Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Adventures of Yia Yia and Lucey by Patricia M. Linaris

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Omnipotent. That’s Yia Yia, as she’s able to traipse through life oblivious to the mayhem that she leaves behind. Sharing the adventures is her mocking know it all Cock-a-Poo, Lucey who has her own delusions of grandeur. Together they managed to write their fantasy exploits to Yia’s grandkids over the years. One letter being a little more outrageous than the last, but always showing Yia Yia’s naiveté and Lucey’s jaded outlook. Sort of like good cop, bad cop, but with tongue in cheek absurdity. Yia Yia and Lucey meet and interact with all sorts of interesting types during their adventures. From family members to street people, doctors, police, nuns, bikers and even some shady undercover government men, all don’t escape the mad cap escapades rooted in Yia Yia’s imagination. You’ll meet the many characters that come to life with the illustrations sprinkled throughout the text. In lieu of chapters, the book is divided into years that the letters were written and sent. Oh yes, did I mention that Yia Yia actually mailed these letters to the grandkids at sleep away camp? Extras were written when they returned home and curiosity demanded more stories about Yia Yia and Lucey. Although composed for older kids, the book transcends the generations and reaches out to all ages with good-natured stories of a grandmother’s ability to live life to the fullest. What senior citizen wouldn’t love to be that invincible? What youngster wouldn’t love to have a Yia Yia like her? What grown child of Yia Yia wouldn’t be embarrassed? And of course, who wouldn’t want a dog like Lucey? (Actually, if you know someone, please send Yia their number.)


  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc. (February 8, 2015)


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