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Thursday 2 August 2012

Review: Grandma Bendy

If you think this is yet another lovely and fuzzy book about Grandmas with lots of warm moments (like an episode of Full House) ... think again!

Have you ever asked your Grandma what she used to be before she was your Grandma? What would you say if your Grandma told you she used to be a brilliant burglar? Well it could happen, as that is exactly what Grandma Bendy used to be.

Grandma Bendy is not like any other Grandmas. In the olden days, Grandma Bendy was very, very bad and lived a life of crime. She could bend and twizzle her way in and out of houses, squeezing through the tiniest of spaces.

But Grandma Bendy changes her ways (after a long stint in prison) and she decides to use her bendy skills for good. Just how does she go from playing the villain to hero though? What could possibly happen for her to change her ways?

A rather different angle for kids but still teaching wrong from right, just not in the traditional way ... and I quite like that. I hate the word quirky but that is exactly what this book is. It's is a lot of fun and I like the idea of kids seeing that a Grandma could be something other than just a Grandma!

The words knit together and the bold pictures are wonderfully enchanting. This is actually the author's first book so I will definitely look forward to seeing what she comes up with next.

This book is a whole bunch of fun. Take this one on your next trip to your Grandparents house and find out what they used to do and who the used to be before you were born.

Title: Grandma Bendy
Author: Izy Penguin
Publisher: Maverick Books, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date: May 2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781848860773
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book