Life with Nana is perfect: she always has time to bake fresh chocolate chip cookies, tell wonderful bedtime stories, and knit cozy mittens and socks and turtleneck sweaters. Perfect, that is, until she meets Bob. All of a sudden, Nana’s too busy for baking and storytelling and knitting. She’s spending her time talking on the phone, giggling, taking long bubble baths, singing love songs, and putting on makeup! What can one aggrieved little boy do to get back Nana – just the way she was?
Complemented by the playful, quirky, chalk-pastel art of Georgia Graham, Nana’s Getting Married will ring a familiar bell with every child who has had to share the attention of a beloved adult. What’s more, it demonstrates hilariously that love has nothing to do with age.
I, for one, do not approve, says the opinionated narrator of Hartt-Sussman s debut about his grandmother s new beau, Bob. First pictured snuggling with the boy and a book in comfy clothes and fuzzy slippers, Nana has undergone quite a transformation. Instead of staying at home to bake her grandson cookies and knit him sweaters, she now dons makeup, fancy dresses, and stilettos for frequent dates with Bob ( 'Gross, I say ). Determined to scare away her suitor, the boy pretends he s a ghost, whines, sulks, and tells Bob about Nana s ailments. He makes a rather abrupt about-face during a heart-to-heart with Nana, when she announces that she and Bob are getting married and that her fianc is building him a tree house and wants him to visit. Graham s (The Lime Green Secret) brassy chalk-pastel illustrations feature caricatures with comedic particulars: the bug-eyed narrator s exaggerated body language, Nana s outlandish outfits, and Bob s outsize horizontal moustache (he also sports a ponytail and earring). Though some may find the delivery overblown, this message about open-mindedness and acceptance hits its mark. Ages 4 7.