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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 410L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reissue edition (May 21, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688070353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688070359
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 9.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grandpa's wildly exaggerated stories of his school days make his grandchildren feel better about their own. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

James Stevenson is an op-ed contributor to the New York Times. His popular column, "Lost and Found New York," has appeared regularly in the newspaper since 2003. He was on the staff of The New Yorker for more than three decades; his work includes 2,000 cartoons and 80 covers, as well as reporting and fiction. He is also the author and illustrator of over 100 children's books. He lives in Connecticut.


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This story is great for encouraging primary kids to use their imaginations.
Jenltd
Having read this book helped me through some of life's greatest challenges knowing that no matter how bad things seem, it truly COULD BE WORSE!!!
Mrs. Barnes
I'm ordering more copies for gifts for other grand parents to share with their grandkids!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is one of James Stevenson's cleverest and most outrageous books, even though it follows a familiar formula: Once again, grandchildren Mary Ann and Louie visit their unflappable "Grandpa" with a problem, and he tells them a tall tale to put things into perspective--albeit a very wacky perspective! The kids complain of a splinter, a lost kite, and a flat tire, and Grandpa responds each time with the seemingly boring "Could be worse..." The two grandchildren think that this nonresponsive reply is due to the boring life Grandpa leads.

It's the perfect set-up for the signature Stevenson story, in which Grandpa matter-of-factly tells them about an incredible adventure he once had. (Often these stories involve his little brother Wainey, although he does not appear in this story). Grandpa, while eating breakfast with the kids, begins"

"Last night, when I was asleep, a large bird pulled me out of bed and took me for a long ride [the reader turns the page] and dropped me in the mountains." In this same unflappable style, Grandpa weaves together a story that includes an abominable snowman, a scaly beast who crushes him, a blob of marmalade (!) who chases him, a gigantic ostrich who kicks him into the sea, an "enormous goldfish," a safe refuge in a large cup, a "gigantic lobster," and a sea turtle who rescues him. Finally, he discovers a giant newspaper upon which he flies back home. He asks the kids "Now what do you think of that?" On the last page, they hug him and shout: "COULD BE WORSE!" By the way, on the next page, young hands had written in pencil "it could."

What's interesting here is how Stevenson's tone makes this all sound like it really happened, even though a dream is strongly implied.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amy Marshall on July 17, 2000
Format: Library Binding
As a child, this was one of my favorite books. As an adult, working in a daycare, I became frustrated with the books available to me and the lack of imagination I saw in many of the children. I found a copy of this book in the library and began reading it to the children daily. It was not only an instant hit but in no time I began to hear stories from them of wild dreams and exciting fanticies. They were just as inspired as I had been at their age. This is truly a timeless and imaginative story with the unique ability to teach both optimism and creativity.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "molly_molly" on December 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book and "The Giving Tree" have always been 2 of my favorite children's books. The thing that makes them great is that the stories teach you valuable lessons at a very young age, that you never forget. I read this book in elementary school, and now at the age of 25 still think of it when things get bad, cuz they could ALWAYS be worse!!! My mom and I still refer to this book to this day, and now I'm buying it for my 5 year old nephew! I just hope he appreciates it as much as I do!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Barnes on May 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
I loved this book as a first grader and still do 26 years later. I could relate to the grandpa in the story - he seemed identical to mine. I enjoyed Stevenson's imagination and creativity and still appreciate the life message "could be worse" as an adult. Having read this book helped me through some of life's greatest challenges knowing that no matter how bad things seem, it truly COULD BE WORSE!!! They're words to live by! I now share this book with my first graders. It truly inspires their own creativity and opens up their minds. They too have learned that things could always be worse!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janine B. Ruff Sr. on March 24, 2006
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I'm always looking for little stories that encourage my children to bounce back from the hits that life can dish out sometimes. This little book did that in a fun way. The little old grandpa has a "bounce back" attitude, he's got a great sense of humor, and he's going to pass it on to his grandchildren. After reading the book, my young daughter had fun making up her own version of the story and proclaiming over and over, "It could be worse!"
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book has been one of my favorites for as long as I can remember. My Dad read it to me when I was younger, and whenever I read it now, it takes me back to my youth. Stevenson is a real master at unifying his words and illustrations. It's almost a whimsical book, but doesn't suffer from the treacly sweetness that bogs down so many childrens books. I can't think of another childrens book I like better. Unless it's one of Stevenson's other books, such as The Seaside Hotel. The guy's brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shanna A. Gonzalez on August 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
Nothing new ever happens at Grandfather's house, and his favorite response to everything is "Could be worse!" One day he overhears his grandchildren wondering if anything interesting ever happens to him, and the next morning he greets them with a tremendously tall tale involving a kidnapping by a large bird, an encounter with an abominable snowman, a journey to the bottom of the sea, and a ride on a paper airplane. It becomes evident at the end of his story that his is gently pulling the children's legs, and they respond with appropriate teasing: "Could be worse!"

The story is well paced, nicely crafted and easy to read, but what really makes it fun is Stevenson's whimsical, funny artwork. The gentle relationship between Grandfather and his grandchildren is positive and warm, and children will enjoy this flight of fancy, grounded in the context of a secure relationship. It's not a classic, but certainly worth reading a few times.
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