Age range: 4 to 6
The Story: Harry and Emily love spending time with Wee Granny who has a multitude of surprises in her tartan bag. One afternoon they are in the park when Mum phones Wee Granny to ask her to help with some baking for the school fair. But can they really bake in the park? With a bit of help from Wee Granny’s magic bag they can! They deliver the cakes to school and Granny introduces them to Bert who will be coming to the school fair with her. (I’m not going to spoil the surprise and tell you who Bert is and what he’ll be doing!).
Granny’s bag is a traditional tartan bag, it’s not very big but it’s definitely magic as many of the things that come out of it are quite large, for example when Granny receives a phone call it isn’t a mobile phone that she takes out but a full size, red telephone box! It was impossible to guess who Bert was on the first reading but it still makes my daughter laugh that he is in the bag even though it’s no longer a surprise.
The text is easy to read and we often read Granny’s dialogue with a Scottish accent. The story takes the familiar experience of an afternoon in the park with a grandparent and gives it a humorous twist. We love Maria Bogade’s beautiful illustrations which include lots of tartan and Wee Granny’s Scottie dog who isn’t mentioned in the text but can be found in all the pictures, we find it funny when he goes swimming in his tartan coat!
Wee Granny (or Magic Granny as she is known in our house) is a favourite bedtime story here and would make a lovely present for a grandparent.
Quote from Jessica (age 4): “This is a very funny story!”
Author – Elizabeth McKay / Illustrator – Maria Bogade