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May 20 2013

Whizz pop Granny stop! by Tracy Corderoy

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Ill. by Joe Berger. Nosy Crow, 2013. ISBN 9780 85763 130 5.
(Age: 4+) Warmly recommended. Picture book. Grandparents. Witches. In easily red rhyming verses, the story of Granny unfolds. She is unlike all other Grannies and although does some wonderful things for the girl, she sometimes just does too much, putting her granddaughter in precarious positions. At ballet school the girls are all doing quite well, doing the graceful movements of a swan until Granny gives her granddaughter some wings with which to fly higher than the others. So when the girls are all invited to the child's birthday party, the reader is agog as to what the woman will present.
With wonderfully bright and cheerful illustrations, all who are reading this story will look closely at the pictures, finding all the things usually associated with witches and witchcraft, laughing at all the things hidden on each page, and feeling pity for the young girl who must put up with Grannie's attempts to help her.
The other book about this magical Granny, Hubble bubble, Granny trouble is also just plain good fun, putting spells and frogs on each page.
Fran Knight

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