Grandpa Green by Lane Smith

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From the creator of the national bestseller It's a Book comes a timeless story of family history, legacy, and love.

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.

Grandpa Green is a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Picture Books title for 2011.

One of School Library Journal's Best Picture Books of 2011.


About Lane Smith

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Lane Smith has written and illustrated a bunch of stuff, including It's a Book; John, Paul, George & Ben and Madam President. His titles with Jon Scieszka have included the Caldecott Honor-winner The Stinky Cheese Man; The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs; Math Curse; and Science Verse. Lane's other high profile titles include Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky; The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders; Big Plans by Bob Shea; and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. In 1996 Lane served as Conceptual Designer on the Disney film version of James and the Giant Peach. Lane also wrote and illustrated the retro, cult favorites, The Happy Hocky Family and The Happy Hocky Family Moves to the Country. Like the Hocky family, he and book designer Molly Leach live in a little town in the country.
Published August 30, 2011 by Roaring Brook Press. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Watering a garden, pulling a wagon, collecting dropped gardening gloves and tools, a little fellow works in an amazing topiary world made of memories.

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Publishers Weekly

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In this reflective tale, Smith (It's a Book) departs from his customary irony to muse on the memories, talents, and traditions passed down through generations.

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The Wall Street Journal

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He has softened the book considerably for toddlers in a new board-book version, "It's a Little Book" (Roaring Brook, 20 pages, $7.99).

Aug 27 2011 | Read Full Review of Grandpa Green


Grandpa Green is very old.

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City Book Review

The child narrating the touching, whimsical story Grandpa Green knows a lot about his great-grandfather’s life.

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Common Sense Media

There's lots to look at as the boy recounts how the man grew up on a farm (we see a topiary carrot), got chicken pox in fourth grade (red berries on a green bush shaped like a boy), went to war (a topiary airplane and a man descending in a parachute), got married, had grandkids, etc.

Aug 30 2011 | Read Full Review of Grandpa Green

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Shelf Awareness

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K-Gr 3—A child relates the story of his great-grandfather's life as it had been told to him in Smith's poignant story (Roaring Brook, 2011) about childhood on a farm, dreams and imagination, and a life filled with loving memories. Gro

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