From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1–Grandma sends a letter to her grandchild announcing that she is coming for a visit. Each spread then shows how the woman plans to reach her destination. I'll put on my boots and walk a long way to see you; I'll pedal my bicycle and zip over the hills to see you. The refrain, Here comes Grandma! appears throughout. The spunky woman and her faithful dog are depicted traveling by horse, car, train, skis, hot-air balloon, and plane, each mode seeming more adventurous than the last. When Grandma finally arrives, she delivers a great big hug to the delighted child. The simple, rhythmic text suits the mood of the story, and the vivid gouache illustrations have a warm, folklike quality. While not an essential purchase, this charming book is suitable for storytimes and larger collections.–DeAnn Tabuchi, San Anselmo Public Library, CA
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PreS-K. In this petite picture book by sisters Lord and Paschkis, a loving adult reassures a child that nothing will keep them apart, will likewise remind many of Brown's Runaway Bunny. Declarative lines ("Here comes grandma! I'm coming to see you") and vibrant, folk art-style paintings communicate the festive joy of a visit from a grandparent, portraying successive legs of a complicated journey undertaken by a determined grandmother. Paschkis' art, which can also be found in Bottle Houses: The Creative World of Grandma Prisbrey
(2004), works equally well here, fusing contemporary and traditional perceptions of grandmothers through Eastern European motifs (such as grandma's babushka) that whimsically play against her anything-but-geriatric modes of transport. A lighthearted tale of particular relevance to today's families, in which baby-boomer grandparents complete triathalons as often as they doze in rocking chairs. Jennifer MattsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved