A granddaughter wants to find the perfect chair to cheer her grandfather up but learns it’s the company you sit with that matters most.
Grandpa used to love sitting on the couch and reading, but not anymore. His granddaughter, a little brunette with pigtail poofs, assumes the couch itself is the cause for his discontent, so she takes him furniture shopping. Together they test and measure their options until Grandpa orders a custom-built chair—that’s too fancy to use. Hoping to lift his spirits, the peach-complexioned girl suggests the park, where, as they sit side by side on a stump and read, Grandpa finds his happy place. Playful end pages showcase the artist’s strength at creating attractive and unusual elements with simple colors and patterns. This naïve style is applied with skill; however, the artist’s use of digital tools to collage her elements yields work that lacks the spontaneity of analog. The girl’s ebullience and the sheer good-heartedness of the story help to compensate for this. Observant readers may find cause for Grandpa’s sadness, as framed pictures show Grandpa with a smiling, gray-haired woman who is absent from the story.
Pak’s heartening tale about intergenerational caring warms the soul. (Picture book. 3-7)