A hilarious read about a young girl and her misbehaving Bad Nana. Bad Nana is definitely not your typical grandma. Bad Nana dresses all in black, carries a shiny black bag that contains all manner of things (including a whoopee cushion), has a walking stick (which she likes to use as a mischief making weapon) and occasionally wears a pink turban as it gives her more twinkle. Bad Nana is a little bit embarrassing, rather eccentric and is very much not acting her age.
Jeanie lives with her mum, dad and a thing that makes lots of whiny sounds and answers to the name of Jack. She lives exactly eight minutes and thirty six seconds away from one of her three grandmas. It is at this grandma’s house that Jeanie likes to spend lots of her time, and it would be even better if annoying Jack didn’t have to spend lots of his time there too.
You see this grandma isn’t your typical polite and pleasant old lady. She can not seem to go anywhere without getting involved in just a tiny bit of trouble; popping unwanted items into other people’s trolleys at the supermarket, disrupting line-dancing classes or getting locked in the village hall, Nana and naughty go together.
Nana has a knack of making a trip to the most ordinary of places a lot more interesting. So it is of no surprise that a visit to the park and a class trip to the local history museum don’t go as smoothly as perhaps they should. Because wherever Bad Nana goes, trouble and mischief are never far away…
Sophy Henn has written a rollickingly good read full of plenty of moments that will have readers laughing-out-loud. Bad Nana is as fun and as bright as the dazzling neon pink illustrations that fill the pages. Each page is a delight with its funny illustrations and text written in all manner of funky fonts.
Messages on friendship and bullying are sensitively explored throughout and there is a lovely moment towards the end where Jeanie takes inspiration from her Bad Nana and speaks out.
This is one grandma who certainly is not old enough to know better and Jeanie wouldn’t have her any other way. If only all nana’s were this much fun!
Recommended for 6+.