In this vibrant new illustrated series by Sophy Henn, readers are introduced to Jeanie and her very large family, including a rather naughty nanny.
One of Jeanie’s grandmas is called Bad Nana, as she isn’t exactly the sweet-natured old dear sometimes stereotyped in children’s stories. Instead she is mischievous and menacing and loves causing a little chaos.
In this first episode, Bad Nana takes on a grumpy park keeper and a short-tempered museum guide, both of whom are committed to spoiling people’s fun, and Bad Nana refuses to allow such miserly behaviour. Her methods are far from evil, but she is certainly happy to break the rules, just a little, if something stands in her way. It is clear that Jeanie worries about her nana’s behaviour and is sometimes a little embarrassed by it but, really, she is proud to have such a fierce, independent lady fighting her corner.
The story is simple and funny, but the most enjoyable element of the book is undoubtedly the bold neon artwork that explodes from every single page. Many jokes and little comic details are hidden in the illustrations, which readers will be happy to return to again and again.
This first book of the series really feels like an appetiser, as the close relationship between Jeanie and her nana is only explored to a small extent, and there is a very enjoyable feeling that Bad Nana is holding some mayhem back for future episodes.