Don't Call Me Grandma

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Carolrhoda Books (R)
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9.3 X 11.1 X 0.4 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson is the author of The Book Itch, as well as three Coretta Scott King Award-winning books: No Crystal Stair, Bad News for Outlaws, and Almost to Freedom. She is a former youth services librarian in New Mexico. Visit her online at
Elizabeth Zunon grew up in the Ivory Coast, West Africa, and memories of her childhood can be seen in her artwork. She currently lives in Albany, New York. Find her online at

"Vaunda Nelson spells out neither Nell's past, nor the message of the book, allowing readers the best ending: a conversation about what makes us who we are, and the pleasure of loving difficult people."--NPR Books' Best Books of 2016

-- (12/1/2016 12:00:00 AM)

"It's easy . . . to write books about fun grandmothers. . . . Introducing a sharp-tongued, disagreeable grandmother is more difficult. But Nelson pulls it off. . . . By book's end, perceptive readers will see this 96-year-old as a multilayered woman who has experienced joy and tears."--Booklist

-- (2/1/2016 12:00:00 AM)

"The story's perspective is from the child, who finds her great-grandmother 'scary' but also intriguing, outspoken, and glamorous. Zunon's lively, colorful illustrations balance the serious tone of the text with warmth and saturation. . . . An appealing intergenerational story."--School Library Journal

-- (2/1/2016 12:00:00 AM)

"Nelson seems at first to be offering a character study, but it becomes something more when . . . [an] intergenerational exchange prompts a sort of laying on of hands. . . . Zunon's illustrations . . . create a stage for the queenly central character."--The Horn Book Magazine

-- (1/1/2016 12:00:00 AM)

"[A] tender story of an aging dragon of a diva and her great-grandchild. . . . Children will best appreciate this nostalgic journey when accompanied by a doting loved one."--Kirkus Reviews

-- (12/1/2015 12:00:00 AM)

"Nelson (The Book Itch) sensitively conveys the complexity of intergenerational relationships while celebrating a grandmother whose individuality hasn't diminished one iota over the years."--Publishers Weekly

-- (11/23/2015 12:00:00 AM)