I Really Want to See You, Grandma

tr. from Japanese. illus. by Taro Gomi. 40p. Chronicle. Apr. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781452161587.
PreS-Gr 2—In this simple comedy of errors, a little girl and her grandma both decide to pay each other a visit on the very same day. Yumi takes a bus, and Grandma takes a train. Careful observers will note that just as the train travels under the bridge, Yumi's bus travels over it. "Oh, no!" cries Grandma upon arriving at Yumi's house and learning that her granddaughter has gone to see her. The little girl is equally "surprised," and they both hurry back to their respective homes. Grandma hails a taxi while Yumi shares a ride with a cow on a truck only to find that they have once again missed each other. Eventually, they meet under a large tree, jump gleefully into each other's arms, and agree that next time, they will meet in this very spot. This simple tale of mixed-up connections celebrates the special love between a grandparent and grandchild. Young readers will experience the pair's urgency, frustration, and joy as all's well that ends well. Gomi's signature art features childlike characters in a palette of browns highlighted by pink, orange, and other hints of color on a white background. The front endpapers feature Yumi's scooter; the back, Grandma's motorbike.
VERDICT A perfect choice for units on transportation or family or to share on Grandparents' Day.

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