From the Publisher
"This is a story about real family values, compassion for others and how kids are often smarter than we think." Simms Taback, author, Joseph Had a Little Overcoat and There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
"[This book] waltzed into my heart and touched it in a way that no other children's book has." Barbara Gruener, AcademicPlanet.com
"A lovely book about friendship and seeing people as they really are. Kids will think it's terrific fun. . ." MyShelf.com
"Charming...lovely, filled with colorful illustrations that will make you smile." Eclectic Homeschool Online
"Every character expands beyond stereotype
will help kids cope with their own concerns about being less than perfect." GRAND magazine
"So touching and great for your kids . . . a terrific book. Really, a terrific book." Dr. Laura Schlessinger, radio show host
"This sensitive and clever story deals with school-age embarassment and what dementia looks like from a child's perspective." National Institute on Aging
"A truly delightful story . . . a must have in school libraries." Children's Literature
"A truly delightful story . . . a must have in school libraries."
"A lovely book about friendship and seeing people as they really are. Kids will think it's terrific fun-but I warn you, parents, you just might get a little misty as you read. The best books do that to you."
Eclectic Homeschool Online
"Charming... Ruben Plotnick is a young man that I wouldn't mind getting to know...lovely, filled with colorful illustrations that will make you smile."
Outlook Magazine of Women's League for Conservative Judaism
"A compassionate story about dealing with senility in those we love and of blossoming friendship."
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-An engaging story about family, friendship, and the challenges of dementia. Ruben Plotnick is the cool kid everyone at school wants to know. He's funny and a little wacky, but he always knows the right answers. He's smart. For some unexplained reason, he decides to befriend David, asking to go to his house to do schoolwork. David is thrilled-and worried. His Grandma Rosie has become so unpredictable. Will she do something to embarrass him? What will The Plotnick think? David need not have worried. The Plotnick proves himself to be much more than a smart clown. He has grace and he has heart. He relates immediately to someone who dances to her own beat, displaying maturity and confidence far beyond his age. And he shows David how to be compassionate and remain true to himself. The digital illustrations add amusing background details to keep the story light. Although the plot is awkward at the beginning, the story has a very sweet conclusion. This is an excellent choice for a group read-aloud or to help a child deal with fears of family embarrassment.-Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.