Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake

Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Larry is a little lamb with a larger-than-life grandmother. She talks loudly, carries a heavy sewing machine, and has big plans to take Larry to Tanzania and the South Seas when he grows up. She even has a secret handshake. It’s all too much for shy little Larry—until a summer storm blows through the Lambs’ valley, and Larry finds an unlikely hero in his own family.

Kate and Sarah Klise's gentle tribute to the bond between child and grandparent reminds us that it often takes time for little ones to fall in love—even with those who love them the most. Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake is perfect for grandparents and their own little lambs.


Praise for Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake

"...lovely…”--School Library Journal
"...precious..." —Booklist
"A gentle telling..." —Horn Book
"A special treat for grandchildren and grandmas.”--Kirkus
"The Klise sisters (Little Rabbit and the Meanest Mother on Earth) have once again hit the nail on the head…”--Publishers Weekly
Praise for Shall I Knit You a Hat?:

“Beating the winter chill and warming hearts are the themes in the Klise sisters’ darling tribute to knitwear and holiday giving. . . . The Klises consistently sound notes of tenderness and humor.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The Klise sisters team up to show that the giving is just as important as the gift.” —The New York Times
Praise for Why Do You Cry?:

“A great choice for reading aloud or one-on-one sharing, this tale will prompt comments from children, who will relate to the characters and enjoy the rich artwork.” —School Library Journal
“Delicious acrylic paintings, in a subdued but springlike palette, depict a cozy home, full of enjoyable visual details, and Little Rabbit’s journey to see his friends offers a host of animals for children to name as well as some touches of sweet humor.” —Booklist

In the Press

'Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake,' and More - NYTimes.com
Picture books about caring, capable and surprising grandparents.
- The New York Times
GRAMMY LAMBY AND THE SECRET HANDSHAKE by Kate Klise, M. Sarah Klise | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of GRAMMY LAMBY AND THE SECRET HANDSHAKE . How embarrassing! Grammy Lamby is coming to visit, but one little lamb is anything but pleased.
- Kirkus Reviews

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise

  • Kate Klise lives and writes on her forty-acre farm in a valley north of Norwood, Missouri.

    M. Sarah Klise draws and paints out of her studio in Berkeley, California.

    Kate and Sarah are sisters who have collaborated on illustrated novels for children as well as picture books, including Shall I Knit You a Hat? and Why Do You Cry?

  • Kate Klise
  • M. Sarah Klise


Available Formats and Book Details

Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake

Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
  • Hardcover



Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)