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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, UT, with her husband. To learn more about Jean and her work, please visit jeanreagan.com and jeanreaganbooks.com.

LEE WILDISH has illustrated a number of children’s books, including Twosomes by Marilyn Singer. To learn more about Lee and his work, visit wildishillustration.com.

Together, Jean and Lee are the creators of the New York Times bestselling HOW TO... series, including How to Babysit a Grandpa, How to Babysit a Grandma, and How to Surprise a Dad.  
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 480L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375867139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375867132
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (259 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By FIRR-Kids! on September 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 By pleased mom on May 18, 2012
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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Heather Brewer on April 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
**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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Morton on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mommy of 2 (BOYS!) on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Murff on June 15, 2013
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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 By Kimberly Anema on June 19, 2013
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I purchased this book for my dad as a Father's Day gift. He frequently babysits my son, so this was the perfect story to explain their relationship. The book had very sweet pictures and the story is adorable as well. I would recommend this for any fun-loving grandpa that loves to hang out with their grandchildren!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Picky Person on 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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