BANJO GRANNY by Sarah Martin Busse


Age Range: 4 - 8
Email this review


When Owen’s distant Granny hears that he’s a baby who goes “wiggly, jiggly, all-around giggly, and tip over tumble for bluegrass music,” she just has to pack up her banjo and go dance with him. This is the tale of her journey, which is just as much fun as the music. At each obstacle she encounters, her banjo playing magically transforms the landscape and allows her to continue on her way to Owen’s home in the city. Among other things, she tames a wild river into a quiet creek that she can row across. As Granny gets closer, readers see Owen getting ready for her (the birds update him on Granny’s progress). It is easy to see the influence of Mary Poppins in Root’s earth-toned illustrations, which perfectly capture the feisty bluegrass grandma and her rustic woodsy cabin. Includes music, chords and lyrics to “Owen’s Song” and a short note on the beginnings of bluegrass. While less imaginative kids will be left wondering why Granny didn’t hop a plane or drive her car, most will find her modes of transportation delightful and inspirational. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Nov. 13th, 2006
ISBN: 0-618-33603-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2006


ChildrenBIM, BAM, BOP… AND OONA by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
ChildrenCHEF ROY CHOI AND THE STREET FOOD REMIX by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
ChildrenFARMER WILL ALLEN AND THE GROWING TABLE by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
by Jacqueline Briggs Martin


ChildrenDREAM BIG by Deloris Jordan
by Deloris Jordan
ChildrenPASSING THE MUSIC DOWN by Sarah Sullivan
by Sarah Sullivan