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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows some aspects of life in other places, like what animals live there and what the landscape looks like. Subtly promotes a positive view of exploring new places and foreign lands. Introduces a few vocabulary words like "Appaloosa" (a type of horse), "horizon," "lassoed," "avalanche."
Implied message that if you're bored or grumpy, a change of scene can cheer you up. If you're someplace that becomes dangerous, get out of there and go to a different place. Implies that grandparents and grandkids can have a special, extra-fun, adventurous relationship.
Positive Role Models
Grandude is cheerful, adventurous, caring, and wants to help his four grandkids -- two boys and two girls -- have a fun day. The diverse kids are upbeat and up for adventure. They are kind to one another and follow Grandude's instructions.
Violence & Scariness
A boy says, "That crab pinched my toe!" -- we don't see the pinch but we do see a red big toe. A horse rears and the text says "he tumbled to the ground," but we only see him starting to fall out of the saddle, then standing on the ground and being rescued (lassoed) by Grandude. Kids are shown afraid or in peril due to advancing crabs, buffaloes, and an avalanche.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hey Grandude! is a fun, action-packed picture book by musician and songwriter Paul McCartney, known as a member of The Beatles and his other bands since. It's the story of a grandfather ("Grandude"), who takes his four diverse grandchildren (he calls "Chillers") to exotic locales around the world by spinning a magical compass to transport them. There's cartoonish peril -- pinching crabs, charging buffalo, an advancing avalanche -- and one boy gets his toe pinched by a crab, another falls off a horse. It's an upbeat, silly adventure that celebrates the special grandparent-grandchild relationship.
Is It Any Good?
This rollicking fantasy-adventure tale uses a touch of magic to transport four kids and their Grandude to destinations out of their everyday experience. Author Paul McCartney infuses Hey Grandude! with humor, love, lively word choices, and wordplay. When they're threatened by a buffalo stampede, one of the Chillers says, "Hey Grandude, could we go somewhere a little less ..." "Stampy!" Grandude says, finishing the boy's thought. Little kids will love chiming in on the magical phrase that activates the compass each time. They'll also enjoy the repetition of the phrase "Zing, bang, sizzle," that accompanies each scene change.
Artist Kathryn Durst's accessible, cartoon-like illustrations keep up the suspense and momentum as the action-packed story zooms to its peaceful bedtime conclusion.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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