Children and grandparents both get input about their proper respective roles in this small French import. In fine-lined vignettes, several per page, Capdevila portrays a single family with a few extras trotted in now and then, demonstrating particular aspects or variations of the grandparent/grandchild relationship. Fournier le Ray explains in brief captions and headers that some grandparents are always busy, while others have a little free time, and some seem to have an endless quantity; some “are always there to make us feel better,” but some tire easily, while others go on and on, and so forth. In sum, “grandparents are important! It’s because of them that we get together as a family. It’s because of them that we are a family!” Can’t argue with that. Particularly useful for clueless elders and for children who are a little hazy on family ties beyond those of sibs and parents; this makes an upbeat alternative to such thematic cousins as Shelly Rotner’s Lots of Grandparents (2001), or Margaret Wild’s Our Granny (1994). (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: March 1, 2003

ISBN: 1-929132-46-8

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Kane Miller

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2003

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Full of humor and action, with easily recognizable emotions.


A nearly wordless graphic picture book illustrates the angst of a fledgling whose parent is determined to see it take its first flight.

The double-page spread encompassing the title page shows a small, comical bird sitting in a nest of twigs, dubiously eyeing a larger bird who flies above it with a facial expression of avian bliss. There follows a series of panels that show long-distance views of the larger bird gracefully landing in the nest occupied by, apparently, its progeny. The next double-page spread shows a single aerial view, with the little bird gazing far down to the earth. On the ensuing pages, the little bird exhibits high anxiety and clings to its parent with a large speech bubble that proclaims the titular “NOPE!” Over the course of the book, the little one—through pastel-tinged images in thought bubbles—imagines all the possible terrors it may encounter venturing from the nest, while its parent continues to encourage it to leave. There are occasional sound-effect words, such as “shake” and “flap,” and there is a full page of “no” in several different languages. Most of the story is told exclusively with the funny facial expressions and body language of two birds at cross purposes. The simple message is clear, and the humorous animals are foregrounded against pretty green and blue watercolor settings. Naturally, “nope” eventually changes to “yep.”

Full of humor and action, with easily recognizable emotions. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Jan. 17, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-101-99731-4

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: Aug. 30, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2016

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When her three sons call in sick on the day of the big Fourth of July parade, Billy’s spunky Grandma takes on their job of driving the family garbage truck. Aiming primarily for humor, but falling short, Grandma and Billy’s adventure proves perilous from the moment Grandma leaves the driveway, as she immediately plows through a mail box, rose beds, a flag and even a clothesline without noticing. In a twist, these items pile up on the garbage truck, transforming it into an award-winning float in the town’s parade. Obviously, Clark hopes readers will see the humor in Grandma’s blissful oblivion; however, there is a noticeable disconnect between Clark’s levity and Huntington’s realistic illustrations, which clearly picture the faces of those with property damage as anything but laughing. Off-target and maybe even offensive to those with older loved ones. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: April 1, 2006

ISBN: 0-89272-698-9

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Down East

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2006

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