Maud and Grand-Maud by Sara O’Leary, Illustrated by Kenard Pak

Review by Lauren Hathaway

Tundra, Penguin Random House, 18 August 2020

40 pages, hardcover, $21.99 CAD, 978-1-10191-869-2

Ages 3-7, Preschool-Grade 2

Picture Book

Picture books that feature intergenerational relationships can be surprisingly hard to come by. Maud and Grand-Maud not only helps fill this gap in the market, but it also honors the special bonds that some children share with their grandparents. 

Maud loves spending special Saturdays with her Grand-Maud. In their matching pajamas, Maud and Grand-Maud eat breakfast for dinner, watch movies, and share conversations about when Grand-Maud was “just Maud.” Maud loves to discover trinkets that belonged to Grand-Maud when she was a little girl, and happily imagines that she will grow up to be just like Grand-Maud.

This story has a soft, cozy feeling to it, much like the plaid flannel nightgown Grand-Maud makes for Maud. Sara O’Leary’s words are simple yet warm, and Kenard Pak’s illustrations perfectly capture the affection and admiration the characters have toward each other. Young readers who are fortunate to have close relationships with a grandparent might identify with Maud. However, the nostalgic and sentimental tone of this story, coupled with the story’s length, will likely resonate more with grandparents and other adult readers even more than with grandchildren, themselves.

This book is best reserved for unrushed story times at home, especially when Grandpa or Grandma are able to join!

Maud and Grand-Maud will hit the shelves August 18th, 2020!

Lauren holds an M.A. in Children’s Literature from the University of British Columbia and a B.A. in English from Fordham University. She regularly reviews children’s books for School Library Journal and loves sharing books with her eight nieces and nephews back home in Arizona. 

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