Our Granny

Our Granny coverOur Granny

Submitter: I found this book while looking for titles to weed that had never been checked out.  The cover & title seem harmless enough, but it’s what’s inside that had us rolling with laughter.  The grandmas depicted are rotund and partially clothed for most of the book.  I doubt elementary students want to check out a book with illustrations of big, saggy-breasted elderly women in it.  I also wonder about whether it’s particularly respectful to grab a handful of your granny’s ” wobbly bottom.”

Holly: This is a cute book, but definitely a little odd.  “Big bras,” “saggy underwear,” and “bristly chins” aren’t the nicest way to describe your granny!  It’s old enough that you can probably weed it without much backlash.

Granny in underwear

granny wobbly bottom

granny's robe

granny does exercise

granny's clothes

granny's bra


  1. Wow. Just…WOW.

    Those are some supremely ugly illustrations – downright creepy, at times. What’s with EVERYONE – child and granny alike – looking so, well, ‘plush’? And there’s the multiple women in undergarments and a laundry list of what they wear…Maybe I’m jaded but it almost seems rather fetishistic to me. Yes, I know: it’s all very innocent but..my god, those are some hideous illustrations!

  2. I love Julie Vivas illustrations. Seek out her Nativity for the best Christmas story book ever (probably banned in US libraries for the infant Jesus being naked.) or Wilson Gordon McDonald Partridge for more loving portraits of relationships between old and young. This one is lovely and honest and full of love and I’d like it if you are chucking it out.

  3. This is a classic Australian Picture book. It would never be weeded out of an Australian library. It reminds us that we love people for who they are in spite of their ‘wobbly bottom’. I find it charming and the Julia Vivas ‘s illustrations are always a joy. 2 other favouries are Let the celebrations begin and Possum magic.

  4. The illustrations are nice, but these are really niche Grannies. Only one of them looks like she’s cleared 65. My Polish grandma was thick-bodied, but she didn’t exercise or appear in her underwear. She cooked; she went to church; she didn’t give a s—about chin hairs. My Italian grandma was tall, lanky, and beaky like a heron. She retired from gardening and painting her kitchen annually when she was in her 80’s. She is currently serving her risotto in Heaven. And jello eggs–poured to set in real eggshells that were shaken empty and rinsed through only one small hole. Served in a fluffy bed of homemade whipped cream and dusted with coconut. I inherited the serving dish: a crystal Easter basket with fluted edges.

  5. I am a granny, and I look just like all these pictures. (Actually, I am a Bubbe, which is like a granny on steroids ;))I look just like all these pictures. And I have very fond memories of grabbing my own momma’s wobbly bottom.

    I even do special exercises to make my bottom smaller!

  6. Seriously! They are tough to make! You have to crack the shell and peel it away from the jello egg under running water, and the jello has a tendency to cling to the shell. Save more shells and make more than you think you need!

  7. This is an Australian classic, as mentioned by a previous commenter. Maybe the Australian sense of humour is different, but we love it! It was always a storytime favourite when I was a children’s librarian. And great to have a book showing grandparents as active, vital members of the community. Way too many books about grandparents end up with them dying.

  8. I love this book, and used it when I was doing story time at my library. My assistant doesn’t like it, so doesn’t use it. That shows how we are all different. When I did it for Grandparents day the kids laughed a lot, and so did the moms. I, too, look like those Grannies now, and hopefully I don’t look old just like these grannies. I am old (well, older). My oldest grandchild is a senior in high school and my youngest is almost 3 months old.

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