It’s Good to Have a Grandpa

Written by Maryann Macdonald
Illustrated by Priscilla Burris
Albert Whitman and Co.

(Ages 3-7)

“It’s good to have a grandpa, because grandpas like to have fun,” begins this picture book, which shows all the ways grandpas and grandchildren find to have fun together. “If you help your grandpa rake up a great big pile of leaves, he won’t mind if you jump in them. He’ll never say, ‘What a mess!’ Not Grandpa! No, he might even give you a ride in his wheelbarrow. He likes to look for skinks and roly-poly bugs, too, and he doesn’t mind if you comb his hair to look like a woodpecker. Grandpas are great to have around! 


These immensely charming books about the attributes of grandmas and grandpas cover a wide range of activities and personality traits. Many children will be able to find some connection with their own grandparents in the pages. Grandmas are patient and funny and don’t mind if you spill things. Grandpas are always up for an adventure and full of jokes and like to watch your new tricks at the playground. Both grandmas and grandpas love to tell you stories about when they were young. Difficult topics are not brought up here, but they do both cover that sometimes grandparents live far away and that it’s a real treat when grandchildren get to see them. Parents are not found in the pages, which positively keeps the focus solely on the grandparent-grandchild relationship. Burris’s illustrations are fairly simple, but they do show many different kinds of families and focus on all of the fun things you can do together. VERDICT These books are full of the warmth and affection that grandparents carry for their grandchildren. Recommended for most picture book collections.

School Library Journal

5 star-average on Amazon reviews! One example:
I’m a Grandpa of two girls who are now 26 an 28. This book brought back memories of all the great times we shared together. It also brought some tears to my eyes. Boy do I miss those sweet days. I’m giving each of them this book to remind them of what fun we had along the way. And also to show their kids what a fun guy their Great Grandpa was…once upon a time.  

Frank Nicolo