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Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie
By Laurie A. Jacobs

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Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie

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Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie
Written by Laurie A. Jacobs
Illustrated by Anne Jewett
Flashlight Press, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-9799746-8-7
Genre: Children's Picture Book

Reviewed by Anna Dogole - June 3, 2013

When grandma Tillie comes to babysit Sophie and Chloe, she tells their parents that she is just going to sit and knit, after all she's a bit too old to play silly games. However, once mom and dad are gone, Grandma Tillie goes away and in her place appears Tillie Vanilly, a wild, pink haired woman who puts on a one woman show that includes just about everything from juggling to stand up comedy. The girls love the Tillie Vanilly show, but it cannot go on forever. At last Tillie Vanilly must go, but in her place appears Chef Silly Tillie, ready, willing, and able to cook their dinner... and so the night goes on, with one incarnation of Tillie giving way to another until it is time for bed. At last, after a hectic but enjoyable evening of dancing and merry making, plain old Grandma Tillie reappears to read the girls a bedtime story and send them off to sleep with a smile on their faces.

Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie chronicles the adventures of Grandma Tillie over the course of one night's babysitting. Grandma Tillie is just the 'right' person she needs to be, at just the right time. So it is not surprising that Sophie and Chloe enjoy having her babysit. There are no great lessons to learn here, except perhaps that you cannot judge a book by its cover. Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie is just an enjoyable story that will entertain and make young listeners go off to sleep with a smile on their faces as they dream of conga dancing grandmas!

Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie was written by Laurie A. Jacobs, whose words are vividly brought to live via Anne Jewett's illustrations. Although not marketed as a large print book, the text of this book is printed in a dark font that measures out to about a 17-point font, qualifying it for large print status. This is a great read-out-loud book filled with fun illustrations that are as entertaining as the text. It will make a great addition to the personal library of any young child.


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