The Grandpa Book

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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...

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Overview

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.

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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: 5/17/2011
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 116,703
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Todd Parr

Todd Parr is the author of more than thirty books for children, including the New York Times bestselling The I Love You Book, The Earth Book, and The Thankful Book. He lives in Berkeley, California. For a complete list of Todd's books and more information, visit www.toddparr.com.

Biography

Author/illustrator Todd Parr is the poster child for perseverance. Growing up in Wyoming, he knew he wanted to be an artist, but he met with rejection at almost every turn. In school, his drawings and paintings were considered childish and simplistic. He even failed his high school art course for not meeting class standards. As a result, for many years he lacked the self-confidence to pursue his dreams. Then, when he finally mustered the resolve to begin painting in earnest, his work was turned down by dozens of galleries.

Yet, in spite of these roadblocks, Parr persisted. He arranged a small showing of his paintings at Wolfgang Puck's San Francisco restaurant Postrio. A buyer for Macy's West saw his canvases and encouraged him to design a line of merchandise for the store. Then, in 1998, Parr's bold, colorful style caught the eye of Little Brown agent Megan Tingley, who approached him to write children's books. The rest, as they say, is publishing history.

Unlike other children's authors, Parr is not a traditional storyteller; yet his books—with their positive, reassuring messages about acceptance, self-confidence, and diversity—have become enormously popular. In bestsellers like The Family Book, We Belong Together and It's Okay to Be Different, he encourage preschoolers to be themselves, to express their feelings, and to celebrate what makes each of them unique.

But it is his artwork—cheerful stick figures rendered in bright, neon colors and outlined boldly in black—that makes Parr one of the most recognized names in the world of children's literature. The same simplicity of technique that once drew criticism has proved to be his most bankable commodity. His work has been displayed in the windows of FAO Schwartz, his products are sold worldwide, and he has won awards for his books and for his preschool television show ToddWorld. Pretty good for a kid who was thrown out of high school art class!

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Not all of Parr's fans are eight and under—teens in Japan reportedly swamped the author on his book tour, bringing rice cookers and surfboards for signing.

Before he began his career as a children's author, Parr was a flight attendant for United Airlines.

Parr's first job was working at Taco Time for $1 an hour at age 11. "I was going to own my own someday," he said in an interview with Barnes & Noble.com. "I still love tacos. :)"

Parr gives special credit to his family for their support: "I have a very special family," he told Barnes & Noble.com. "They never really understood me, but encouraged me to go after everything I wanted even when we did not agree. As I now realize—this takes a lot of love to do."

Parr has no formal art training.

He was flabbergasted when he was approached to write children's books. "I can't even spell," he told us, "so the idea of being an 'author' never entered my mind!" Once he realized this would not be an obstacle, it cleared the way for him to focus on his artwork and the messages behind it.

When asked what kind of advice he would give to kids who want to be artists, here's what Parr told us:
Believe in yourself. Art is art even if no one else likes what you do. If it makes you happy, stay with it. Don't give up. And surround yourself with your work to remind yourself of what makes you feel good.

The message behind my work stemmed somewhat from my childhood because it was not okay for me to be who I was. I did not conform to the "norm" or want to be like everyone else. Things have not changed that much for kids today either; it seems harder for them. So in the process of doing what I'm doing in my work—enjoying my life and being happy—if I can help someone, especially kids, learn to believe in themselves, accept others, and learn not to hate, then maybe someone's life will be a little easier and maybe their dreams a little closer to coming true."

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    1. Hometown:
      Berkeley, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 9, 1962
    2. Place of Birth:
      Rock Springs, Wyoming
    1. Education:
      High school diploma
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

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  • Posted July 21, 2010

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    There is a world full of Grandpas and each one is special.

    As with all Todd Parr books, my granddaughter loves the childlike illustrations and brightly colored pages in this book. She enjoys looking at "The Grandpa Book" by herself as well as reading it together with an adult.

    Being long-distance grandparents, my husband and I like the way this book keeps Grandpa in the forefront of a child's mind. It shows there is a world full of Grandpas and each one is special. I believe every child can find their Grandpa in the pages of this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    :D

    MAH KIDS LOVED IT! first book that they evah read! LOL
    I highly reccomend this book for grandparents or parents.Who ever says this book stinks meens they arent parents and are probuly teens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2011

    Highly recommend

    I already had The Grandma Book and it's the 1st book my granchildren want read. What a surprise on their faces when they saw The Grandpa Book, so excited, read it 2 or 3 times when received. They loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2007

    Great for first books

    The pictures and colors have captured the attention of my 6 month old grandson more than any other book we read. He laughs and grins with each turn of the page. Todd Parr is able to comunicate to the youngest mind.

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