April 13, 2016

Grannie, Grandpa, and Me! (Children's book)

Grannie, Grandpa, and Me!, written by Julia A. Royston, and illustrated by Derrick Thomas, is a sweet paperback book targeted to those who are, or were, raised by their grandparents.

The premise of this book is lovely. The sacrifices that many grandparents make by taking on the responsibilities of their grandkids should be commended. When there are parents who can’t or won’t care for their kids, for whatever reason, it’s nice when grandparents step in and provide the love and care the innocent children deserve.

There are a few things in the book that are a little puzzling, such as sentence structure, and capitalizing the first word of each line. I understand that this story is told in rhyme, but it doesn’t flow like most children’s books flow. Random words are also capitalized throughout the story, (princess, museum, twirling, basketball, prom, etc.) for no apparent reason. I also feel flirting, dating, marriage, and taking care of elderly grandparents are too advanced for a children’s book. These are all wonderful things, but way over a little one’s thought process.

With adorable illustrations, and a beautiful message, I feel this book is a little complex for a children’s story. But if a child is particularly forward-thinking, and has an adult explain the premise of each stage of life, I feel it’s a great learning tool—particularly for a child who is raised by someone other than his or her birth parents.

3.5 Stars
Cover: Like it
Title: Like it
Publisher: BK Royston Publishing
ISBN: 978-0692548882
Pages: 48
First Lines: “Where are her parents?” The judge asked that day.

I received a Review Copy from the publisher through BookCrash.

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