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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Grandma Found a Gecko is a humorous children's picture book written by Vincent F.A. Golphin and illustrated by James P. Cottage. One day, Grandma suddenly started screaming and running around the house, and her cries echoed everywhere. Grandpa heard her and tried to find out what was wrong, but he couldn't get her to stop long enough to tell him. Grandma had a gecko in her shoe. The little lizard must have fallen asleep in her shoe, and when she put it on, the lizard became stuck in the toe. Grandma was in a panic, and she ran out into the street to get help. Mr. Lee, the next-door neighbor, tried to help, but Grandma couldn't calm down enough to take her shoe off and free the little creature. Mrs. Hall was delivering the mail when she saw Grandma, and she finally helped Grandma take off her shoe -- but there was no gecko inside. Where could he have gone?
Vincent F.A. Golphin's humorous children's picture book, Grandma Found a Gecko, has got to be the best thing that’s happened to me all day. I couldn't stop grinning as I heard the "Eeeeee" noises Grandma was making, and watched as she ran frantically from room to room. I personally love reptiles of all kinds and sizes and would be thrilled to find a gecko in my shoe, but I can fully appreciate Grandma's predicament. Golphin's dynamic and very funny story is masterfully accompanied by the illustrations and graphic design work of James P. Cottage. I loved how his use of text sizes to convey volume added drama to the story, and the illustrations are bright and cheerful. While Grandma Found a Gecko begs to be read aloud, it's a perfect choice for new readers to try on their own. The story is catchy, the humor infectious, and the vocabulary is suitable for younger readers. While I don't have anyone around right now to share this book with, I think I'll just have to read it again after I finish writing this review. It's that good. Grandma Found a Gecko is fabulous and an outstanding collaborative effort! It's most highly recommended.