Picture Book Review: Grandma’s House of Rules

Grandma's House of Rules by Henry Blackshaw

Grandma’s House of Rules
by Henry Blackshaw

4 out of 5 stars

A little boy visits his grandmother, but she has so many rules that it’s hard to remember them all. Don’t leave your dirty dishes on the table. Don’t leave the cupboards open. Use an apron. Plump the cushions. Don’t sit in the fancy chair. Don’t ever ever touch the special vase.

When Grandma leaves the house, the little boy tries to follow the rules, but he forgets some and everything goes wrong. What will Grandma do when she comes home to find all the rules have been broken? She says, “You can break a vase, Kid, but you could never break my heart.” A grandmother’s love is stronger than any rules.

I loved this sweet story! It’s so adorable how the little boy tries so hard to remember the rules. He has the best intentions, but somehow things just get out of control.

I really liked the positive messages about how rules are good to have, but showing love and forgiveness is more important. I loved the grandma character because she is strict but fair, and she knows that her grandson didn’t disobey on purpose.

The illustrations are so hilarious! Grandma’s cat is in the background of each scene doing something funny, and I loved those little details. The art is colorful and the designs are cute.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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