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Funny, You Don't Look Like a Grandmother Hardcover – January 13, 1988


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (January 13, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517571579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517571576
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

Smart, warm, telling, and funny, Funny, Your Don't Look Like a Grandmother is the perfect bouquet for today's grandmother, that active and interesting woman who is old enough to be somebody's grandmother and young enough to run around the world.

Lois Wyse's new book, charmingly illustrated by Lilla Rogers, is a collection of wit and wisdom for today's Nana, Grandma, Goo-Goo, or Gran.

How can you recognize today's grandmother?

Easy, says Wyse.

The grandmother is the one who goes out more and complains less than her daughter. In the spirit of Erma Bombeck and Bill Cosby, Lois Wyse tells loving and amusing stories that illustrate the joys of contemporary grandmothering.

According to Lois Wyse, "A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the terrible things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do."

Contemporary grandmothers and their children and grandchildren will see themselves in these reflections of family life that include everything from how it feels to become a grandmother to gentle advice on parenting and career grandmothers.

Funny, You Don't Look Like a Grandmother is the first nontraditional book about grandmothers who may not look like grandmothers -- but who love as deeply as the generations of grannies who preceded them.

About the Author

Lois Wyse, a successful advertising entrepreneur, is the author of more than 40 books, including Love Poems for the Very Married and Company Manners. She has eight grandchildren.

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Customer Reviews

This book is a fun gift to give to a new grandma.
Maggie
I flipped through it & found so many funny & inspiring stories that i had to read it as well.
Nancy Rice
A very quick reading book , but by far one of the funniest I read.
V. Joy Mullins

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Rice on December 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a gift for my Mother-in-law & she loves it! I have often told her she doesnt look like a Grandmother & thought this would be a cute book.I flipped through it & found so many funny & inspiring stories that i had to read it as well. And i am not a Grandmother!This book is for anyone who will enjoy touching stories that you'll remember & if you would like a laugh.
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53 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Today's grandmother is hardly old enough to be a grandmother. We envision grandmothers as those who bake apple pie, spend the day ironing, and are at least 55. These days it is hardly unusual to be a grandmother before you are forty.

The contemporary grandmother may in fact drive a red convertible, be so young she doesn't want to hear the word grandmother and may feel as though she perhaps isn't ready to be a grandmother.

Lois Wyse offers humorous stories to explain the happy days of being a grandmother in this day and age. This is the perfect gift for a contemporary grandmother as it is filled with a heartwarming collection of wit and wisdom the whole family will enjoy reading.

Reflections on "What we name our grandmother,"."The secret no grandmother ever tells," "On the road with grams," and many more stories illustrate the joy of being a modern grandmother. Microwave Apple Pie anyone?

~The Rebecca Review
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74 of 89 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
THE AUTHOR HAS COMPLIED STORIES AND POIGNANT THOUGHTS INTO WAYS THAT WILL MAKE YOU SMILE AND TEAR UP AT THE SWEETNESS OF IT ALL. I THINK EVERYONE WILL SEE THEMSELVES OR SOMEONE THEY LOVE OR LOVED IN HERE. SHE TOUCHES ON THE CHANGING ROLES OF TODAYS GRANDMOTHERS AND THE GRANDMAS OF THE PAST THAT SHAPED OUR LIVES AND MADE US LOVE THEM SO MUCH. IF YOU KNOW A NEW GRANDMOTHER, SEND HER THIS BOOK. SHE WILL LOVE IT. IF YOU ARE A GRANDMOTHER AND YOU NEVER HEARD OF THIS BOOK BEFORE, DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND BUY IT. THIS BOOK IS A LITTLE TREASURE TO ALL WHO RECEIVE IT. BY THE WAY, I HAPPENED ON THIS BOOK AFTER MY MOTHER PASSED AWAY. SHE HAD PICKED IT UP FOR ME YEARS AGO AND FORGOT DUE TO DISTANCE AND FAILING MEMORY TO SEND IT ALONG. I FOUND IT AMONGST HER HUNDREDS OF BOOKS WITH MY NAME ON IT. A TREASURE FROM THE PAST WITH HER HANDWRITING INSIDE. YOU SEE, I BECAME A GRANDMOTHER AT 40. OH, THE SWEETNESS OF IT ALL....
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By V. Joy Mullins on February 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A very quick reading book , but by far one of the funniest I read. It's a book for all grandmothers everywhere and when the grandmothers are finished pass on to your daughters who will also enjoy the read. It hit home in so many ways, with truths that moms and daughters everywhere share as they grow up together. Just an enjoyable hour well spent reading why I love being a grandmother (well really a grandjoy)

I knew before I read this book what my role as a grandmother was but this little book proved it.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Helen on January 5, 2013
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When I purchased this book, I was expecting a funny, lighthearted book that I could give my mother. I read this before I gave it to her, and I'm glad I did because I decided not to give it to her. To me, it seemed like it was written for the grandmother who doesn't really want to be one. It felt like the author was trying to make it sound funny to not want to be a grandma. It was almost offensive to the grandmother, implying she is superficial, and too busy to be bothered with grandchildren. Personally, my mother does not follow the "grandma" image, by not being a very good cook, can't sew or knit, but she loves being a grandma more than anything. The cover picture of the microwave apple pie was funny, and made me think the book would be similar to that. This would be a great book for a young grandma, maybe one who wasn't exactly expecting it, and doesn't really have mothering instincts. Which is ok, that's not a judgement, it just wasn't the book I was expecting to give to my mother
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Miyoko on November 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I got this as a gift for my mom, since she's a new grandma and it's VERY cute. I think it makes a great gift for mom's who are shocked that suddently they're GRANDmoms.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zelda on December 31, 2010
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This book should be handed out to every woman upon learning she is to be a grandmother! So many questions were answered and could have saved me so many difficult moments and lots of money spent on things our children would never use for their new prodigy. It was told in a humorous fashion that was heartwarming and after living so many of the situations for the past 2 1/2 years I could totatlly relate. I will tell all my friends about it and probably make it a gift for any of them becoming new grandmas. If there is a new baby in your child's future BUY THIS BOOK! and sit back for a fun read. Buy this book for your Mom when you tell her you are pregnant, it should make your life easier unless she's just a control freak.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Brock VINE VOICE on January 14, 2005
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Purchased this for the wife of a business associate who was becoming a grandmother for the first. She loved it!
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