No ageist stereotypes here! These active grandparents are indeed on the go.

A high-energy board book celebrates intergenerational relationships.

Brief rhymes and alliteration describe what grandpas do. Young children will quickly join in on the refrain, “Go, Grandpa, go!” The grandpas are notably diverse, with a range of skin tones, hair colors, clothing, and ages represented. Four of the grandpas and one of the children wear glasses. One of the grandpas is bald; three have beards; one sports a gray mustache. The children are equally representative, with one in a wheelchair. A child in a dress plays with a firetruck; another wears both a baseball cap and bumblebee wings. A companion volume, Go, Grandma, Go! makes similar sensitive choices. A grandma shops for groceries, but so does a grandpa. If anything, the grandmas’ activities are more strenuous than their counterparts’, including sliding down a slide, sledding, surfing, and hiking. The grandpas’ most daring activities are examining a beehive (inaccurately represented) and stomping in a mud puddle. Busy illustrations against clean backgrounds fill in details and give youngsters plenty to talk about, but that refrain reminds them to turn the page. Quiet snuggle time brings a satisfying end to each book. Are two separate titles really needed? Yes—to give equal attention to both grandpas and grandmas and to serve families whose grandparents don’t come in pairs.

No ageist stereotypes here! These active grandparents are indeed on the go. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: March 10, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-5344-5224-4

Page Count: 20

Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: March 24, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2020



A joyful celebration.

Families in a variety of configurations play, dance, and celebrate together.

The rhymed verse, based on a song from the Noodle Loaf children’s podcast, declares that “Families belong / Together like a puzzle / Different-sized people / One big snuggle.” The accompanying image shows an interracial couple of caregivers (one with brown skin and one pale) cuddling with a pajama-clad toddler with light brown skin and surrounded by two cats and a dog. Subsequent pages show a wide array of families with members of many different racial presentations engaging in bike and bus rides, indoor dance parties, and more. In some, readers see only one caregiver: a father or a grandparent, perhaps. One same-sex couple with two children in tow are expecting another child. Smart’s illustrations are playful and expressive, curating the most joyful moments of family life. The verse, punctuated by the word together, frequently set in oversized font, is gently inclusive at its best but may trip up readers with its irregular rhythms. The song that inspired the book can be found on the Noodle Loaf website.

A joyful celebration. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-593-22276-8

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Rise x Penguin Workshop

Review Posted Online: Nov. 26, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2020


A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character.

One of Boynton's signature characters celebrates Halloween.

It's Halloween time, and Pookie the pig is delighted. Mom helps the little porker pick out the perfect Halloween costume, a process that spans the entire board book. Using an abcb rhyme scheme, Boynton dresses Pookie in a series of cheerful costumes, including a dragon, a bunny, and even a caped superhero. Pookie eventually settles on the holiday classic, a ghost, by way of a bedsheet. Boynton sprinkles in amusing asides to her stanzas as Pookie offers costume commentary ("It's itchy"; "It's hot"; "I feel silly"). Little readers will enjoy the notion of transforming themselves with their own Halloween costumes while reading this book, and a few parents may get some ideas as well. Boynton's clean, sharp illustrations are as good as ever. This is Pookie's first holiday title, but readers will surely welcome more.

A pleasant holiday spent with a perfectly charming character. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: July 7, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-553-51233-5

Page Count: 18

Publisher: Robin Corey/Random

Review Posted Online: July 26, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2016

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