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When Grandma looks tired, it’s time for a
makeover!

Birdie addresses readers with total assurance, instructing those who have similarly
tired grandmothers to lay them on their beds with appropriate head support and
then go to town. Byrd’s text gives Delgado lots of room to supply detail. “Look
in her drawers and find these things,” Birdie announces, and the illustration
depicts this small, pigtailed child bending over a drawer and slinging
tweezers, lipstick, scarf, lotion, and more into the air. Then: “Dump all the
stuff on the bed.” An aerial view depicts patient Grandma on her back and just
the top of Birdie’s head as the aforementioned “stuff” is flung down, a bottle
of talcum powder landing with a discernible puff. Birdie tweezes Grandma’s chin
free of hairs; powders her face; applies eyeshadow (“Get it all over”), blush,
and lipstick; lotions Grandma’s feet; and accessorizes Grandma with earrings
and scarf: “Aren’t you beautiful, Grandma?” The brief text is laid out one step
per double-page spread, and Delgado nails the small child’s exuberance in his
smudgy, textured spreads. Stray dots of talc adorn Grandma’s chin, and the
enthusiasm with which Birdie grabs Grandma’s lips to apply the lipstick may
have some adults wincing. They won’t wince at the evident joy experienced by
this loving pair. Both Birdie and her extremely patient grandmother have brown
skin, and a dual English/Spanish text welcomes Latinx readers.

A delightful celebration of intergenerational love.

(Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: April 21, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-947627-28-4

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press

Review Posted Online: March 1, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2020

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