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How to Babysit a Grandpa

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A New York Times bestselling picture book--from the creators of the hilariousHOW TO... series--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 ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published January 1st 2012)
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Dec 26, 2015 John added it
Shelves: children-s
My 2 and 1/2 year old grandson gave this to me as a Christmas present with a little help from my daughter. A cute read that had me laughing out loud. I loved some of the lines including the grandchild's response when PaPa (my grandson's name for me) rings the doorbell, which is to, "Hide!" Other lines I identified with (my grandson must have read the book before giving it to me) including snacks for PaPa and how to entertain me.
Sarah Casabona
Mar 29, 2016 Sarah Casabona rated it really liked it
"How to Babysit a Grandpa" gives an innocent, fun, humorous, perspective of a Grandpa from a grandson’s view. This book tells a story of everything a babysitter would do, but instead the roles are reversed. The little boy tells how to comfort grandpa, make grandpa snacks, cross the street, keep grandpa warm, entertain him, play with grandpa, give grandpa a nap, teach grandpa to clean up, and to say goodbye to him. This book tells a unique story because elderly people are a lot like children. The ...more
Megan Cureton
This books starts off with Grandpa ringing the door bell, and the little boy hiding. He then gives tips on how to stay quiet while Grandpa is looking for you. Once he gives up, you pop out and scream, "Here I am!" After that, you ask him if he's hungry. He has the listed items to give as snacks to a grandpa, with anything dipped in ketchup being my favorite. The little boy goes on to take Grandpa for a walk, and he lists tip for that, with, "If there's a puddle or sprinkler, show him what to do, ...more
Kristen Rigau
Mar 23, 2015 Kristen Rigau rated it it was amazing
The book How to Babysit A Grandpa written by Jean Reagan is about a young boy and his grandpa. In this particular story, the average roles of a grandpa and his grandson are reversed. In the beginning, it is shown that the grandpa is coming over to play and the boy immediately says, “Babysitting a grandpa is fun-if you know how.” From that sentence, you are then aware what the book is going to be about. They first begin by playing hide and seek, then the parents leave the house and the grandson i ...more
Mar 22, 2015 Madison rated it really liked it
How to Babysit a Grandpa is a funny sweet book for children. The story is being told by a child and it almost seems like the child is teaching other children how to make babysitting fun, however there are many underlying guidelines that can teach anyone who will be babysitting. For example, when the story tells the reader that babysitters should never leave messes. The narrator informs the reader the best way to handle every scenario a babysitter might be put into. By adding fun quirky things th ...more
Mary Piatak
Mar 21, 2015 Mary Piatak rated it really liked it
How to Babysit a Grandpa is written by Jean Reagan and illustrated by Lee Wildish. This story is about a little boy who thinks he is babysitting his grandpa, but he is the one actually getting babysat. When the grandpa rings the door bell, the little boy goes into hiding. From there on out, the story is almost like a "how to" book. The little boy gives a bunch of different advice on how to stay quiet, how to play games, etc. The final page is when the little boy draws a picture for the grandpa a ...more
Hannah Julsrud
Mar 18, 2015 Hannah Julsrud rated it it was amazing
The narrator of "How to Babysit a Grandpa" by Jean Reagan, an astute little boy, offers some wonderfully endearing tips on how to babysit your grandpa when he comes over to play. First, when he arrives, you have to hide from him. When he gives up on finding you, pop out and scare him!. Then, after you assure him that your parents will be back soon, it's time for a snack and then a walk. The little boy then offers tips for how to entertain your grandpa and how to play with him. By this time, it's ...more
Alexis Labenz
Nov 10, 2014 Alexis Labenz rated it it was amazing
How to Babysit a Grandpa by Jean Reagan is an adorable book! The book is about a grandpa coming over to babysit his grandson while the parents go out, but according to the grandson, he's the one in charge! The book shows different, goofy ways the grandson entertains his grandpa. The book shows students how fun it can be with their grandparents come over. The book also has very cute and colorful illustrations that bring the book to life.

