ROLE MODELS: Local grandmas celebrate the launch of the book.
ROLE MODELS: Local grandmas celebrate the launch of the book. Jorgia White

New book shows 'hip' grandmas beating the stereotype

GRANDPARENTS historically get a reputation for being a little un-cool.

But a new author is out to prove that this is not always the case.

Andrea Gallagher was motivated to write her children's story Superstar Grandmas when she watched her mother and Caloundra local Yvonne Mitchell become a grandmother to her children.

Ms Gallagher said she was displeased how often grandparents got a bad rap in children's books and she wanted to do something about it.

"When I would read my children books, there was models of seniors in there that were outdated and I really didn't like it," she said.

She said she started writing the story and was surprised how easily it all came together.

"I had no idea when I was writing this book that it would turn out the way it would," she said.

"I had no idea of the comradery that would exist after it all came together."

Ms Gallagher said by being a parent, she knew a lot about what she preferred to read to her children and what they most enjoyed.

"This story is very high in alliteration," she said.

"Its just a fantastic technique for children to use their mouth like this when they're learning to speak.

"I've also thrown in challenge words for primary children."

Ms Gallagher said that the story was really based upon her mother and her active and outgoing lifestyle.

"They're a different kind of grandparent," she said.

"Kids need to see an updated image of that.

"I wanted to write something that three generations enjoy."

To celebrate the launch of the book, Ms Gallagher is holding a community book launch for all of the Caloundra community to enjoy.

The launch will be held on December 10 at 17 Kalinga Place, Caloundra from 9:30am to 11:30am.

For more information about the book or to find out how to purchase, visit: or to RSVP for the event, e-mail:

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