July 1, 2013
How to Babysit a Grandpa by Jean Reagan, illustrated by Lee Wildish
How to Babysit a Grandpa
by Jean Reagan,
illustrated by Lee Wildish
Alfred A. Knopf
Babysitting a Grandpa can seem pretty intimidating. What do they eat? What activities are appropriate? How do you keep them safe on a walk? Fortunately, Jean Reagan has pulled together a wealth of tips in this fun how-to. Grandpa care has never been easier.
As an adult, you will assume this is a tongue-in-cheek how-to where the baby sitter is actually the grandpa (duh) and we just want the oh so precious child to think he’s the boss. And if that’s what you want to believe, than the joke is on you.
Sure, there is a certain amount of that but this book has so much more including great grandpa games, because adults really are hard to entertain, what to do when Grandpa falls asleep, because you know it’s going to happen, and how to reassure him that Mom and Dad really are going to come home, because you’ve caught him gazing at the front door. Again. Last but not least, there is an amazing spread on letting Grandpa know just how much the day meant to you.
Lee Wildish’s cartoony illustrations add to the fun but he clearly gets the point of this book. You will laugh, or at least smile and nod, but it is a great story about connecting across the generations.
While Grandpa would probably enjoying reading this book to his grandchildren, this would also be a great way to introduce the idea of having Grandpa babysit to a young child. It is a fairly quiet book so it would be better for lap time reading than a bit story time but it is also touching enough to stand up to repeated readings.