About this book It’s Nana’s birthday, and her little granddaughter wonders why she looks so worried! But the lines on her face are simply wrinkles, and Nana is very fond of them because they are where she keeps her memories. In this imaginative and charming story, Simona Ciraolo turns the lines from old age into wrinkles of wonder and memory as a little girl learns all about the precious moments in her grandma’s life.
Reviews from all over the world
A sweet intergenerational tête-à-tête. —Kirkus Reviews
[…] The art and the pace sell the journey. Nana and the girl talk in bright close-ups; the flashbacks are wordless full spreads, encouraging us to supply the missing information. —The New York Times
This airy picture book is calibrated to appeal to doting grandparents or, for that matter, to any adult whose face has acquired a bit of wear and tear. —The Wall Street Journal
The revelation that older relatives were once young is always a surprise for younger people, and Ciraolo (Whatever Happened to My Sister?) presents Nana’s story in a way that’s affectionate and never patronizing. —Publisher’s Weekly
Nana uses the opportunity to explain that every wrinkle is attached to a memory, and the story swishes back in time to show the source of each one. Her crow’s feet were caused by laughing too hard on a seaside picnic, and the creases on her forehead are the result of a first date at an amusement park. As the girl sits as a rapt audience for her Nana’s storytelling, she learns that so-called imperfections are the result of life lived.