4 out of 5 stars
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Make Grandma Great Again by Robin R. Rabbi is a children's book about Grandma Alice Baker and Amy, the adorable daughter and only child of Busy Dad and Pretty Mom and the thoughtful and kindhearted granddaughter of Grandma Alice. After Grandma Alice lost her husband, Grandpa Frank, she became a shadow of her former happy, active, and bubbly self. She used to read bedtime stories to Amy and her friends, but all of that stopped after the loss of her husband. She had to move in with Amy and her parents, and it didn't take a while for Amy to discover she was unhappy and lonely, and she cried a lot.
Amy wasn't happy about grandma’s sadness, and she made ingenious plans with her friends, Jenny and Susie, on the things to do each day of the week to make grandma happy again. They called it ‘The Grandma Flabbergasted Plan.’
I loved the simplicity of the storyline and the slight brilliant plot twist towards the end of the story that wouldn't confuse children of Amy’s age as they read through the pages of the book. I loved the oneness of spirit Amy and her friends used in making plans and executing them. Amy is such a kind-hearted soul that her character taught me a lot about how much the oldest members of society are neglected and how much we need to do to keep them happy and lively even as they age. Amy’s ingenious ideas impressed me a whole lot, and I hoped to have kids as bright as her and her friends as I read this book. The way she quite literally interpreted adult conversations and adult behaviors beyond her comprehension was hilarious and made the book a lot more interesting. Also, the pictorial representation of the events in the book made for a more wholesome read.
Some of the ideas in the book were a little bit farfetched and seemed higher than the intellectual capacity of third graders, thereby making the story a little bit unrealistic. The part where Amy and her friends organised a swim party for older men, used different social media platforms to publicize it, and even devised a way to make money from the event seemed a bit too far-off an idea for little children to come up with. I found two errors in the book, but they weren't much of an issue. I believe the book was professionally edited.
I rate Make Grandma Great Again by Robin R. Rabbi 4 out of 5 stars. I removed a star owing to some parts of the book I considered unrealistic. I didn't deduct more stars because I enjoyed reading this story a lot, and I must commend Robin R. Rabbi for the fantastic job he did with the character development. Every character in the story was adequately developed.
I recommend this book to children between the ages of eight and ten as they are the appropriate demographic for this book. They will learn a lot about building great friendships, helping those in need, and, most importantly, helping family members who seem left out, sad, and lonely to become happy again.
Make Grandma Great Again
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