Laurie A, Jacobs
Ages: 5 and up
Inside Jacket: Sophie and Chloe are lucky that their Grandma Tillie knows how to be royally silly. To their delight, whenever Grandma Tillie babysits she seems to disappear, only to be replaced by a parade of lovable characters.
Grandma Tillie is an old-fashioned grandmother. She does not dress or act younger than her years, but rather likes to quietly sit and knit. While grandma knits, Sophie and Chloe go off to watch their favorite show. Then they have a simple dinner, a nice bubbly bath, and head off to bed. Grandma Tillie puts down her knitting long enough to read the girls a bedtime story. For all it has been a fun-filled, silly evening of grandchildren sitting.
Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie is a hilarious book for little girls and grandmothers of little girls. Grandma Tillie knows how to engage her two grandchildren. She uses laughter, silliness, a big bag of imagination, and a heart filled with love. Grandma Tillie, grandchildren sitter, entertains her young girls with silly-frilly joy and love—lots of love, and jokes.
“. . . if food comes from farms, who grows turkey sandwiches?” (answer at bottom)
The illustrations take advantage of the wonderful text while drawing out these characters in pencil. Ms Jewett expertly used her computer and the pencil drawings to simulate a traditional painting technique called gouache (using the colored pencils, salt, and a white pigment to lighten the tone, adding opacity and a matte finish). When Grandma Tillie is not around, and the girls watch The Tillie Vanilly Show, the star’s exuberance and pink hair flow endlessly. It is a shame Grandma Tillie would rather knit in a quiet room.
Girls will love Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie. The numerous opportunities to exaggerate the characters and touch the tickle-bone of those listening make this a great read aloud story. Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie is not one of those books only a grandmother could love. This is a book anyone reading it will love. I appreciated the tenderness written and drawn into the story. Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie will happily be read over and over, again and again!
Awarded the 2012 Gelett Burgess Award, Multi-generational
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Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie
Author: Laurie A, Jacobs website blog Illustrator: Anne Jewett website blog Publisher: Flashlight Press website Release Date:January 19, 2012 ISBN: 978-0-9799746-8-7 Number of Pages: 32 Ages: 5 and up
Answer to Grandma Tillie’s joke: the farmer in the deli.
Copyright ©2012 by Flashlight Press
Text: Copyright ©2012 by Laurie A. Jacobs
Illustrations: Copyright ©2012 by Anne Jewett, used with permission.