Bad Nana is not like other grandmothers. Jeanie (who is 7 and three quarters) has three grandmothers, but Bad Nana is very different from Granny Rose and Shirley. She can be a bit embarrassing at times, but she is nearly always up-to-no-good- even though she should know better!
This book is a fabulous piece of fun! The first part of the book- 'Things You Should Know'- is where the reader meets Jeanie and finds out about her family, friends and the impossible to like Georgina Farquar-Haha. We also get to meet the outrageously unique Bad Nana, find out about the contents of her 'completely ginormous' handbag, her best friend, Cynth and her cat, Liberace. The tone is light-hearted and chatty, making great use of different sized fonts for emphasis.
When the 'sun has got his hat on', Bad Nana takes Jeanie and her little brother, Jack, to the park where she like to sit on 'her' bench. Here Bad Nana takes great delight in flouting the diktats of the new park keeper who seems intent on spoiling everyone's fun. When she stops his killjoy ways, Bad Nana is at her best, championing the right to have fun in her own inimitable style.
In the final chapter, Bad Nana joins Jeanie and her friends on a trip to the local museum where she injects humour and fun, much to the furious museum man's annoyance. The perfect family member to have fighting in your corner, Bad Nana shows she is not really bad; she has a strong sense of fair play combined with a mischievous sense of humour- sounds like a good nana to me!
Sophy Henn has produced another fabulous book, this time for slightly older readers. The illustrations are bold and brilliant and the vibrant colour scheme adds to the appeal. Bad Nana is great fun and I hope there are many more stories about this fabulous old lady to come soon!
Bad Nana: Older Not Wiser Sophy Henn
Harper Collins ISBN: 978-0008268053