Wee Granny’s Magic Bag by Elizabeth McKay, illustrated by Maria Bogade
Emily and Harry are looking forward to heading out to the park with Wee Granny, but most of all they hoped that she would bring along her amazing tartan bag. They had seen magical things come out of that bag! Last Christmas, she had pulled out a lamp-post (fully lit) to help Harry see his carols. Then in the summer, she pulled out chairs for them to sit on the beach. Emily and Harry tried to see inside Wee Granny’s bag, but she closed it too quickly. Then they tried asking her what she had in there, but she only said she had brought her phone. When her phone rang, the children were amazed to see her pull an entire phone booth out of the bag and answer it! It was their mother calling, asking them to make more cupcakes for the fair. And that is when Wee Granny really pulled amazing things out of her bag!
Originally from Scotland, this book celebrates grannies, tartan and magic. McKay writes with a cheerful tone and the entire book awaits the magic that everyone knows is coming! The pacing is nicely done, dancing along happily. The story has a gentleness to it as well that is warm and friendly.
Bogade’s illustrations are done in ink and watercolor. They have a merriness to them as well, filled with bright colors and playing up the effect of pulling huge items from a small bag. The humor of the entire work is well reflected in the images.
For children too young for Nanny McPhee, this picture book introduces an equally magical Wee Granny who is sure to fill their bedtime dreams with magic. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
Reviewed from copy received from Floris Books.