Grimes captures the warm, often humorous relationship between a teen and her grandmother. Twenty poems speak to a variety of themes: shared shopping trips, cleaning standards, etiquette, Grandma’s gloves. Simple metaphors and carefully chosen vocabulary make these selections read more like conversations than formal poems. Some are embellished with large, realistic black-and-white pencil drawings, including one of the African-American grandmother and granddaughter standing back-to-back, arms folded (“With Grandma Mac/I’ve pretty much got/My hands full”). Readers who might be reluctant to enjoy poetry will find the size of the book manageable and the style of writing easy to understand. A rewarding poetry experience.
Nikki Grimes began penning poetry at the age of six. Her many award-winning titles include the picture books Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman, which won the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and a Coretta Scott King Author Honor, and Meet Danitra Brown, which won a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. Coretta Scott King Author Honors went to her novels The Road to Paris, Jazmin’s Notebook, and Dark Sons, and her novel Bronx Masquerade won the Coretta Scott King Author Award. She lives in Corona, California.