From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2–This modern tall tale, told with a finely tuned bluegrass twang, is a fresh and lively paean to intergenerational love. When Owen's granny learns that he goes wiggly, jiggly,/all-around giggly,/and tip over tumble/for bluegrass music, she packs up her banjo, puts on her thousand-mile shoes, and heads out on foot for a visit. As she overcomes great distances and seemingly insurmountable geographical obstacles through the magic of her melody, the child waits excitedly for her arrival. The heartwarming conclusion brings the two together, dancing in the glow of the sun and to Granny's rendition of Owen's Song (lyrics and music are included). Root's fluid artwork brings warmth, movement, and color to the rhythmic text. The intrepid, sneaker-wearing woman and her young grandson have expressive faces, and the natural landscapes are painted with a mix of realism and whimsy. This is an up-to-date story with family members separated by distance and a dynamic grandmother with vim and vigor. However, the narrative's cadence and traditional structure make the tale feel timeless.–Tamara E. Richman, Somerset County Library System, Bridgewater, NJ
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It's always fun for a small child safe at home to imagine danger in the wide world. Part lullaby and part tall tale, this warm picture book is both cozy and exciting. As he wakes up in the rosy day, Owen hears from the birds that Granny is walking to him with her banjo in its old taped-up case. Although the river is fast and deep, the mountain is tall and steep, and the desert is wide and worrisome, when Granny sings about her grandbaby "who goes wiggly, jiggly / all-around giggly / and tip over tumble / for bluegrass music," she calms the water, gets the mountain to bend down, and sails cross the sand in her long nightgown. The bond between the toddler and Granny climaxes in their final, joyful embrace. The bright, sunny art connects the quiet inside scenes with the wild outdoor ones, and the rhythmic text is exactly right for the lap-sitting crowd, who will chant and act out the story again and again. Musical notation heads the story. Hazel RochmanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved