The highlight is Delphine Durandís amusing, stylized depictions of little kids frowning at their own and each otherís heads. The art meets the challenge of making an embarrassing topic entertaining.
Another topic rarely broadcast is the guilty pleasure of quality time with grandparents. Not that thereís anything wrong with parents, but sometimes a kid just wants a grandma or grandpa to spoil them Ė or at least treat them in a more relaxed, informal way. A sweet pair of new books celebrates the kind of togetherness that skips generations. Grandpa Lets Me Be Me and Countdown to Grandmaís House (Grosset, $3.49, ages 2 to 6) are both by Debra Mostow Zakarin and stylishly illustrated by Stacy Peterson. The situations in these stories may be unique, but the delicious freedom of extended boundaries is universal. Plus the grandma is refreshingly youthful (alas, the grandpa is a paunchy bald guy).
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