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Summary: Whether its celebrating a family event, giving Mama a much-needed respite from her children, or creating magic for the kids, Great-Grandpa Fussy comes to the rescue. This is a collection of short stories about the things (big and small) that occur in our lives.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 9; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Age of Child: Read with 3½ year old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our very precocious preschooler requested a story from this book for about a week. After that, s/he lost interest.
Adult Reader Reaction: We liked the fact that you didn't need to read the book cover-to-cover every night, and thought it would be a great way to introduce a chapter book. The stories are sweet, though we were disappointed that the very first one is about making a road-side potty stop.
Pros: Great-Grandpa Fussy could be any elder in a family … so long as they like to have fun. The stories are short and the illustrations are bright and expressive.
Cons: This is, logically, a read-aloud book, but the names are destined to be tongue-twisters, ultimately slowing down the reader.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a nice book, but isn't one we'd recommend as a must-have for a personal library.