Here Comes Hortense!

Heather Hartt-Sussman • Georgia Graham

4-6 years

The feisty, irrepressible Nana we met in Nana’s Getting Married is back. And what could be more fun for a six-year-old than having your nana and her new husband take you to a theme park? But the fun is spoiled when Nana and Bob announce that they’ve planned a surprise: they are going to be joined by Bob’s granddaughter, Hortense. It turns out to be the worst surprise ever. Nana shares her room with Hortense instead of her disgruntled little grandson. She sings her special good-night song to Hortense. She goes on all the scary rides with Hortense. And, worst of all, Hortense has a special name for Nana.
A perceptive and hilarious exploration of rivalry, there’s a gentle lesson for readers, young and old.

What People Are Saying:


Blue Spruce Award and Shining Willow Award nominee


“With Nana, every trip is an adventure, and sometimes a lesson…Hartt-Sussman’s narrative touch is deft…(Here Comes Hortense is) Warm and offbeat.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“Learning to share the attention of grandparents is a message that is handled very well by Hartt-Sussman. As a sequel to Nana’s Getting MarriedHere Comes Hortense should be a welcomed addition for those seeking stories that explore intergenerational relationships.

— University of Manitoba


“In a well told story, Hartt-Sussman gently captures all the feelings of jealousy and exclusion as well as the very real love between grandparents and grandchildren (and between Bob and Nana) and brings it to a satisfying conclusion.” 
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