...this is a wise tale that makes accessible to the reader the realities both of the frailties of the human body and the enduring strength of familial affections.  The story is loosely autobiographical, based on the author's mother's stroke and the family's struggle to understand and accept the changes in their beloved mother and grandmother. Set against Dura's signature fantastic, colorful and charming backgrounds, the story explores a child's range of emotions from incomprehension to anger and leads him, and us, on a voyage of maturation, acceptance, and perseverance.
This book faces head on the fact that our lives are fragile yet precious and that while illness and loss are inevitable, memory and family ties can and do survive, sometimes as here, with grace and aplomb. Grandma's Lost Her Head is a celebration, tender and humorous, of family, imperfect but grand. It's a must-read for children whose families may be facing difficult physical or mental health issues.