Gaga Mistake Day (Hardcover)

Gaga Mistake Day By Emma Straub, Susan Straub, Jessica Love (Illustrator) Cover Image

Gaga Mistake Day (Hardcover)


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“Possibly one of the very best grandma books out there. Gaga and her granddaughter are both characters you want to be friends with as they get up to shenanigans while Mom and Dad are out, and the illustrations make them jump off the page.”
— Jess Iverson, Booked, Evanston, IL

When Grandma comes for a visit, silliness and creativity are guaranteed, in this funny and endearing book by bestselling novelist Emma Straub; her kids' gaga, Susan Straub; and award-winning illustrator Jessica Love.

Gaga days are the best! That’s when this eccentric, mischievous grandma babysits her delighted granddaughter. These Gaga days are always full of the silliest “mistakes,” like swapping eyeglasses and walking backwards to the park. Like making the house safe by eating all the marshmallow goblins, filling the tub to bursting with bubbles, and then reading a bedtime story all the way through upside down.

With touches of Amelia Bedelia and Eloise, this irrepressible granny might just inspire deliciously goofy, endlessly creative, and bursting-with-love grandma-grandchild playdates!
Emma Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Vacationers and This Time Tomorrow, among others, and the picture book Very Good Hats. She and her husband own Books Are Magic, two independent bookstores in Brooklyn, New York.

Susan Straub knows the power of picture books. Her Read to Me Program, focused on getting books into the lives of young families, provided insights and material for a co-authored Reading with Babies, Toddlers & Twos. Susan lives in Brooklyn, wonderfully near her novelist daughter Emma Straub and her two grandchildren.

Jessica Love is an award-winning author and illustrator. Her critically acclaimed debut picture book, Julián Is a Mermaid, has received several prestigious awards, including the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award, as well as numerous starred reviews. She lives in New York.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593529461
ISBN-10: 0593529464
Publisher: Rocky Pond Books
Publication Date: April 9th, 2024
Pages: 32
Language: English
"As the Straubs highlight with panache the importance—and pleasure—of breaking the rules, Love  captures Gaga’s Auntie Mame–style dash, spontaneity, and sartorial splendor, and the air of conspiratorial delight that she and her grandchild share. " —Publishers Weekly

"This is a gently comical tribute to warm, deeply loving grandmother-grandchild relationships. The dynamic pencil, watercolor, and gouache illustrations are as free-wheeling and entertaining as gray-haired Gaga, who is pale-skinned; the protagonists and the parents are brown-skinned. " —Kirkus

"Pencil, watercolor, and gouache in Love’s recognizable style add an extra dose of magic to the pair’s fanciful days. With bright bursts of color and extravagant scenes, the reader is whisked away into their playful world from the very first page. " —The Horn Book Magazine

"Award-winning illustrator Jessica Love uses vivid sweeps of color and expressive linework in dynamic compositions, adding cleverly observed details, to bring this sprightly character and her quirky antics to something decidedly larger-than-life. Young readers will revel in the carefree silliness of these shared “mistake days.” —Booklist

"Scene after scene in gouache, watercolors, and pencil illustrate intergenerational love and delight with dynamic sweeps, wry humor, and vibrant patterns. This homage to the eccentricities and charm of special grandparents ticks a lot of boxes. Highly recommended.” —School Library Journal