If you thought it was no longer possible to come across a totally original children’s book, then you haven’t read Grandpa Green ($16.99, Roaring Brook Press, ages 5 and up). The story is told through the voice of a great-grandson of a talented gardener. The gardener’s life unfolds through imagery of the many topiaries he created in his garden. From childhood experiences to war, marriage, children and old age, this is a most creative way to illustrate a man’s life. You’ll find yourself looking at the pictures for a long time.
The book is written and illustrated by talented Caldecott Honor Medalist, Lane Smith (of bestselling It’s a Book fame). Grandparents everywhere will certainly enjoy reading this imaginative picture book to their grandchildren.
- Review by Debbie Glade