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Grandma's Smile [Hardcover]

Randy Siegel , DyAnne DiSalvo
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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2–What is a boy willing to do to help his grandmother find her smile? The hero of this story patiently endures long lines at the airport check in, security gate, and boarding area, and a long flight. After all, when it comes to helping Grandma, “a guy's gotta do what a guy's gotta do.” The message is delivered through the delightful voice of a precocious six-year-old who is sure that what he is doing is important. DiSalvo's watercolor illustrations bring to life Siegel's self-assured protagonist and his journey from the wintery north to his grandmother's arms. As the boy leaves his homey apartment on his journey to where his grandmother waits, the gray skies outside the airport gradually change to the sunny skies over her retirement community. As a result, readers feel as if they have accomplished a journey along with the undaunted boy and his mother.–Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UTα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

A six-year-old boy gets a call from his grandmother, who has lost her smile and asks him to help her find it. A few days later, he and his mother go to the airport, and after waiting in lines for boarding passes, security, the bathroom, and food, they fly to where Grandma is waiting. When she sees him, her smile returns. The boy’s narration combines naive and world-weary statements. On the one hand is his apparent belief that his grandmother has literally misplaced her smile. Then there are precocious statements: “I’m only patient because there’s no point in being impatient. . . . I have to be professional.” Still, this picture book accurately reflects many kids’ experiences of airports, because it emphasizes the tedium of waiting as well as the long hallways, moving walkways, stairs, and escalators traversed. DiSalvo’s mixed-media illustrations capture the child’s experience with emotional warmth and rewarding attention to detail. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan

Review

Examiner.com Top 10 award-winning children’s books make perfect holiday gifts, November 29, 2010

PARADE Picks, August 29, 2010

“Randy Siegel and illustrator DyAnne DiSalvo perfectly capture the bond between children and their grandparents in this charming picture book about a little boy who sets out to find his grandmother’s lost smile.” –PARADE magazine

“Kids who have traveled will identify with all the details and hassles of traveling.”—Examiner.com, Top 10 Books of 2010 for Kids

“Happy watercolors, wry humor and a fine sense of family will please weary young travelers—and their grandmas.” –Cleveland Plain Dealer

“DiSalvo’s watercolor illustrations bring to life Siegel’s self-assured protagonist and his journey from the wintery north to his grandmother’s arms.” –School Library Journal

“A wry and contemporary reality check on the going-to-Grandma's genre.” –Publishers Weekly

“Long-distance grandmothers everywhere will sympathize with Grandma as she searches for her lost smile in her grandson’s picture, among his toys and in his bedroom, just as they will rejoice in the pair’s loving reunion; those who read this may try a similar trick.” –Kirkus Reviews

“This picture book accurately reflects many kids’ experiences of airports, because it emphasizes the tedium of waiting as well as the long hallways, moving walkways, stairs, and escalators traversed. DiSalvo’s mixed-media illustrations capture the child’s experience with emotional warmth and rewarding attention to detail.” –Booklist

About the Author

Randy Siegel is President of Local Digital Strategy for Advance Publications and its newspapers and affiliated websites in 35 cities.
 
Prior to that, Siegel was President of Parade Publications and Publisher of PARADE. As a writer, Siegel's articles and essays have appeared in several newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY, and Newsweek. His first children's book, Grandma's Smile, was published in 2010 by Neil Porter and Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan) and was a best-seller on Amazon as well as BarnesandNoble.com. His second children's book, My Snake Blake, will be published by Neal Porter and Roaring Brook in June.


DyAnne DiSalvo is the author and/or illustrator of more than fifty books for children. Her first novel, The Sloppy Copy Slipup, was nominated for five Young Reader state awards. You can usually find her working in her studio near Philadelphia, PA. Visit her at dyannedisalvo.com.
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