Synopsis from HarperCollins:
A wickedly funny new series for ages six and up from the creator of Where Bear?, Pass It On and the Pom Pom series, with colour illustrations throughout.
Jeanie’s Grandma is BAD. Not bad like a vampire or a gangster or anything, more like . . . up to no good. Sometimes she can be a bit embarrassing but most of the time she’s REALLY fun, especially when she gets Jeanie involved in her mischievous schemes. Everyone says she’s old enough to know better . . . but she doesn’t seem to care one bit. In fact, Jeanie thinks she might quite like it!
Bad Nana is a deliciously wicked new series for ages six and up, told through the eyes of 7 3/4-year-old Jeanie. Gorgeously illustrated throughout with vibrantly coloured spreads, Bad Nana’s naughty exploits will shock and appal – and make you snort with laughter!
About: Bad Nana: Older Not Wiser is a middle grade chapter book written by Sophy Henn. It will be published on 3/30/2021 by HarperCollins Children’s Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, paperback, 152 pages. The genres are middle grade fiction, multigenerational, humor, and chapter book. This book is intended for readers ages 6 to 9 and it comes from a series called Oma Knetter: book 1 is Bad Nana: Older Not Wiser, book 2 is Bad Nana: All the Fun of the Fair, and book 3 is Bad Nana: That’s Snow Business. According to the publisher’s website, “Harper 360 is our global publishing initiative, publishing books in English from HarperCollins UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and India offices and books in Spanish from HarperCollins Iberica and Mexico offices. We publish in all genres of adult, children’s and YA books, and in all formats—print, e-book, and digital audio.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Bad Nana: Older Not Wiser on 3/23/2021 and finished it on 3/24/2021. This book was a good read! The cat with the many surprise faces was so cute! Grandma Bad Nana was one interesting lady! I liked how useful her big purse was and her many bright ideas. It’s too bad that Jeanie didn’t like her younger brother at all. My son read this book and he questioned me why Jeanie hate Jack so much and I explained to him that maybe her younger brother did all of the things she didn’t like just like he didn’t like when his younger sister kicked down his Jenga tower as he finished building it. But to justify how Jeanie didn’t like her younger brother just a little bit was not my favorite part because Jeanie experienced bullies from Georgina and the museum guy, she should know how it feels to be disliked. I enjoyed the park story most.
Readers will follow Jeanie, 7 as she introduced her family and extended family. She has a younger brother named Jack whom she found annoying. She and her brother spent most of their days with their grandmother nicknamed Bad Nana. One day at their favorite park, they found themselves and other park goers unhappy by the many rules placed around the park by the new park keeper. Bad Nana decided to take actions against the rules by using something in her purse while Jeanie and Jack kept a lookout for the park keeper. The fun didn’t last long and Bad Nana found herself with a new plan. The third story happened when Jeanie and her class visited the local museum. There are three stories within this book.
Bad Nana: Older Not Wiser was a quick read with fun colorful illustrations. I liked emphasis on words and colors to show the characters’ feelings. The illustration of the museum guy with notes was awesome as well as inside Bad Nana’s purse. The lace observation Jeanie talked about Granny Rose was hilarious. My son can relate with Jeanie when she talked about calling someone an aunt who’s not really an aunt at all. My son called my best friend aunt just because I knew her a long time she’s practically family. It’s easy reading this book because it feels like Jeanie was talking to readers.
Tag Lines: grandma, siblings, park, museum, school field trip
I rate it 4 stars!
About the Author and Illustrator:
Sophy Henn is the acclaimed picture book maker behind Where Bear?, Pass It On, Edie, and the adorable Pom Pom series. She studied at Camberwell and Central Saint Martins, and is a graduate of the MA in Sequential Illustration at the University of Brighton. Her debut Where Bear?, was shortlisted for the AOI Illustration Awards 2014 and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2015. Her subsequent titles have gone on to great success, and Sophy was chosen as the World Book Day illustrator in 2015. (Photo obtained from the author’s Instagram account and Info obtained from HarperCollins’ website).