How to Babysit a Grandpa
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A New York Times bestselling picture book about a child spending time with his grandpa. Written in a how-to style, the narrator gives important tips for "babysitting" a grandpa, including what to eat for snack (anything dipped in ketchup, ice cream topped with cookies, cookies topped with ice cream) what to do on a walk (find lizards and dandelion puffs, be on the lookout...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published January 1st 2012)
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Lauren
Opening: Raise your hand if you have ever had a baby sitter? Turn and tell your partner who watched you? Have you ever spent time with a grandma or grandpa? Was it a brother or sister? Cousin? Were they older or younger than you? What do you do with your baby sitter?

What would you do if you were baby sitting someone? In this story, How to Babysit Your Grandpa, a little boy gets to babysit his grandpa! At least that is how he sees it. He tells you how you can do the same thing! He gives you tips...more
Van Phan
This is a lovely book and quite entertaining. I read this to my little cousins and they loved it because it has a lot of humor and it holds their attention. How-to books are created for step by step instructions, but this how- to books is about how to take care of your grandpa. The moral of the story is to learn how to take care of those in need; to care for each other. In the book, the boy is caring for his grandpa by helping his grandpa how to eat, how to treat the nature around us, and how to...more
Kay Mcgriff
This is exactly what every kid needs to know before taking on the job of babysitting grandpa. It is chock-filled with advice on how to hide and stay quiet (pretend you're a shark waiting for lunch) to entertaining the big guy (put on a scary play) to saying goodbye (give him a picture you've drawn and lots of hugs and kisses). I can't wait to give this one to my nephew on our birthday celebration during vacation.
Read  Ribbet
Probably a better book for home than school but a whimsical fun book about a boy and his grandpa and what they like to do together. Nice book for inter-generational themes. Written in part as a set of tips which could be a good mentor text for writing similar texts.
Danielle
How to Babysit Grandpa is a historical fiction book. Instead of grandpa babysitting his grandson, the grandson is babysitting his grandpa, or so the grandson thinks. This story told from the grandson's point of view and the things in which he says and do are classical kid behaviors, ones most kids can relate to. Roles of the traditional babysitting situation are flipped so that the child is in charge and the adult follows what the child says. This type of situation may be more common now days th...more
Brindi
This book is awesome! Love the layout and the story line....definitely a fun book for story time.
Megan
I might have to buy this book just so my kids can read it with their grandpas... Adorable.

How to Babysit a Grandpa includes tips such as: Pat his hand when mom and dad leave and telling him not to worry they'll be back soon. Take him for a walk (put sunscreen on the top of his head if it's sunny!), and show him how to catch lizards and splash in puddles. Put him down for a nap by having him read you a loooooong story. Over and over again until he falls asleep. While he's sleeping, draw him a pi...more
Michelle
May 09, 2014 Michelle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: childrens, 2014
This book was so cute! It's written as a how-to guide and the child goes through all of the ways he entertains his grandpa while he is babysitting him. I can just imagine the parents telling their child that grandpa needs a sitter and that the child will be in charge. The things that the child comes up with are cute. The illustrations are cute, the story is whimsical, and the concept behind the story is clever. Be sure to check out the companion book, How to Babysit a Grandma!! Equally sweet. I...more
Stefanie Skrdla
Opening: In "How to Babysit a Grandpa," a young boy offers tips on a variety of situations a person might run onto when babysitting a grandpa. For example, when looking to entertain a grandpa, the best methods he has found include: doing somersaults across the room, putting on a scary play, and showing off your muscles. Would any of these activities entertain your grandpa or another adult you know? What other advice do you think they offer in the book judging by the photos on this inside cover?...more
Art
another cute little refreshing book and about me, a Grandpa.
I liked some of the ideas of how to have fun w/grandchild.
Josiah, my Grandson, could offer some interesting ideas as well as other grandchildren of those who read or watch their grandchildren.
Refreshing.
Read at Barnes and Nobles while going back in time to previous books read as a youngester.
I have pictures of sitting on my Grandfathers lap, "Pap!", however I don't remember him reading much.
He was a very good Jeopardy player.
:0)
Alida
Our almost-local library has a service called "Grab & Go!" The librarians select 10 books and place them in a bag and staple it shut. The client checks it out not knowing which books are included. This one was in a picture-book bag and the grandkids and I loved it. So much in fact, that we requested "How to Babysit a Grandma." I am eager to see how the grands should be taking care of me. :-)

They would make great gifts to new grandparents or from young children to their Grandpa or Grandma.
Tasha
Done in the format of a how-to guide, this book takes a warm and cheerful look at a grandparent coming to babysit. Except in this book, the child thinks that he is the babysitter. He tells you how to stay quiet when you are hiding from your grandpa and what to feed your grandpa (hint: it involves a lot of ice cream and cookies). Then there are walks to take, entertainment to provide, and lots of playing together. When your grandpa finally announces naptime, it’s time for his nap. Get him a long...more
Melanie
A young boy is tasked with babysitting his grandfather. He proclaims it's easy if you know how and then begins to instruct the reader on the ins and outs of babysitting. For example a walk should be taken after an appropriate snack has been consumed. Things to do on the walk are stepping on cracks, looking for cool objects and jumping in puddles.

