How to Babysit a Grandpa

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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When your grandpa rings the doorbell, it's babysitting time!
This is a hilarious and accessible 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 humour, energy, and warmth, this is a great gift for or from a grandparent, and perfect for lap reading when Grandpa comes to visit!

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User Review  - Ruth Ann - Goodreads

This book is funny, adorable, and heart-warming. It is told in the voice of a young child and it addresses the biggest potential fear of left-behind kids . . . yes, parents always come back. I think ... Read full review

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User Review  - Katelynn Shields - Goodreads

These were new books to me- I've never heard of them before I saw them at the library. It was a cute book, but more of a fun read rather than something with purpose. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

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

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