Title: Battle of the Grandmas
Author: Anthonette Klinkerman
Illustrator: Justin Acquavella
Publisher: Overhead Projections, LLC
“That’s it! I’ve had it! I can’t play with all this stuff, or even try to wear it. It would make me much happier to find someone to share it. I don’t want the presents, toys or sweet candy; I only want my grandmas to spend time with me,” the little girl explains in Anthonette Klinkerman’s children’s book, Battle of the Grandmas.
Having received a Reader’s Favorite Book Award, this numbered thirty-four page paperback with a glossy cover targets children ages three to eight years old who enjoy stories about grandmothers and sharing. With no scary or violent scenes, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.
Living in Colorado, author Klinkerman is a public school teacher and public speaker, teaching English at night school for at-risk teens. Based on a true story, this is her second published book. Illustrator Acquavella is a high school senior as well as an independent artist and graphic designer. His colorful designs show emotions with cartoonish details. The black words are against a light green background on the left side of the page while all artwork is on the right side.
In this short tale told in rhyming format, a little girl has three grandmothers who love her dearly. As they shower their granddaughter with gifts, they overdo their giving by competing to give the best present instead of spending quality time with her.
When the child finally puts her foot down and states she would rather have them spend time with her by taking her to the park, reading a book, or having fun, they realize their errors. The presents are happily given away, and the girl is contented getting to know each one.
By not only teaching a young one to understand quality relationships instead of the quantity of gifts received, but the book also promotes sharing and giving others things no longer needed or wanted. This is a thoughtful gift for any child, especially if the adult has the opportunity to discuss the pitfalls of materialism and the joys of giving and loving others.
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