________________ CM . . . . Volume XIV Number 9 . . . .December 21, 2007

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Good Granny / Bad Granny.

Mary McHugh. Illustrated by Patricia Storms.
San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books (Distributed in Canada by Raincoast Books), 2007.
86 pp., hardcover, $11.95.
ISBN 978-0-8118-5592-1.

Subject Headings:
Grandmothers-Humor.
Grandparenting-Humor.

Grades 5 and up / Ages 10 and up.

Review by Dave Jenkinson.

*** /4

   

excerpt:

Good Granny keeps a supply of markers, finger paints, and crayons to encourage her grandchildren to be creative.

Bad Granny keeps Spider-Man comic books around for her grandchildren to read, so they will keep quiet while she watches her soap operas.

Good Granny lets her grandchildren play in a bubble bath every night,

Bad Granny lets them run under the lawn sprinkler instead of making them take a bath.

 

Let there be no mistake. Good Granny / Bad Granny, as McHugh's "Introduction" makes quite clear, is not a book written for children but is, rather, one addressed to grandmothers, likely new ones. However, the book's humourous contents, which consist of a series of 40+ contrasts in grandmothers' behaviours, could be used by teachers as a model for student writing activities. After a teacher shares some of the contrasted behaviours, the children and/or adolescents could be invited to create or be given types of people or animals and then be asked to create their own series of contrasts. What canine owner hasn't said "Good dog/bad dog?"

internal art     Each pair of facing pages contains a single contrast with the words supported by Patricia Storms' lighthearted cartoon illustrations. The above writing activity could then be extended into an art activity.

Recommended with reservations.

Dave Jenkinson, a good (?) grandfather of three, lives in Winnipeg, MB, where he edits CM.

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