What Grandmas can't do

Douglas Wood, 1951-

Book - 2005

Lists all of the things a grandmother cannot do, such as baking your favorite cookies by herself, or opening her purse without finding gum or candy.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 2005.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill. ; 21 x 26 cm
ISBN
0689846479
9780689846472
Main Author
Douglas Wood, 1951- (-)
Other Authors
Doug Cushman (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In an intergenerational tribute to matriarchs, What Grandmas Can't Do by Douglas Wood, illus. by Doug Cushman, joyfully enumerates all of the activities that require the help of a grandchild: baking "your favorite cookies," for instance, or telling stories (Grandmas "need a really good listener"). The first two books in this popular series are now available in mini-editions: What Moms Can't Do and What Dads Can't Do. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-K-Another book in a reassuring series that includes What Moms Can't Do (2001) and What Dads Can't Do (2000, both S & S). As in previous titles, a young dinosaur comments on the personality traits of a particular adult: "There are lots of things regular people can do but grandmas can't....Grandmas can't let you go to bed without reading you a story-or six. And getting a kiss." The pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are filled with humorous details and reinforce the warm relationship between grandparent and child. Although she doesn't have the can-do spirit of Kate Lum's protagonist in What! Cried Granny (Dial, 1999), Wood's grandmother is still part of a modern child's world: "Grandmas may not know how to use computers, or video games, or the newest whatchamacallit. But they're ready to learn." The text and outcome of this story are as predictable and comforting as bedtime routines in the well-ordered life of a well-loved child.-Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Lists all of the things a grandmother cannot do, such as baking your favorite cookies by herself, or opening her purse without finding gum or candy.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

There are lots of things regular people can do, but grandmas can't. Grandmas can't bake your favorite cookies by themselves. And sometimes they can't laugh without tears coming out of their eyes. Grandmas can't let you go to bed without reading you a story -- or six. But of all the many things grandmas can't do, there's one thing that they can't do best of all; they can't possibly love you more than they already do!