Author Ed Shankman and illustrator Dave O'Neill began creating their award-winning children's books in New England, with stories on Boston, Cape Cod, Maine, and Vermont. In 2011 they turned their attention to New Orleans, Louisiana, and in 2013 they travel to the Sunshine State, Florida! This sunny, happy, and lovingly humorous story follows a child alligator, who lives in NYC, as he visits his grandma in her Florida home. "I love my grandma and grandma loves me," he says, as they visit the beach, and theme parks, and, best of all, walk and talk and enjoy each other's company. Everyone will find something in the story to remind them of their own relationships with beloved grandparents or grandchildren. With bouncing rhymes and colorful illustrations, grandparents, parents and children are sure to love reading this story again and again!
About the Author
Ed Shankman was born in the Bronx, New York, and lives today in Verona, New Jersey. As a creative director in the advertising industry, he has directed creative efforts for some of the world's best-known companies. Beyond the office, he has always spent his time chasing creative inspiration as a writer, guitar player, and painter. With illustrator Dave O'Neill, he has created nine winning children's titles for Commonwealth Editions, an imprint of Applewood Books.
Dave O'Neill is an Illustrator and Art Director. Throughout the years, Dave has worked with several advertising and marketing agencies as a graphic designer for children's brands.He also moonlights with an improv comedy troupe and designs toys in his spare time. More of Dave's workcan be found on his art blog, at oneilldave.blogspot.com. Dave has a pet Seagull named Sully. Or does he? (he doesn't) Does he? Today, Dave is a husband to a cool girl and a father to a cool, smaller girl.
What People are Saying About This
"My Grandma Lives in Florida is a treasure. A fantastic children's book set to detailed and sophisticated (and occasionally wild) verse in the best Seussian tradition. . . as good as anything put out these days for the 2-6 set."
The Jewish Press
"You, or your child, might have a grandmother that lives in Florida. You, or your child, might not. Regardless, there is a relationship between grandmothers and their grandchildren unlike any other, and that connection is what Verona-based author Ed Shankman and Montclair-based illustrator Dave O'Neill sought to capture on the pages of their newest book . . ."
Montclair NJ Times
"Author Ed Shankman and illustrator Dave O'Neill have done a fantastic job in creating this fun book for children ages two to seven. In this book - My Grandma Lives in Florida - young readers can follow a child on his visit to his grandmother's house in Florida. The book uses Seussian rhymes and rhythms, affectionate humor, and dazzling illustrations to present a child's-eye view of the grandmother/grandson relationship. Although meant for young children, I loved reading the book and admired the colorful illustrations - and, my grandchild keeps asking me to read the book to him over and over again.
The book is also permeated by Florida's sunny disposition. One fine example reads "That sun warms each beach it can reach/And rest assured, it reaches each/It shines on every manatee/From Tampa Bay to Longboat Key." Both men believe this fable will capture the hearts of children and grandmother's everywhere (It did mine!)."
“The many rhymes that generously grace the pages of My Grandma Lives in Florida will captivate any child for hours on end. This book is unique . . . not like all the other ‘bed time stories for kids.’ Happy and Entertaining. The graphics are exquisitely detailed . . . all small children will pleasantly be entertained with fun hours of reading.” Grandmahomebloggers.com
"Read this book and smile. 'My Grandma Lives in Florida' by Ed Shankman, illustrated by Dave O'Neill, chronicles in rhyming verse the traditional visit to Florida during the winter. Here, the grandmother, son and grandson are a loving trio of alligators. The book speaks to that powerful connection between grandmothers and grandchildren, full of its own distinctive gestures and language and pleasure."
The Jewish Week
"One of the reasons I love My Grandma Lives in Florida, is because it touches on pieces of my own personal story. I had a grandma that used to live in Florida when I was young, and I remember vividly our visits to see her, and the amazing adventure I always had when I was there with her at the beach or having breakfast with her and her friends. I cherish those times now that my grandmother is no longer with us, and this book brought back a flood of precious memories."
“Seeing the green scaly skin and long snouts on the characters, you might not guess at first that Ed Shankman’s latest book is about a child’s visit to his grandmother in the Sunshine State inspired, in fact, by his own two Jewish bubbes, one assimilated and sophisticated, the other the embodiment of Yiddishkeit to her core.
‘Both these women were amazingly influential in my life, taught me all kinds of stuff, and showered me with unconditional love and appreciation,’ he told NJ Jewish News. ‘The grandma in the story is a composite of them both.’
In My Grandma Lives in Florida, done with illustrator Dave O’Neill, adoring old ladies and gators get merrily blended through rhyme.”
New Jersey Jewish News