Grammy Do...

Children - Concept
36 Pages
Reviewed on 12/23/2016
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Author Biography

Sandy Richards is an award-winning author of A Far Cry…From Home and “Grammy” to a gaggle of six on-the-move grandchildren. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and a member of SCBWI. Ballroom dancer, Elvis enthusiast, and avid reader, Sandy shares these varied interests with her grandchildren…every chance she gets. Sandy lives in Commerce, MI with her husband, Joe. For more information, visit her website at

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Grammy Do... is a children's picture book written by Sandy Richards and illustrated by Lori Hohmann. Both the author and the artist are grandmothers, and Hohmann uses their grandchildren as the models for the panels in this book. What is a Grammy? Richards' story gives the answer by answering a number of questions about what a Grammy does. There are any number of things she delights in, from taking her grandchildren by the hand at street crossings to pushing an enthusiastic child on a swing. Hohmann's illustrations bring each of these simple, yet endearing, acts of love to life. Her ink and wash sketches are gorgeous and each one merits a frame for hanging in a child's bedroom. Her faces are beautifully rendered and show a wide variety of expressions, from the impish grin of delight on a little girl jumping in a puddle to the transported face of a young thespian rapt in a performance.

Sandy Richards dedicated her children's picture book Grammy Do... to three grandmothers who made a big difference in her life, and her book passes on that loving tribute perfectly. Richards' and Hohmann's work meshes seamlessly as they illustrate the instinctive and loving relationship that is universally shared by grandmothers and grandchildren. There is a spirit of simple joy that emanates from this work that is quite infectious. This is a grand story time read for grandparents and parents to share with their children, as well as being an excellent primer for new readers. I'm thinking, however, that any prospective grandmother would also be thrilled to receive this book, along with the news of a grandchild on the way. Grammy Do... is most highly recommended.

Lesa McKee

Who loves to read stories to their precious grandchildren? Grammy Do! Sandy Richards has written this adorable story, Grammy Do... that celebrates the special relationship between Grandmas and their cherished Granddarlings. The book begins with the cutest of rhymes and follows that pattern all the way through. With each turn of the page, a delightful question is asked, and 'Grammy Do' is always the right answer! Between the covers you'll experience touching moments, tender scenes, and lots of smiles and giggles. You'll find each season of the year on display here, not necessarily in order, but it gives the book a smooth, random flow. By the end of the book, Grandmas and Grandkiddos alike will feel the joy of the loving message portrayed in this work of heart.

As a Grandma to four granddaughters (and another little one on the way), I'm always on the lookout for a good Grandma book. A book that is filled with catchy phrases, loving sentiments, and beautiful pictures. Grammy Do... has all that and more. The illustrations are beyond amazing, really showing the playful nature of the overall theme and bringing the 'characters' to life. One of my favorite things about the book is how Sandy Richards has personalized the book by using herself and her own grandchildren as the book's characters. Plus Grammy Do... gets bonus points for the fun rhyming style that kids of all ages will love. This would make the perfect gift for any grandma or grandma to be!

Vernita Naylor

Who is there to wipe away your tears when you cry? Who is it that puts a twinkle in your eyes? Grandma can. Grammy Do... by Sandy Richards is a beautifully illustrated children’s book that a child will enjoy reading over and over again. In reading Grammy Do... you will feel the connection between the child and their grandmother. Grammy Do... tells the personal story in rhyme of author Sandy Richards and illustrator Lori Hohmann’s adventures in being grandmothers. Grammy Do... shows the essence of fun and enlightenment that they feel in being a grandmother. To a child, their grandmother is their best friend. Children can feel the unconditional love, warmth, comfort and compassion that only a grandmother can give as told by Sandy Richards and illustrated by Lori Hohmann.

As I read Grammy Do... I saw the story not only through the eyes of Sandy Richards and Lori Hohmann, but also through the eyes of a child. In Grammy Do... you will see that special bond between the child and their grandmother. Grandmothers are so special because they allow the child to do things that their parents otherwise wouldn't allow them to do. The grandmother will always hold a special place in the heart of a child, even when the child becomes an adult. It's those warm cookies, cold milk, and other special memories that make a grandmother so special. In Grammy Do... you will be taken back to those precious moments with your grandmother.

Pauline Kenner

“I felt inspired by Grammy Do as it describes everything I have experienced with all my grandchildren. It is an amazing book that shows what a “Grammy” is all about and what grandmothers have to look forward to.”

~ Pauline Kenner
“YiaYia” to twenty grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren

Gerry Zarb

“I loved this book! Great story and the illustrations are adorable. I think Sandy describes the relationship that so many grandmothers and grandchildren have with one another; heartwarming, so full of love, and a relationship like no other!”

~ Gerry Zarb
“Grandma” to fifteen and “GiGi” to fifteen great-grandchildren

Darlene Gilbert

“I read this book to three of my five grandchildren. They loved it and were amazed that other Nanas do these things too! My three-year-old granddaughter giggled and giggled every time we said Grammy Do! It was a real hit.”

~ Darlene Gilbert
“Nana” to fifteen grandchildren

Cheryl Maki

“Sandy Richards has captured the essence of what it means to be a “Grammy”. Experiencing the joys of sharing life with your grandchildren are some of the most precious memories we can make. I loved reading her book and look forward to sharing it with my grandchildren!”
~ Cheryl Maki
“Nana” to eleven grandchildren

Linda Svacha

“Grammy Do…excellently portrays the special sacrificial love and bond that a grandmother has for her grandchildren. Reading this book filled my heart with joy as it brought back so many special memories that I have shared with my grandchildren. This book can be a wonderful conversation starter with your grandchildren as you reflect on your own personal memories.”
~ Linda Svacha
“MeMaw” to eight grandchildren

Kathy Morley

“A sweet book written straight from the heart, recognizing the beauty of the little things in life that show pure love. Beautifully simplistic, it spells out the love a Grammy pours out to her grandchild. Don’t miss reading this beautifully written and illustrated work of art.
~ Kathy Morley
“Grammy Kathy (aka Graham Cracker)” to eight grandchildren

Gail Byram

“Oh my gosh, all so true! I love this book and cannot wait to read it to all my grand-babies. I love the pictures; they mean so much that they made me cry!”

~ Gail Byram
“Nan” to seven grandchildren

Karen Mollison

“Sandy Richards has opened her heart with her new children’s book, Grammy Do. As I read her book, I found myself, from page one, wearing a familiar smile and a nod to say, aww yes! Every grandmother will relate to these heartfelt pages.

~ Karen Mollison
“Gumma” to six grandchildren

Sandy Richards

Grammy Do...holds a very special place in my heart. I dedicated this book to my grandmother, my mother and my sister - three excellent role models for "grammies" everywhere! The whimsical illustrations are of my two sons, my six grandchildren and those of my illustrator, Lori Hohmann. Lori captured the personality of each child perfectly to fit the rhyme. Thank you Readers' Favorite for the wonderful reviews!!