Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake

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Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake

By Kate Klise; M. Sarah Klise (Illustrator)

Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805093131, 32pp.

Publication Date: July 3, 2012


Larry is a little lamb with a larger-than-life grandmother. She talks loudly, carries a heavy sewing machine, and has big plans to take Larry to Tanzania and the South Seas when he grows up. She even has a secret handshake. It's all too much for shy little Larry until a summer storm blows through the Lambs' valley, and Larry finds an unlikely hero in his own family.

Kate and Sarah Klise's gentle tribute to the bond between child and grandparent reminds us that it often takes time for little ones to fall in love even with those who love them the most. "Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake" is perfect for grandparents and their own little lambs.

About the Author
Kate KliseandM. Sarah Klisehave collaborated on numerousaward-winning middle-grade and picture-book projects, including Regarding the Fountain and 43 Old Cemetery Road series. Kate lives in Norwood, Missouri. She visits more than seventy school classrooms a year. Sarah Klise lives in Berkeley, California. Visitwww.kateandsarahklise.comandwww.threeringrascals.comfor more information. (By the way, Klise rhymes with mice.)

Illustrator M. Sarah Klise and author Kate Klise and are sisters and collaborators. They started making books together many years ago in their bedroom in Peoria, Illinois. Kate wrote the words; Sarah drew the pictures. Their first book was about an adventure-loving little mouse that traveled around the country. That story was never published. (In fact, it ended up in the garbage can!) But the Klise sisters had so much fun making their first book, they kept writing and drawing. And now they've published more than twenty award-winning books for young readers, including "Regarding the Fountain" and "Dying to Meet You." The Klise sisters no longer share a bedroom. Kate lives in Missouri and travels often to visit schools and libraries. Sarah lives in California. But the two sisters still enjoy working together, especially on their new series about a pair of circus mice. (By the way, Klise rhymes with mice.)

Praise For Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake

"...lovely…”--School Library Journal "...precious..." —Booklist "A gentle telling..." —Horn Book "A special treat for grandchildren and grandmas.”--Kirkus "The Klise sisters (Little Rabbit and the Meanest Mother on Earth) have once again hit the nail on the head…”--Publishers Weekly Praise for Shall I Knit You a Hat?:
“Beating the winter chill and warming hearts are the themes in the Klise sisters’ darling tribute to knitwear and holiday giving. . . . The Klises consistently sound notes of tenderness and humor.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The Klise sisters team up to show that the giving is just as important as the gift.” —The New York Times
Praise for Why Do You Cry?:
“A great choice for reading aloud or one-on-one sharing, this tale will prompt comments from children, who will relate to the characters and enjoy the rich artwork.” —School Library Journal
“Delicious acrylic paintings, in a subdued but springlike palette, depict a cozy home, full of enjoyable visual details, and Little Rabbit’s journey to see his friends offers a host of animals for children to name as well as some touches of sweet humor.” —Booklist