leaves. Tips include how to stay quiet, food to eat with grandpa, how to entertain him, how to wake him up and ultimately how to say goodbye. The story chronicles a single night of babysitting.
Oh this silly, silly book. It tugs at my heartstrings! I find the fact that the child imagines HIM babysitting his grandfather to be an absurdly adorable concept. The instruction manual-esque feel to the book makes it interesting to read through and ultimately contains many lessons and activity ideas, even for Addison and I in general (my favorite “be as still as a lion statue” in how to stay quiet).
I love the role reversal aspect of it too – I recently read an article about how that’s a great activity to perform, even with children as young as AJ. It gives them confidence and shows them responsibility. When they’re the ones always being taken care of, it makes sense that they act somewhat needy. I am definitely going to try role reversal with Addison soon, a “babysit mommy” day, and I plan to steal some ideas from this book.
I think the main thing we picked up from this book was a respect for and a love of the elderly and the older generation. All too often we see people cast aside the needs of the elderly, especially in American culture. Being in Japan I have seen a completely different perspective. The elderly are among the most respected and admired people in Japanese culture – both for their wisdom and also as a sign of respect for a long life lived. I hope to instill this same love, respect and admiration for older family members into Addison’s heart.
Lastly, I loved this book because it made me think about spending time with one of my grandfathers who unfortunately passed away many years ago. (In fact, yesterday was the anniversary of his passing, it’s been 5 years and I feel like the universe has put this book in our life at the exact time we needed it). If I could go back in time and have a day to be a kid again and to babysit my grandpa, I would take it in a heartbeat. We’d do all the fun things described in this book like taking grandpa on a walk and building a pirate cave.
Role reversal is a healthy way to give your child more confidence and a sense of responsibility. Love & respect your elders, and remember that time is fleeting so live it up with them while they are still blessing us with their existence.
Overall, silliness aside this book rocked on so many levels and was a nice heartwarming story that made me feel like I was getting a great big hug. BONUS: Since the last page shows grandpa leaving and giving his grandson a big hug, it’s the perfect opportunity to snuggle with your little, even if for a moment.
This was a solid story with plenty of intriguing imagery, wholesome lessons, funny moments and was the perfect length for bedtime or quiet time. This book earns 4 1/2 stars.
See you on Thursday for a review of another funny book!
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