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Older Not Wiser

Written by Sophy Henn

Illustrated by Sophy Henn

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Older Not Wiser Review

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 5+ readers Featured Books for 7+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks

Meet a stereotype-busting anarchic grandmother whose hilarious escapades will be fascinating to young readers

By the always-current Sophy Henn this new series for children just starting to read on their own is to be celebrated. Jeanie, aged 7 ¾, has a special relationship with her grandma, known to the family as Bad Nana.  She doesn’t mind her name, in fact, Jeanie says, ‘I think she quite likes it’. Bad Nana isn’t really bad, and if she’s often up-to-no-good, completely embarrassing or a little bit cheeky, she’s always good fun.  There’s certainly lots of fun to be had in the different stories Jeanie shares with us. Children are fascinated by the way old people have a license to misbehave, and they will be delighted by Bad Nana’s exploits which break all the rules of good behaviour. The illustrations, also by Sophy Henn, are stylish and distinctive, but children will immediately recognise themselves in Jeanie. This lovely, hugely appealing book is one to recommend to fans of Lauren Child and her Clarice Bean stories in particular. 

Andrea Reece

Older Not Wiser Synopsis

Jeanie's Grandma is BAD. Not bad like a vampire or a gangster or anything, more like... up to no good. Sometimes she can be a bit embarrassing but most of the time she's REALLY fun, especially when she gets Jeanie involved in her mischievous schemes. Everyone says she's old enough to know better... but she doesn't seem to care one bit. In fact, Jeanie thinks she might quite like it! Bad Nana is a deliciously wicked new series for ages six and up, told through the eyes of 8-year-old Jeanie. Gorgeously illustrated throughout with vibrantly coloured spreads, Bad Nana's naughty exploits will shock and appal - and make you snort with laughter!

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ISBN: 9780008268053
Publication date: 31/05/2018
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008268053
Publication date: 31st May 2018
Author: Sophy Henn
Illustrator: Sophy Henn
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories
Recommendations: eBooks

About Sophy Henn

Sophy Henn lives and works in Sussex, England. She studied Fashion at Central Saint Martins, accidentally had a London based career as an Art Director in advertising, then completed an MA at University of Brighton in Illustration. Now she writes and illustrates children's books in her studio, with a large cup of tea by her side, and can't quite believe her luck. Where Bear? was her very first book and since then she has created the wonderful panda character called Pom Pom. She has been nominated for the Greenaway Medal for Where Bear? 2015 and was shortlisted for the AOI Illustration ...

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