Monday, October 1, 2012

Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble

Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble
By Tracey Corderoy; illustrated by Joe Berger
Nosy Crow, 2012. Unpaged. Picture book.

The grandmother in this story is not your standard grandma--she is witchy and magical! But her granddaughter sometimes feels a bit embarrassed by her granny's odd ways and asks her to try being "normal-ish." Sweet Granny agrees to the plan and acts the part of a stereotypical grandma--staid clothes, sedate bun, calm knitting session, and a surprising lack of magical happenings. Luckily, her granddaughter comes to her senses quite quickly and urges her granny just to be herself because that's what makes her special. Granny is all too eager to comply and whisks back to her splendid, witch-like self, and the granddaughter is happy to know that being different is part of what makes a person who they are.

This is a lovely story with darling, penned illustrations that are a mix between the styles of illustrators Quentin Blake and Hilary Knight. They lend a happy, effervescent charm to the book and are the perfect accompaniment to the story. This story can also be a fun picture book option for Halloween!

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