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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Five Lollipops for GRANDPA GREEN


GRANDPA GREEN (Roaring Brook Press 2011) by Lane Smith is the type of book that can easily turn into a family treasure, passed down from one generation to the next. This award-winning picture book offers a reading experience where the adult reader is captivated while the child is spellbound. The text and illustrations are beyond delightful.    

JACKETFLAP: Grandpa Green wasn't always a gardener. He was a farmboy and a kid with chickenpox and a soldier and, most of all, an artist. In this captivating new picture book, readers follow Grandpa Green's great-grandson into a garden he created, a fantastic world where memories are handed down in the fanciful shapes of topiary trees and imagination recreates things forgotten.In his most enigmatic and beautiful work to date, Lane Smith explores aging, memory, and the bonds of family history and love; by turns touching and whimsical, it's a stunning picture book that parents and grandparents will be sharing with children for years to come.
Who else loved the book...um, well, EVERYBODY!

Caldecott HonoBook
A New York Times BEST ILLUSTRATED BOOK
Publishers Weekly BEST CHILDREN'S BOOK 
Silver Medal Winner SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS
An Amazon BEST BOOK
A Barnes and Noble BEST BOOK
A SLJ BEST BOOK
A TIME OUT New York Kid Best Book
A JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD Selection
Starred Review Publishers Weekly
Starred Review School Library Journal
KANSAS CITY STAR Top 100 Books
"Lush and Magical" People Magazine
"An unassuming little masterpiece" as reviewed by Bruce Handy New York Times Book Review
  • Reading level: Ages 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596436077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596436077

GRANDPA GREEN earns a five lollipop rating!





Monday, June 25, 2012

Amazon's Best Books (so far) of 2012

News from Publishers Marketplace:

The ALA presented its inaugural Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction to Robert K. Massie’s Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman (Random House) and Anne Enright’s The Forgotten Waltz (Norton).
Amazon names its ten Best Books of 2012 So Far, leading off with Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers (Random House), Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl (Crown) and John Green's The Fault in Our Stars(Dutton Children's) with additional choices in a variety of categories