Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Review of How Old Is Grandma? by Antoinette Simmonds


Welcome to the book blast tour for How Old Is Grandma? by Antoinette Simmonds. How many times have you heard that question from young children? I'm sharing my thoughts on this book and you can follow the tour for even more. Remember to let the author know your thoughts and questions. And best of luck entering the giveaway!

A humorous family mystery about a Grandma's big secret! Kendall and Kayson love going to visit their grandparents and their Grandma's birthday means CAKE, but how many candles to put on it? As the story unfolds, and misunderstandings abound, inquisitive Kendall is surprised to find out more than he bargained for. “How Old is Grandma?” joyfully illustrates the interactions amongst a loving African American family; children, parents, and grandparents and the learning experiences they share. Warm story-telling with a humor and charm that illustrates an understanding of the funniness and peace of mind that is so commonly found in children. The first in a series of books written for children ages 4 and up.

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**My thoughts**
Having worked with children in this age group for so many years, I am no stranger to the persistent questions of age and those common misconceptions of how old adults really are. It's amusing to hear their thoughts. And young Kendall in this book is no different.

He is determined to find out just how old his grandmother actually is. But along the way, he gets distracted by having fun with his young grandmother. I got a kick out of reading through their interactions, because my grandmother were a lot older. So I had a different experience with mine growing up. We always had a lot of fun, but definitely did not play soccer together!

And the end of the book touches on how grandmothers are all different, which I appreciated for those kids who are inevitably going to compare their grandmothers to the one in this book.

The illustrations are what really made this book for me. The characters felt familiar, like I was a part of their family. You could also really feel the affection and love between all of them. I appreciate the care that went into crafting each one of these pictures, that tell more of the story than the words do.

It looks like this is the beginning of a new series of picture books. I will keep my eyes open for more installments.

Thank you to the author and Goddess Fish for providing me with a requested review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Antoinette Simmonds has more than 25 years’ experience as a teacher. She is an Adjunct Professor at two community colleges and has worked in the past as a teacher of software and a high school business teacher. She holds a BA in Business Education and a master’s degree in Instructional Technology.

As an African American woman, mother of 3, and grandmother of 3, over the years she has found fun, joy and shared experiences sharing books with children. Now as a grandmother and an emerging voice in writing, her goal is to produce a memorable series of humorous family-oriented stories featuring people of color to share, “Teaching is my passion and I am thankful that I am sharing my joy and passing it forward.”





Antoinette Simmonds will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. Thank you for inviting us

    Are you ready for grandparent's day? As grandparent's day is quickly approaching, I remember my grandmother's spaghetti dinners. Everyone would gather at the house to relax and have fun. Let's treasure these memories.

    We hope you enjoy the book and thank you for sharing.

    Antoinette Simmonds
    Author, "How Old Is Grandma?"

  2. Thanks so much for hosting us, Andi's Kids Books!

    We'd love to hear if any of you have a fun memory with your grandparents that you'd like to share. Any funny misunderstandings?

    We hope you enjoy the book and learning about Antoinette's family experiences as well!

    Ian Dale (@iandaleart)
    Illustrator of "How Old is Grandma?"

  3. A lovely review Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the book, it sounds like an excellent story to share with my grandchildren