An activity I would do would be to teach the students how-to
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
Van Phan
Apr 20, 2014 Van Phan rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, how-to
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
Courtney Thompson
Feb 10, 2015 Courtney Thompson rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
In this book, the little boy shares how he babysits his grandpa. He has lists for what to eat, how to stay quiet when you are hiding from him, how to entertain grandpa, and more. He has so much fun babysitting his grandpa. They go on a walk, have a snack, color, and dance around to music while they are cleaning up their mess. When it is time for grandpa to leave, the little boy goes over his list for how to say goodbye to a grandpa. One moral of this story could be that two people can be friends ...more
Kay Mcgriff
Jul 17, 2012 Kay Mcgriff rated it it was amazing
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.
Michelle McBeth
Nov 12, 2014 Michelle McBeth rated it it was amazing
Mom and Dad are going out and Grandpa comes to babysit the little boy. Of course the boy thinks it's the other way around and HE is babysitting grandpa. He talks about all the best ways to babysit Grandpa including special snacks like olives served on fingertips and jumping in puddles when on a walk.
My favorite part was How to Say Goodbye: With a hug and a kiss and a hug and a kiss and a hug and a kiss. Grandpa's face is priceless.

This book is absolutely adorable and funny. I liked it slightly
Maria Burel
Sep 10, 2012 Maria Burel rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
How to Babysit a Grandpa is exactly what it sounds like: a handy, dandy how-to guide for surviving an afternoon with those need-to-be-kept-busy charges. Survival tips include such important areas as snacks, what to do on walks, how to entertain, and how to wake sleeping grandpas. The childlike perspective is both humorous and, in the end, touching. ...more
Cheyenne Gribbins
Feb 12, 2015 Cheyenne Gribbins rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-aloud
The title of this book says it all. This story is about a little boy who has the responsibility of babysitting is grandpa all day, he gives tips and instructions on the proper way to handle your grandpa. Whether it's taking naps or how to stay quiet while hiding, he thinks of it all. The inside cover is very interesting because it has pictures the boy has drawn of him and his grandpa doing things. The illustrations are very well drawn and add more to the story. They make the story humorous with ...more
Dec 13, 2015 Sandy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, childrens
It’s a sweet story with a young boy babysitting his grandpa, or so he thinks as his parents go out one evening. His grandpa and he have a great time together playing and he realizes that his grandpa is older so he is gentle with him. Before long, the two of them are building caves together and fighting off sharks. I had mixed feelings about the nap section, as grandpa fell asleep and the boy was wide awake (it was cute how the author wrote it up but safety wise, I wasn’t sure this was the best t ...more
Read  Ribbet
May 28, 2012 Read Ribbet rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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.
May 22, 2016 Christy rated it it was amazing
A New York Times bestselling picture book--from the creators of the hilarious HOW TO... series--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 for puddles and sprinklers), and how to play with a grandpa (build a pi ...more
Jun 13, 2014 Danielle rated it it was amazing
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
Ruth Ann
Aug 14, 2014 Ruth Ann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
This book is funny, adorable, and heart-warming. It is told in the voice of a young child and it addresses the biggest potential fear of left-behind kids . . . yes, parents always come back.

I think this book would be a perfect read aloud. The pictures are delightful and the text is a stitch. It would fit well in a social studies unit on families.

For older children, read this book to provide an example of "point of view" writing. Maybe compare it to a chapter book with a unique point-of-view, lik
Rachel Barnard
Oct 21, 2014 Rachel Barnard rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs642
Reagan, Jean. How to Babysit a Grandpa. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2012.


SCBWI Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards for Southwest (2013)
Camellia Award: Alabama Children's Choice Book Award for 2-3 (2013)

This is a great fun-loving book. This book is a silly was of teaching children what babysitting means. It switches the rolls which can be invigorating. My initial thoughts were, 'this is so cute and silly'. I loved the fun colorful illustrations and how the store has lists throughout. I'm
This book is awesome! Love the layout and the story line....definitely a fun book for story time.
Colby Sharp
Oct 28, 2011 Colby Sharp rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-graphic
Super cute book. I see a lot of grandmas buying this book for their grandchildren.
Jul 22, 2016 Kendra rated it really liked it
Another winner from Jean Reagan, How to Babysit a Grandpa documents the best ways to keep your gramps in good health and sanity over the course of a visit from the grandkids. Like Reagan's other stellar books, this is a little too advanced in its format for some of the littlest kiddos (I'm thinking specifically of the lists of things to do, which requires fairly advanced higher-level thinking skills in order to "get" all of the embedded jokes) but it's a fun one to read with grandparents actuall ...more
Niki (Daydream Reader)
So fun! I can totally see my son and his Grandpa enjoying this book together.
Feb 21, 2014 Megan rated it really liked it
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
May 09, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
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 Green
Jun 11, 2014 Stefanie Green rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
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
Jul 25, 2013 Peacegal rated it really liked it
Cute, clever, funny.
Mar 05, 2015 Laurie rated it really liked it
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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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