A child narrates the stereotypical view of grandparents as boring old people opposite a very different visual portrayal.
Though they may look over the hill, with “wrinkly faces, a little bit of hair, and funny teeth,” this set of grandparents is anything but. They are far from “not much fun,” “slow,” “clumsy,” and “not bendy”; rather, with their grandchild, they go on daring roller-coaster rides, enjoy the roller rink, do yoga, play in a lively jazz band, dance, and take part in nighttime stargazing. Instead of being set in their ways, they embrace technology. While the child’s words state the negative, unflattering assumptions about their elderly status, the comical cartoon illustrations reflect quite the reverse. After the child states, “Someone told me grandparents are SCARED of new things,” readers see the threesome on the couch, each enjoying their own screen time. An energetic boogying scene follows a declaration that grandparents don’t dance, and the couple’s loving smooch squashes the statement, “they definitely don’t care for ROMANCE.” A lanky, jovial grandpa parallels his plump, equally happy wife, demonstrating life in hip and creative ways. Both grandparents and grandchild are white. The endpapers tell a nostalgic story of today’s boomers with a pen-and-ink sketch of a cluttered garage filled with travel and sporting mementos.
Contemporary grandparents may enjoy this positive read even more than the children they read it to. (Picture book. 5-8)