The Granny-Man

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Simon is a very old cat who's just about ready to give up after a long and fulfilling life. But his family has a creative solution to get rid of Simon's doldrums: a new kitten! The unexpected companion lifts Simon's spirits and gives him lots to do and lots to look forward to. Simon's caring ways with the kitten earn him a nickname—and a place in the hearts of readers of all ages.

Judith Byron Schachner's inimitable charcoal-and-watercolor pictures capture to expressive ...

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Overview

Simon is a very old cat who's just about ready to give up after a long and fulfilling life. But his family has a creative solution to get rid of Simon's doldrums: a new kitten! The unexpected companion lifts Simon's spirits and gives him lots to do and lots to look forward to. Simon's caring ways with the kitten earn him a nickname—and a place in the hearts of readers of all ages.

Judith Byron Schachner's inimitable charcoal-and-watercolor pictures capture to expressive perfection the quirks that make cats such delightful, lovable pets and very special family members. A priceless cat's-eye perspective on aging and intergenerational friendship, The Grannyman proves that there is just no limit to the power of love given and received. This is the book for anyone who has ever lived with and loved a cat.

Ms. Schachner has written and illustrated two other books for children, Mr. Emerson's Cook and Willy and May, and she illustrated I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie, by Alison Jackson.

Simon the cat is so old that most of his parts have stopped working, but just when he is ready to breathe his last breath, his family brings home a new kitten for him to raise.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
"Simon was an old cat." So begins this moving and celebratory story of a cat. From the opening sentence, readers are set up to fall in love with Simon, the cat--and they do. They love him despite his blindness, his messiness, and the impositions his aged behavior puts on his loving family. As readers get to know Simon's history through the eyes of his family, they get a sense of the kind of cat Simon really is. At the story's end, when Simon's rejuvenation is at hand, readers cheer the spirit that still breathes within the old cat. This beautifully told and lovingly illustrated picture book is a treasure that will speak equally eloquently to cat lovers and families with beloved aged relatives.
Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Blind, deaf, and extremely arthritic, Simon, an elderly Siamese cat, is ready to call it quits after a long and happy life of furniture scratching, plant pruning, and mouse catching. Despite his family's deep love (they even submitted to "stinky old cat breath" in their faces when Simon chose to share their beds), his independent spirit becomes depressed as he needs more and more help in his daily life. Suspecting his decision to give up on life, his family plops a new kitten on his chest, and Simon puts his own worries on the back burner. Rejuvenated, he shows the kitten the facts of life at the milk saucer and the litter box. As his nurturing skills emerge, his loving family nicknames him "the Grannyman." Schachner's warm, emotional text is echoed in her softly colored illustrations, clearly depicting the contrast between joyous young Simon (seen in flashbacks) and his diminished elderly self. Owners of aged pets will surely "Aw!" at Simon's plight and resurrection. An endearingly sentimental tale.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
From Schachner (Mr. Emerson's Cook, 1998, etc.), a book tailored to cat lovers, as those best versed to appreciate the many subtle feline endearments caught in these pages. Simon is an aged Siamese: "With the exception of his nose, most of his parts had stopped working long ago." He shuffles about the house and is treated as royalty by the family who cares for him. He regales readers with the life he has so richly lived: the "fluffy works of art" he sculpted out of the back of the sofa, the plants he pruned, and children he taught to be good cats. He supposes that the time has come for him to sail off into the great unknown, until his family deposits a bundle—a Siamese kitten—in his lap. As Simon shows the kitten the ropes, he figures there is no need to make his exit just yet, and earns the new name, Grannyman, for his parenting skills. Schachner's artwork is tender and apt, capturing nuances in the postures struck, the cock of the head, the bend of the tail. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525461227
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 433,844
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.41 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Schachner
Judy Schachner

Judith Byron Schachner lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

    The Grannyman

    This is a children's book that adults will appreciate more. Older adults will especially be able to relate to Simon. Judy Schachner tells the story in simple language, but still touches the reader. I love the book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2002

    anyone with a cat would love this book

    We picked this book up at the library because of the cat picture on the front cover. Little did I know how hard it would be to read! I teared up on every page!! It is an incredible story that anyone who has loved and cherished a pet would enjoy. I went right out and bought us our own copy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2001

    Everyone should have a Grannyman cat!

    Anyone who has ever had a grumpy old Siamese cat knows that the whole family can cater to them, but nothing perks them up like new blood. Beautiful, bright drawings.

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