The Grandpa Book

The Grandpa Book

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by Todd Parr
     
 

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With his notable and characteristic vibrant illustrations and simple, but poignant text, Todd Parr celebrates the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren. From golfing Grandpas to Grandpas who wiggle their ears, tell stories, and give kisses, this book is a tribute to all the different kinds of Grandpas in the world.

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With his notable and characteristic vibrant illustrations and simple, but poignant text, Todd Parr celebrates the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren. From golfing Grandpas to Grandpas who wiggle their ears, tell stories, and give kisses, this book is a tribute to all the different kinds of Grandpas in the world.

Parr's messages are funny and reassuring, making this the perfect book for celebrating grandfathers every day. With Parr's trademark bold, bright colors and silly scenes, children will be inspired to appreciate their grandmothers and all the things they do.

The Grandpa Book is designed to encourage early literacy, enhance emotional development, celebrate multiculturalism, and promote character growth.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As with The Mommy Book and The Daddy Book, the paper-over-board The Grandma Book and The Grandpa Book by Todd Parr continue to celebrate family members with many hues (a purple-complexioned, blue beehive-sporting granny demonstrates "some grandmas have a lot of purses"), shapes and interests. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
"All grandpas like to tell you stories." Parr's celebration of grandpas holds many truths and lots of love. He explores the relationship of children with their grandfathers in his usual straightforward text aptly embellished with his strikingly colorful, uncluttered line drawings. The grandpas of this book are actively engaging with their beloved grandkids; taking them to the park and to school, making them laugh, and hugging them a lot. We also see a variety of grandpas: some who like to walk, some who like to drive (a wheelchair), some who send cards, some who live with grandmas, some live with friends in retirement villages—all of whom love their grandchildren. The art for the "like to tell you stories" double-page spread shows a fish in the balloon above grandpa's head—yet another example of Parr's astute observations of real life—just like the stories my dad loved to tell my children. Everyone should have a Papa, Granddaddy, Granpa, Grump, Pop, Poppi, or Grandy in their life—either through family ties or the "adoption" of one. All children can benefit from their grandpa's experiential wisdom and love. Sharing this book with a classroom will stimulate lots of discussion and will serve as an excellent writing prompt for all age levels. 2006, Little Brown and Company, Ages 2 up.
—Sheilah Egan
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-In this affectionate and humorous pair of books, Parr explores the differences among grandparents: "Some grandmas have a lot of purses"; "Some grandpas can wiggle their ears." He also notes their similarities: "Some grandmas live with a grandpa"; "Some grandpas live with a grandma." The books end with a short message about grandparents and a reminder to tell them that you love them. The artist's skillful use of bright neon, supersaturated colors, thickly outlined simple figures, and brief text combine to make the books lots of fun. Good additions to any collection and wonderful choices for a storytime.-Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Working his way through the family one member at a time, Parr gives prereaders a positive spin on the role of Grandpas. Some put extra money in your piggybank or extra marshmallows in your hot chocolate, some will take you to school or let you try on their glasses, some live with a grandma or "with their friends"i.e., in elder housingbut all like to tell stories, to make you laugh, to hold and hug you. Illustrated with noseless but smiling, very simply drawn figures, set off by thick outlines from bright monochrome background fields, this not only presents Grandpas in a wide variety of looks and situations (not to mention skin colors like purple and green), it conveys a direct invitation to "be sure to tell them how much you love them." Published simultaneously with The Grandma Book, which shares the same message as well as some of the same text and images. (Picture book. 24)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316070430
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
05/17/2011
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
115,667
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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