The War with Grandpa

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The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith, Richard Lauter

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE! The hilarious story of a boy who leaps into battle when he’s forced to share a room with his grandfather.

Peter is thrilled that Grandpa is coming to live with his family. That is, until Grandpa moves right into Peter’s room, forcing him upstairs.
Peter loves his grandpa but wants his room back. He has no choice but to declare war! With the help of his friends, Peter devises outrageous plans to make Grandpa surrender the room. But Grandpa is tougher than he looks. Rather than give in, Grandpa plans to get even.
They used to be such great pals. Has their war gone too far?

"Peter tells this story with honesty and humor....By the story's end, Peter has learned much about the causes and effects of war—and human dignity."-School Library Journal

"The humor of the story derives from Peter's first-person account and from the reader's recognition of Peter's valiant effort to maintain two mutually exclusive emotions."-The Horn Book Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440492764
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/28/1984
Edition description: Reprinted
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 45,906
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 7.69(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Award-winning author Robert Kimmel Smith has written several popular books for children, including Chocolate FeverThe War with GrandpaBobby BaseballJelly BellyMostly Michael, and The Squeaky Wheel. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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An Excerpt from The War with Grandpa

      This is the true and real story of what happened when Grandpa came to live
      with us and took my room and how I went to war with him and him with me
      and what happened after that.

      I am typing it out on paper without lines on my dad's typewriter because
      Mrs. Klein, she's my 5th grade English teacher, said that we should write
      a story about something important that happened to us and to tell it "true
      and real" and put in words that peoples said if we can remember and to put
      quote marks around them and everything....

      My little sister, Jennifer, just came in and asked me what I'm doing and
      I told her....

      "I think you should begin with me," Jenny said, "because I found out Grandpa
      was coming to live here before you even knew about it."

      "Good idea," I said.

      "And put in the story that I am very beautiful with long blond hair and
      lovely blue eyes."

      "I just did."

      "Now you'll have a good story," she said.

Table of Contents

1.Peter Stokes's True and Real Story1
2.The Beginning5
3.A Room Without Gloom9
4.The Deadly Dinner11
5.Sad and Blue as the Sky17
6.I Promise20
7.Bits and Pieces22
8.Night Fright26
9.Grandpa Jack30
10.Another Night, Another Fright35
11.Only a Dope Will Mope36
12.A Little Help from My Friends39
13.A Light in the Attic43
14.War Is Declared!!!45
15.It Takes Two Sides to Fight a War50
16.The First Strategy Conference52
17.Night Attack54
18.The First Peace Conference57
19.A Flag of Truce60
20.A Slippery Customer64
21.Strategy and Supplies67
23.Time Out for Jenny75
24.A Dirty Trick79
25.And Dirty Words84
26.Rocker and Roll88
27.Go Fish93
28.Playing Hardball100
29.Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop104
30.Jenny the Spy106
31.The Shoe Drops ... Kerplunk!111
32.The Last Strategy Conference118
33.The Last Attack121
34.War's End124
35.Bottoms Up129
36.Building the Peace134
37.For My Teacher139

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The War with Grandpa 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a prettu good book so far,if you read twice than before you fell a connection and discover new things that you didnt before.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book last year in 4th grade and it was really entertaining and had a lot of action. It was funny too.
Amy Thue More than 1 year ago
Good story I would say.
Mimi Cortes More than 1 year ago
I bought this book yesterday and now i have to buy it again in order to read it
apb22 More than 1 year ago
great book
diskrybe More than 1 year ago
I am from India, a place where traditionally, there would be nothing remarkable in having one grandparent or both staying with the family -- although, in recent years urban society has tended to favor the western model. When my daughter's teacher picked this book as a reading choice for my daughter with autism, I wondered how big of a cultural divide I would have to leap. But I was pleasantly surprised. This is an utterly charming and convincing story told from a child's perspective. It awakens empathy in children. And it reminds adults that lessons in coexistence are either learned early or not at all.
Readerwarrior More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because it was funny and I liked the story. I didn't think the grandfather was going to go to war with his grandson over a room. This book helped me with my relationship with my brother. It taught me not to fight with my family over something dumb. I can now handle when my little brother goes into my room to touch my toys. I think that this book is entertaining for the whole family.
cinammonbunny More than 1 year ago
my language arts teacher read the war with grandpa out loud to my class and i thought it was realy funny!!! i recommend this to people who like funny books.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really good book.What made it so good is that it was really detailed.It also tought important lessons like 'You should never fight with your kins' and 'Values of family'
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think this book is ok ....because you should not fight over a room with someone who loves you alot more. you can get to share the room and that what i didnt not get i would have put a 4 but my frined think it can be a 5 i think that book could have more thing cuz fight wit fimy is wrong and i would ever do that to my grandma and thats all we have to say. i think the war with grandpa was agreat book because i learned that i should never have a war with your family or your was the greatest book i have ever read in my life was a fantastic book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Our class read this book and it was a great remark.At first we thougt that grandpa was going to war,well it was war with his grandson.It was a fasinating story & you will surely enjoy it.Only if you like,its not our oppion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was great to read it was also very ,very funny. It was also sad, at sometime of the book !!!war with grandpa is an awsome book & it had a great title..
Guest More than 1 year ago
The war with grandpa was a good book seeing as it had humor included with a lesson. This book showed that war is just not about fun. War really hurts. war should be used in very strong occasions. You shoud never go to war with your kin.It can be very hurtful and offendive to the family member or members.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This should be read by all kids of any age because it teaches family values.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think 'The war with Grandpa' was awsome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i liked how peter played his tricks and how grandpa faught back
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best book to read when you`re mad at your grandpa!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Thought this was a exelcent book. I really enjoyed it. Its so good I am choosing to do my book report on it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the fifth grade our class read together this story. It was realistic and Pete and his Grandpa had a very funny 'war,' with a creative resolution to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pete's grandpa comes to live at his house. Grandpa got to have Pete's room. Grandpa is sad because his wife died. Now Pete wants his room. Then they stared playing very mean tricks on each other. Will they ever get along?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book keeps the reader flipping pages to find out what the next trick will be. Although it is a fun read, the story line doesn't have much pizzazz.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter is thrilled to learn his Grandpa Jack is coming up from Florida to live with him and his family.That is ,until Grandpa moves right in to Peter's room forcing him upstairs.Peter does not want to loose his room,so he asks his friends for advice His friends tell him to start guerilla warfare with his Grandpa Jack.Rather than give in,Grandpa tries to get even on his own.They used to be such great pals.Has their war gone to far?My book is called The War with Grandpa.It is excellent with you like to play tricks on people.The main character is a young boy named Peter with his friends Billy and Steven they get even with his Grandpa.My book goes into great detail about the war between the two.That is why I gave it 4 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a heartwarming story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was funny but it wasn't the best. It was a quick read for me. I had to read it for school and it was somewhat enjoyable. It was funny but I think that the kid shoud've respected the the grandpa a bit more. On a scale of 1-10 this book would be (in my opinion) a 7. I would reccomend this book to children in 4th grade who like a good laugh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago