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How to Babysit a Grandpa [Kindle Edition]

Jean Reagan , Lee Wildish
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A New York Times bestselling picture book about a child spending time with his grandpa. Written in a how-to style, the narrator gives important tips for "babysitting" a grandpa, including what to eat for snack (anything dipped in ketchup, ice cream topped with cookies, cookies topped with ice cream) what to do on a walk (find lizards and dandelion puffs, be on the lookout for puddles and sprinklers), and how to play with a grandpa (build a pirate cave, put on a scary play).

Filled with humor, energy, and warmth, this is a great gift for or from a grandparent, and perfect for lap reading when Grandpa comes to visit!

From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews


The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, May 2012:
"The narrative is particularly effective in converting childish concern into caretaker reassurance ('When your mom and dad leave, pat your grandpa’s hand and say, "Don’t worry. They always come back" ’)...While grandpas will obviously enjoy sharing this story with their little ones (and parents will enjoy purchasing it for a Father’s Day gift for said grandpa), there is enough playfulness here to broaden the appeal to a wider audience."

About the Author

JEAN REAGAN was born in Alabama but spent most of her childhood in Japan. She now lives in Salt Lake City with her husband. In the summers, they serve as backcountry volunteers in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. To learn more about Jean and her work, please visit

LEE WILDISH has illustrated a number of children's books in various styles, most recently Thomas and the Dragon Queen by Shutta Crum and Twosomes by Marilyn Singer, both on the Knopf list. To learn more about Lee and his work, please visit

Product Details

  • File Size: 1724 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (April 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007OLYQK8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,121 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute book that grandparents will adore. September 4, 2012
Babysitting a grandpa can be a lot of fun .... if you have the right instruction manual. This is the book that will explain everything a kid needs to know from arrival time all the way to saying goodbye at the end of the visit. It might not be a bad read for grandparents as well.

When Grandpa arrives, it is of the utmost importance to hide as quietly as possible, leaping out and giggling only when he has given up that you are home. Offer him an array of snacks, including anything dipped in ketchup. Definitely go outside to show him around the neighborhood, making sure to show him all the best puddles. Back inside, pretending is very important: build a pirate cave, leap from chair to chair over shark infested waters, or create a two man band.

Soon it is naptime. This means Grandpa will take a much needed snooze and you may use that time to do whatever you like. Throw together a hasty clean up right before your parents get home and then snuggle up together in the big chair. Goodbye is the hardest part of the day, but it is made a bit easier knowing that Grandpa will be back - he needs a lot of babysitting.

Really cute idea for a book, with completely adorable illustrations. I like how the grandpa is a bit stooped over, with a comb-over and a reddened nose. He's good natured too, going along with all of his grandson's nutty ideas. A pair of lizards create their own little show on the bottom of a few pages - drawing photos, being silly, and cheering on the cat. In all, a super cute book that kids and grandpas alike will enjoy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This is the cutest little book about a grandchild "babysitting" his grandfather for the day! My child thinks this book is the funniest book. We read it over and over again!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review has been Posted at Gaga's Corner April 13, 2012
**Update - Lilly (my granddaughter) enjoyed the review copy of this book so much that she received her very own copy of the book from the Easter bunny this year**

How to Babysit a Grandpa by Jean Regan
Release date - April 10, 2012
*A review copy of this book was viewed from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

The book is colorful and well written. The story is easy to understand and perfect for when grandpa comes to visit/babysit. It teaches the child through fun instructions how to take care of their grandpa, including what to feed them and how to play with them. This story is perfect for children between the ages of 2 and 5 at a minimum.

This book is fabulous. Lilly and I read it last night and she asked me to read it again to her 3 different times. She really enjoyed this one, especially since she has a special relationship with her papa. This is a book we will definitely be adding to Lilly's book collection.

Lilly and I give How to Babysit a Grandpa 4½ Stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS BOOK! January 30, 2013
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this is one of my favorite children's books! i got it for my dad and it is AMAZING! so cute and funny. the illustrations are wonderful and the writing made me laugh out loud. i made my whole family read the book after my son gave it to my dad :) an instant favorite for me!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased June 15, 2013
This is such a clever twist on babysitting. We gifted this book to grand dad but then we also got a copy for ourselves because it is such a cute story. I'm confident that this one will be in the bedtime story rotation for years to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Giggle, sniff oh my! June 14, 2013
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I bought this book after watching the entire kindergarten program listen to this book during Grand Parent's Day. The children were actively involved in the story and giggling as they related to the story line and the illustrations are hysterical. Then again, it brought tears of sentimentality to this grandma's eyes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny/ Not funny April 26, 2014
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I thought this book was very funny. My grandsons, four and six, did not -- at least not very much. Maybe it would have been funnier to them one or two years ago.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandpa book! July 6, 2013
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Well my grand-kids gave it to Pop-Pop for Fathers Day!-He got such a kick out of it! The book & drawings & stories are adorable!!
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