I just couldn’t resist this book when I spotted it on NG! I mean, that cover is just so sweet and I wanted to know the story behind it.
In this book we meet Jillian who has recently gotten a new and nice stepdad, but you know what comes with that as well? A grandmother! She calls herself Bubbe and she is more than eager to make friends with Jillian. Jillian however isn’t in the mood, and I could also understand. It must have been strange already to have a new father, but to also get a grandmother, especially when one has two fantastic grandmothers!
I had a laugh at her plan, yes, it was mean, but again I could understand from where she was coming from. I am glad though that it didn’t deter Bubbe and that Jillian’s mom even had a chat with Jillian. I was already wondering if that would happen or if this one would just magically leave such important chats out as do some children’s books about this theme.
I am so happy with the ending and I was surprised to even see a great-grandmother there! That is so amazing, I wish I could have met my great-grandmother! I just loved Jillian’s idea and I was so proud that she dared to take that step. That she went for it! Plus, there is a fun surprise in the last picture that just made me smile!
The art was really fun, I love the style and the colours. It fits really well with this story and I definitely have to see if I can find more art by this illustrator!
Extra points to the recipes at the end! That really completed the book for me! Plus, I love the extra resources, and oh yes, that final picture was just the cutest. Congrats!!!
All in all, a very sweet book about family and that you aren’t replacing people, you are just adding them to your family. There is always room for more family! Recommended!