Encyclopedia of Grannies

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

A funny and eye-catching picture book, celebrating grannies of all shapes and sizes, and what makes them tick.

Why do grandmas tell us to speak slowly? Why do grandmas wear their hair up? Are grandmas flexible? How do you cheer up a grandma? And why do they always have creases on their faces?

Children have lots of questions about grannies and Éric Veillé sets out to answer them all with humor and charm in this contemporary picture book for the extended family – how they wear their hair, how they do yoga, how they travel the world, their wise sayings, their knitting.

Each page is dedicated to a quirky topic and combines to make a highly original encyclopedia for children; from buses – no one knows where grannies go – to the contents of a granny’s bed – sighs, regrets and sometimes a grandpa.

Illustrated with funny comic-style pictures, this is a contemporary gift book full of word play, for the entire family to enjoy. With witty and bright graphic illustrations, this encyclopedia challenges the cliches and celebrates the grannies in our lives – no matter what kind of grandma, abuela, nana or nonna you have, you are or would like to be.

Inside every granny, there’s a small house, and in that house is that same granny when she was a little girl. That’s where she still lives.

A chic gift book that will appeal to all ages. Fantastic to give to grandparents, new grandmothers, for Mother’s Day, or as a celebratory gift for the entire family.

Éric Veillé was born in 1976 in Laval and studied at the Duperré School in Paris. He has since released many books, as author and illustrator, including My Pictures After the Storm (starred reviews) and Lionel Poops and Lionel Eats All by Himself.

Translated from the French by Daniel Hahn.

Praise for Encyclopedia of Grannies
“An offbeat look at modern-day grannies.” Kirkus Reviews

“It’s a completely bonkers, gleefully silly guide to grandmothers of all stripes.” School Library Journal, The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of 2019

“A cornucopia of comedy, both in the content and the brashly coloured cartoon images, which includes a fabulous array of granny hairdos, and not a blue rinse in sight.” The Irish Times

Praise for My Pictures After the Storm
“Unexpected giggles await with every page turn.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Clever, playful, with a mordant edge, this is sophisticated silliness in warm shades of red and yellow.” The Guardian

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Gecko Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2019-08-13
Text Type Fiction—Humor
BISACS JUV013000, JUV019000
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7.5 x 10.5
Lexile 560
Features Original artwork and Reviewed


School Library Journal

“This book is a comic exploration to share with families of lighthearted grannies of all kinds.”—School Library Journal

School Library Journal

“This book is a comic exploration to share with families of lighthearted grannies of all kinds.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“An offbeat look at modern-day grannies that is bound to elicit a chuckle or two.”—Kirkus Reviews