Can Poppy learn to share her beloved GeeGee with her new twin baby sisters?
Poppy, an anthropomorphic bunny, is excited both about her new baby sisters and about GeeGee’s two-week visit. Kids at school remember that GeeGee always does crafts with Poppy, but veteran older siblings also warn her that the babies may monopolize GeeGee’s time. When the latter proves true, Poppy’s rabbit nose is decidedly out of joint, and she starts resenting the babies and her grandmother. She acts out, making messes and deciding that GeeGee is the “worst grandma” and the twins are the “worst babies.” Exasperated after one terrific mess, GeeGee sends Poppy to her room, and in a contemplative spread that slows down time by showing Poppy seven times in one scene, she reflects on her actions and comes up with a plan to make things right and not “be the worst big sister.” The about-face she undergoes as she enlists friends to plan a welcome party for the babies and GeeGee might strike some as far-fetched. Also potentially implausible is just how laid-back and open Poppy’s parents are to having a great big party while parenting newborn twins. Despite such quibbles, Bonnet’s emotive, energetic illustrations help create memorable characters, especially in their depiction of rocker, biker GeeGee and through Poppy’s dramatic facial expressions (especially the scowls).
Both baby twins and a grandma-centered storyline add range to the new-baby shelf. (Picture book. 3-6)