Grandpa Monty is a bit confused: he puts the chicken in the washing machine, he gets towels mixed up with napkins and gloves with socks, and he’s always forgetting his grandson’s name. Luckily, his grandson loves him very much and is willing to risk getting into a little trouble to try to help him remember. Discussing Alzheimer’s and dementia, this story will help both children and parents cope with tough changes in a family. Offering up humor and the potent power of a smile, the book reminds readers of any age ...
Grandpa Monty is a bit confused: he puts the chicken in the washing machine, he gets towels mixed up with napkins and gloves with socks, and he’s always forgetting his grandson’s name. Luckily, his grandson loves him very much and is willing to risk getting into a little trouble to try to help him remember. Discussing Alzheimer’s and dementia, this story will help both children and parents cope with tough changes in a family. Offering up humor and the potent power of a smile, the book reminds readers of any age that when someone in the family is having trouble remembering things, the most valuable lesson is to not forget the importance of loving them.
A fluent, witty translation gives U.S. audiences a passport to a particularly fine entry in the Alzheimer’s subgenre, first published in Spain. Seven-year-old Oscar explains that his family wasn’t sure Grandpa Monty was really ill, at first: “Mom thought he was doing it to get our attention.” But it quickly becomes clear that something is seriously wrong. “ lot of the things he says and does make him look like a little kid,” is all Oscar will say; Díez fills in the blank with a painting of Grandpa Monty drinking the water from a flower vase. Both collaborators capture the situation’s odd mixture of comedy (Grandpa Monty, a Yodalike presence in his stature and demeanor, tries to stick a key into the knot of a tree and plays basketball with a pumpkin) and tragedy. “ittle by little, he seems to forget which words to use,” Oscar says. Oscar helps Grandpa Monty by tutoring him in the subjects he’s studying in school, demonstrating that there’s a place for a child to contribute. Proof that an issue book doesn’t have to be prissy. Ages 7–9. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"This well-intentioned effort will surely comfort children coping with similar situations and may lead to further discussions on how children can help when someone is unwell." —Kirkus Reviews (September 2012)
- Laura J. Brown
Seven-year-old Oscar is an only child, but that changes when it is discovered that his grandfather has been having trouble living alone ever since Oscar's grandmother died. Grandpa Monty has been doing strange things, like putting a chicken in the washing machine and ironing a piece of fish. At first, the family thought Grandpa Monty was just lonely in the little town where he lived and wanting his family to visit more often. Then Oscar's mom gets a call from the police because Grandpa Oscar is having trouble. There's no doubting the extent of his problems now. Oscar's parents and his uncle decide it is no longer safe for Grandpa Monty to live alone. They decide it is best for him to live with Oscar's family. Like Oscar, Grandpa Monty needs someone to look after him and keep him safe, but Oscar didn't realize he would be going to be able to help his Grandpa Monty, too. Grandpa has an illness that causes him to forget all kinds of things. To help his grandfather, Oscar writes notes, labeling everything and everyone. This helps Grandpa Monty, but it drives everyone else crazy. Oscar keeps helping his Grandpa Monty even when he forgets more things, because that's what you do when you love someone. This picture book is a sweet and delightful way for parents and children to talk about what an elderly loved one's health, and how it impacts everyone in the family. It is insightful, funny, full of energy, thoughtful, and respectful. Reviewer: Laura J. Brown
Marta Zafrilla is a teacher and an award-winning author and poet. She has published several collections of poetry in Spain and been included in multiple anthologies. Her poems and book reviews have appeared in cultural publications and she has held various jobs with advertising agencies and publishers. Miguel Angel Diez is an award-winning artist who has illustrated numerous books, including "Los animales de la lluvia," which was honored with the Ministry of Culture and Education Award in Valencia for his artwork.