Comfortable and happy together, William and Grandpa enjoy their visit, sharing the pleasures of star gazing on a balmy night and drinking hot chocolate before bed. The intergenerational theme and appealing characters--fit, jocular Grandpa and adoring grandson--give the slice-of-life story resonance. Dabcovich's bright pictures reinforce and extend the text, with a lush warm-weather setting contrasted with Grandpa's cozy, old-fashioned house. William's visit is one worth repeating. Ages 4-6. (May)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- The first day of William's visit with his grandfather is pictured in intimate, cozy detail. Although William is old enough to take the bus by himself, he is portrayed with such wide-eyed wonder that he will seem very natural to listeners as young as three. Grandpa meets him at the station, and they walk home singing and jumping on their shadows. While Grandpa makes chili, William uses shaving lather to make a white mustache. After supper they share a family story, the starry night, and hot chocolate. The continuity of generations and the warm relationship between children and the elderly are communicated equally through story and pictures. Schertle has a good ear for dialogue and descriptive sound that will make this a pleasure to read aloud. Dabcovich's watercolor and crayons capture light and mood in quick, sketch-like illustrations that vary pleasingly in their arrangement. This book shares many of the virtues of Stolz' Storm in the Night (Harper, 1988), but can be used with younger children. Although it is set in palm-tree country, it will have universal appeal. --Carolyn Caywood, Virginia Beach Pub . Lib .