Grandma McGarvey’s Christmas by Jenny Hessell, illus. Trevor Pye, Scholastic NZ
This is the first Christmas book to arrive on my desk – no doubt there will be more coming. Moreover, this is the twelfth book about Grandma McGarvey, and it’s hard to believe a Christmas-themed one wasn’t produced earlier. In her usual intrepid fashion Grandma McGarvey sets up her caravan at the holiday park. She prepares for her Christmas feast – candles, crackers, turkey and plum pudding. She even dresses up in a red dressing gown with a matching cap, and a white woolly scarf. But the pudding explodes (well, almost), the dog races up the tree and gets tangled in the Christmas lights, Grandma climbs up to sort things out, grabs the flying fox for balance – and shoots down into the middle of the camp’s Christmas party. Of course, everyone thinks she’s Santa Claus...Trevor Pye’s cartoon illustrations are big and bright and full of action. My grandsons particularly liked the exploding pudding. The publishers recommend the book for 3 to 7-year-olds.
ISBN 978 1 77543 067 4 RRP $19.50 Pb
Reviewed by Lorraine Orman