Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Whizz! Pop! Granny, Stop!

Whizz! Pop! Granny, Stop!

Tracey Corderoy
Illustrator:  Joe Berger 
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Candlewick Press, 2013   ISBN: 978-0763665517

There are all kinds of grannies in the world. Some are very elegant and they like to take you out to tea, while others are easygoing and casual and are happy playing in the park with you. The little girl in this book has a much loved granny who is rather peculiar and there are times when the little girl wishes that she was more normal.

  The little girl’s granny likes to be helpful and when something goes wrong she pulls out her “Helping Kit,” which she then uses to fix the problem. Unfortunately, some of Granny’s fixes don’t work out very well. For example when the little girl had tangles in her hair Granny pulled out her “Helpful Spells” book and her wand and after a “Whizz!” and a “Pop!” the little girl found that her hair was now poufy and pink.

   Once, during the little girl’s ballet lesson, Granny wanted to help her granddaughter become a little more graceful, a little more like a swan. After Granny cast her spell, the little girl had wings instead of arms.

   When the little girl’s birthday comes around she decides that they are going to make her cake the old fashioned way. No Helping Kit. No Whizzes and no Pops.

   In this deliciously funny picture book we meet a little girl whose grandmother is a not-always-successful witch. Children will have a wonderful time seeing how her spells go hopelessly wrong and will appreciate how much the little girl loves her granny in spite of everything.