Theo and Poppa planned their imaginary garden before spring had even come. Andrew Larsen’s The Imaginary Garden is one of several about grandparents and grandchildren that I’ve read recently, each of which stand out to me for very specific reasons. The Imaginary Garden is a great book because it specifically reflects both a very modern […]
He was born a really long time ago, before computers or cell phones or television. Lane Smith’s Grandpa Green is a big departure from his usual boisterous fare, and a beautiful illustration of this talented author/illustrator’s multifaceted gift for storytelling.
Frank says that it was a lot quieter when he was my age. “You could hear yourself think!” he yells. I adore The Frank Show. Maybe it’s because I have a soft spot for great books about grandparent/grandchild relationships, and The Frank Show is probably the best of a few truly terrific examples of this […]
We have an Elephantom. He turned up on Tuesday, just after tea-time. To be honest, he’s starting to bug me. Sometimes all you want or need in a story is just a straightforward entertaining narrative. The Elephantom is perfect for those times. Ross Collins’ story of a little girl with a pesky, mischievous, phantom elephant […]
There is so much to learn about the fascinating little creatures known as naked mole rats. But, for this story, you only need to know three things: 1. They are a little bit rat. 2. They are a little bit mole. 3. They are all naked. Well, they were, with one exception . . . […]
My Dear Ben, I must see you, even if I have to cross the whole, wide world to do so. It will probably take me a week. It’s not unusual, in an era when people move around a lot for work, etc., that children end up living far from their grandparents. Ben and Gran and […]
“Don’t do that,” whispers Daddy. “Don’t do that,” whispers Mama. “Don’t do that,” whisper Alice and all the other relatives. All except Great-Gran Said, her toes tapping to the music. “DO THAT AGAIN!” she says. Kids aside, I dare any parent to get through this book without a snicker and a snort–or five.
I have three first names. Brian Banana and Duck. My last name is Yellow. This is my room at Na-na and Grumpy Yellow’s place. Brian Banana Duck Sunshine Yellow is a little bit odd, a little bit silly, and a big hit with the preschool set, perhaps because it looks and reads a bit like […]