The hilarity continues until it's time for him to go home. Great for inter-generational reading and general storytime.
Kenna Wild
This story is from the perspective of a kid! Instead of being babysat he is actually the one doing the babysitting and this time he is babysitting his grandpa. The narrator gives readers tips on what exactly they should do while a grandpa is in your care. This book was super cute. The story line is funny and I absolutely loved the pictures. It was one that I had to add to my bookshelf at home!
Allyson
When we first read this book, we all thought it was cute. When we read it a second time, a third, fourth time. I knew we had to buy it. Luckily I found it at a book sale at a price that was almost free. Such a cute story and a great way to introduce kids into what happens when mom & dad leave them for a little bit. I just wish the How to Babysit a Grandma was as cute!
Diane
Jean Reagan, author and Lee Wildish, illustrator, have created a gem of a kids book that parents, grandparents and kids are sure to enjoy.

In How To Babysit a Grandpa, the reader will learn some essential tips for being a good "grandpa babysitter". For example, how to play with a grandpa and things to do on a walk with a grandpa. There is an adorable illustration with grandpa carrying a tiny kids umbrella over his head as they go for a walk. In another scene, the child is applying sunscreen to gr...more
Treasure
A very helpful picture book instructing young children on how to babysit their Grandpa, young readers learn important things, such as offering snacks such as cookies and ice cream or olives served on fingertips. Kids and adults, especially grandpas, will delight in reading this tongue-in-cheek book about how to be a good grandpa-sitter. Tips such as how to put Grandpa down for a nap and how to say good-bye are enhanced by the amusing (and sometimes touching) illustrations.
While this book could...more
Valerie
Cute book, told from a child's point of view. I had a couple of my grandkids climb into grandpa's lap and he read it to them with lots of expression and they loved it!
While we had the library copy at home, every time our grandchildren were over, they would find this book and climb in Grandpa's lap and ask him to read it and read it, he did, with fun inflection, including sound effects, such as snoring! They loved it! I have to buy this book!
Oh, and one of my older granddaughters, sat down and ca...more
Jenny
Fun. The young boy explains all the things you need to do when grandpa babysits you....er, I mean, when you babysit grandpa. :) Things like entertain him by putting on a scary play, helping grandpa take a nap, and cleaning up before mom and dad come home.

Cute and funny and the illustrations are fun as well.
Mrs. Downs
GR Level: ?

Elementary: E REA

Lots of people think that Grandpa is the one babysitting, but this book tells is it's quite the opposite. Follow along with this babysitting expert to see how he keeps his grandpa from getting cranky.
Erica
Lots of people think that Grandpa is the one babysitting, but this book tells is it's quite the opposite. Follow along with this babysitting expert to see how he keeps his grandpa from getting cranky.
Chrissy
This has been getting a lot of votes in the Beehive Awards so far - kids seem to like it a lot. That being said, I thought it was okay but it didn't do much for me. But it's cute enough, I guess.
Habrewer
The book is colorful and well written. The story is easy to understand and perfect for when grandpa comes to visit/babysit. It teaches the child through fun instructions how to take care of their grandpa, including what to feed them and how to play with them. This story is perfect for children between the ages of 2 and 5 at a minimum.

This book is fabulous. Lilly and I read it last night and she asked me to read it again to her 3 different times. She really enjoyed this one, especially since she...more
Sandy
This is a very sweet story about a boy and the special moments he shares with his grandpa when they are together. I think this would be great to use for a lesson on teaching how-to writing or even on creating lists. One of my favorite lists in the book was the one with ideas on "Snacks for a Grandpa," which included olives served on fingertips. I chuckled thinking back to how much my sister and I loved doing this with our olives when we were young. Many of the ideas mentioned in the book already...more
Laura
A charming book about a child's relationship with a grandfather. The child is nearly gender ambiguous; the boy presents himself as a caveman and the summery describes him as a little boy.

A perfect gift for a new grandparent! This text could also be used to inspire 'how to' books with elementary school students, though the real message of the book is the subversion of the grandchild and grandpa's roles as caregivers. Sweet and fun.

*Note: This is not a true how-to story but it's written in a how...more
Joe
The kids absolutely loved this book! They can't wait to babysit their grandpas now.
LK Hunsaker
What an absolutely charming book! Creative and fun and very much recommended.
René
Cute - made a great Father's Day gift for my son's grandfathers.
Susan
Great picture book Beehive nominee - I'm reading it to the classes this week, and I'm getting the full range from "loved it" to "didn't like it" from them - personally, I love it. I think it's creatively tongue in cheek, and a fun reverse play on being babysat. Cute story for kids.
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Jean Reagan lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, Peter, and daughter, Jane. Their beloved son and brother, John, died in 2005. Born in Alabama, Jean spent most of her childhood in Japan. Since graduting from Earlham College, she has worked as a community organizer, a union activist, and a writer. She cherishes her years as a full-time mother when she also worked at her children's public...more
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