So, a few of you have chimed in about Grandpa Green and I can see why.
The committee will have a ball talking about this book. In order for the story to be fully appreciated, the reader has to read the pictures slowly. Objects morph into other things—tears into garden hose water, bush into cannon. Beyond recalling his grandfather’s life, what is the boy doing? Collecting lost objects in the garden and returning them to the grandfather. On that last spread, look carefully; See where the glasses are now? The glove? The hat? Isn’t that fun? Though the back of the garden is faded, everything on this page is found in the body of the book. It’s all in order, baby on the left, wedding cake on the right. Pretty neat. I do not see the factory-like grandchildren, though. Why not?
The art itself is fresh and imaginative, using line, shadow and color in exciting ways, Digital and other paints and inks play well with each other and the negative spaces between topiary and trees is rich.
So, if you have read this—or seen the spreads at various websites—what do you think? Is this a picture book for children or is it for their parents and grandparents? Does it matter? Is it for both? If you have shared this with children, how do they react? What do they make of the elephant, prominent on the cover and two pages, but not actually in the life of the older man?