2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie by Laurie Jacobs {Review + Giveaway}

Written by: Laurie Jacobs
Illustrated by: Anne Jewett

Raileigh is a child that likes to judge a book by the cover.  She is far more drawn to books that feature her favorite colors {pink and purple} or covers that are girly, feminine, and sparkly.

When I saw the cover of Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie, I knew it was one that Raileigh would be apt to pick up.  After all, there is a whole lot of pink to look at.  Plus, Grandma certainly looks fancy, and Raileigh definitely likes things that are fancy!

Sure enough, when Raileigh first laid eyes on Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie, she let out one of those excited little gasps.  She then proceeded to read the book aloud, to no one in particular. 

It turns out that Raileigh enjoyed the story just as much {okay… more!} than she liked the cover.

Grandma Tillie knows just how to royally entertain her grandchildren. To Sophie and Chloe’s delight, whenever Grandma Tillie babysits, she seems to disappear, only to be replaced by a parade of lovable characters.


  • Tillie Vanilly with the bright pink hair, star of The Tillie Vanilly Show, who loves to tell jokes and dance the conga
  • Chef Silly Tillie with the lampshade hat, who offers up a dinner of Giggly Chili
  • Madame Frilly Tillie with the sparkly eyeglasses and  towel turban, the world’s most creative bath-bubble stylist.

But who will appear to tuck Sophie and Chloe into bed? Hiker Hilly Tillie? Explorer Chilly Tillie? Zoo-lady Gorilly Tillie?

To say that Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie is fun is quite the understatement.  In many ways, Grandma Tillie actually reminds me of Raileigh.  You see, life with Raileigh is a constant parade of characters.  Every day, she pretends to be multiple people or characters, and even chooses characters that Darren and I are to portray.  She is quite good at staying in character, and Darren has even remarked that we should enroll her in acting classes.

Currently, Raileigh is a pony named Puzzlemint and I am supposed to be a pony named Rarity {they’re both from a television series about ponies– I’m sure you know the one!}.  It’s usually fun to see which persona she’ll choose and watch as as acts out every little detail just as that character would.

I don’t know if the resemblance is what draws Raileigh to Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie, but I do know that she loves this story.  In addition to the fun text, there are great illustrations as well.  There are lots of fun little details and special touches that make every page visually appealing.  The pictures really pair well with the text as well as the feel of the story.

Just as Raileigh enjoys Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie, I think the special little ladies in your life will like this story, too.  I am excited to announce that one lucky reader will win a copy of this fun book!

Giveaway is open to US readers only. 

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