One Groovy Grandma
By Tracey Corderoy, Illustrated by Joe Berger
Nosy Crow, $14.99, 32 pages
What if your grandmother was a witch? Imagine all the fun the two of you could have at Halloween! In author Tracey Corderoy’s book Hubble Bubble Granny Trouble, a young girl introduces readers to her unique grandmother. Let’s just say that Granny is very different. She wears black pointy hats and is always surrounded by cats, frogs and bats! Instead of driving a car to school, a broom does the trick. One day the little girl wonders if she should try to make her grandma like other grannies. After a makeover, knitting lessons and a ride on the city bus, the little girl realizes that something about her Gran isn’t quite right. She misses the wacky parts of her grandma. What can she do to make her granny normal (well, un-normal) again?
Award-winning illustrator Joe Berger combines pen, brush-pen and digital images to create wonderfully crazy and whimsical characters for this magical story. Young readers will enjoy studying each page and finding the spooky details that seem to follow Granny wherever she goes (i.e. burping bats, icky slime, invisible cats and bubbling cauldrons).
Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin