Lucky Pennies and Hot Chocolate with Grandpa

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A boy and his grandfather are going to spend a weekend together, and they will share their favorite (and not-so-favorite) things. They won't be wearing any fancy clothes or eating any funny-looking food-if they can avoid it. But they'll be trading knock-knock jokes, drinking hot chocolate, watching machines at a construction site, and lots more. Grandparents and grandchildren alike will see themselves in these appealing characters.

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Overview

A boy and his grandfather are going to spend a weekend together, and they will share their favorite (and not-so-favorite) things. They won't be wearing any fancy clothes or eating any funny-looking food-if they can avoid it. But they'll be trading knock-knock jokes, drinking hot chocolate, watching machines at a construction site, and lots more. Grandparents and grandchildren alike will see themselves in these appealing characters.

A grandfather and his grandson enjoy sharing knock-knock jokes, playing games, hot chocolate, watching movies, reading books, playing baseball and just spending time together.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
How does a grandfather enjoy time with his grandson (and vice versa)? Shields (Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp) counts the ways in this winsome picture book. "My favorite person in the world is coming for a visit," the narrator announces as a cheery watercolor illustration depicts grandfather and grandson greeting each other. The narrator then imagines all the fun things in store: sharing knock-knock jokes, snacks ("We love hot chocolate, with as many marshmallows as we want!"), a game of dominoes ("I hate to lose. Come on, just one more game") and a ride in the car with the top down ("Even when it's freezing"). But as the list of favorite pursuits draws to a close, readers will be surprised to learn who has been doing the talking. Skillfully blending warmth and youthful exuberance, Shields's lighthearted and immediate text holds appeal for a wide range of readers. Debut illustrator Nakata serves up a series of perky vignettes that seemingly dance on the white page. She creates a coziness with loose lines, homey details and plenty of smiling faces--something like a blend of the styles of Elisha Cooper, Holly Berry and Jennifer Plecas. If her approach is not wholly original, it's pleasing and easily captures the protagonists' tenderness and talent for fun. Ages 3-7. (Aug.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature
This loving story features a grandfather and his grandson as they thoroughly enjoy an overnight visit. The fun begins with the sharing of knock-knock jokes. Then they take a walk to see the huge hole being dug down the street and celebrate finding a penny that is heads-up for luck. A lunch of peanut butter sandwiches with hot chocolate is followed with washing up and a game of dominoes. Other adventures include riding in the car with the top down and watching television movies. After a delicious breakfast of super-scrumptious banana-raisin-marshmallow-surprise pancakes, they play ball and work on a joint project. The colorful pictures bounce around the pages showing the exuberance this pair experiences when they are together. A surprise twist at the end emphasizes the closeness of this special relationship. 2000, Dutton,
School Library Journal
PreS-K-This charming story shows what happens when "my favorite person in the world" comes for a visit. A boy and his grandfather like to tell knock-knock jokes (four are included), watch heavy machinery at work, cook, play dominoes, read a good book, and work on taking toys apart and putting them back together again. But, says the narrator, his guest hates to lose at games, and doesn't like kissy movies or cleaning up. The cozy and energetic relationship is echoed in the exuberant, loosely rendered watercolor illustrations that provide many enjoyable details. The short, punchy sentences; fresh, humorous language; and snappy ending will all involve readers. "Here's what I like. I like lucky pennies, hot chocolate, and knock-knock jokes. And my grandson does, too." It's a nice reversal of our assumptions about the narrator. Perfect and perfectly delightful.-Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Anticipating the visit of a favorite person is half the fun. Planning all the things he likes to do, the narrator of this celebration of childhood, includes telling knockknock jokes, visiting a construction site, picking up lucky pennies, drinking hot chocolate, cooking, eating and cleaning up together, and just having a good time. What the narrator doesn't like is putting on scratchy dressup clothes, eating "funnylooking food," or watching movies that are too "kissy." Shields (Martian Rock, 1999, etc.) tells the story from the narrator's point of view and then delivers a punchy surprise ending for this absolutely charming tale of grandfather and grandson. Nakata's gentle watercolors for her first picturebook illustrations are alive with color, movement, and humor. They support and extend the text with funny little bits that provoke a grin and a chuckle. The love this grandfather and grandchild have for each other fills every page. A good readaloud selection for the younger crowd and a nice addition to grandparents' collections of books to share. (Picture book. 37)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525464501
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.28 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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