Lollipop and Grandpa and the Christmas Baby

Author: Penelope Harper
Illustrator: Cate James

Age: 3 -6
RRP: £6.99
ISBN: 9781907912276
Publication Date: 17-10-2013
Format: Pb, 240mm x 240mm x 4mm
Extent: 32 pages


Lollipop would like a bike for Christmas. What she most definitely does not want for Christmas, is a new baby brother or sister. Will Grandpa change her mind?

This is a Christmas story with a twist that celebrates the childhood joy and excitement of Christmas combined with the familiar anxities about having a new sibling, particularly when the new sibling is very ill-timed...

About the series:

Lollipop and Grandpa are intrepid explorers, always on the lookout for the next adventure.

Underpinning the series is the relationship between an intelligent, inquisitive little girl and her mischievous grandparent who understands the workings of a child’s mind brilliantly. All stories combine the familiar trials and tribulations of being 4-years-old with great fantasy adventures arising from ordinary, everyday identifiable situations.   

About the author and illustrator

Penelope Harper is a school librarian and former radio presenter. The Lollipop and Grandpa series are her first children’s books, inspired by her relationship with her own grandfather.

Cate James is an Edinburgh-based illustrator and printmaker, who also had a very special grandpa. 


I love the Lollipop and Grandpa books and the way they depict the loving relationship between the two, and it is perfect to reflect what Christmas should be about. Lollipop wants a new bike for Christmas - what she definitely doesn't want is a baby. As always, Grandpa with his innate understanding of just what little girls want, comes to the rescue and, of course, everyone has a very special Christmas even if it doesn't go quite to plan. A lovely warm story, just right for the festive season.

Parents in Touch

A welcome addition to the series. Penelope Harper's sensitive, but humorous, telling of the story comes to life in Cate James' warm and bright collage-effect illustrations.

The Scotsman

Cate James' charming illustrations are great fun and reflect Grandpa's sunny disposition... The relationship between Lollipop and Grandpa is delightful, and it's wonderful to read a story that reinforces the important role that grandparents play in the lives of their grandchildren. A great read for the festive season.

Armadillo Magazine

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