Everyone thinks their granny is extra special, but for the little girl in this picturebook, whose granny is a witch, the magic often gets out of hand. As she explains:
Although I love her awfully much/sometimes I wish she’d be/ a little less peculiar/ and a little more like… me!
Above all, the witch wants to help her granddaughter. What granny doesn’t? However, rather than have Granny whisk out her ‘Helping Kit’ day and night, the child longs to spend time together doing ordinary things. When her birthday comes around, she begs Granny: ‘let’s not use your Helping Kit – let’s whisk and bake instead!’
The text bounces along at a rhythmic, happy pace, and the bright illustrations underline a relationship, which evidently is ‘made with tons of love’. The eccentric comedy in both text and pictures is brilliant, but it’s the connection between grandmother and child that is truly quite moving. From the pair behind Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble, this delightful follow-up offers everything you could want from a picture book and is an ideal gift for any grandchild or, indeed, for any grandmother.