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"...perfect for naptime and bedtime reading...The wide variety of vocabulary provides opportunity for children to learn new words..." -- Linda Meinelt, Ohio School Librarian
"Everyday family events and family members make up this wonderful collection of stories. The storyteller has a gift for helping the reader see the humor, fun, and excietment that abound in family life. Colorful illustrations enhance the stories beautifully, capturing the activities and personalities of this delightful intergenerational family." -- Sara Burneson, elementary language arts coordinator and elementary principal
"Great-Grandpa Fussy and the Little Puckerdoodles catches those magical everyday moments when age doesn't matter but family does. The book will delight children and their parents, grandparents, and of course great-grandparents. Mardo Williams' charming stories and Yukiko Mishima's captivating illustrations are rooted in humor, wonder, and love." -- P.M. Carlson, author of Renowned Be thy Grave
"Great-Grandpa Fussy is himself the biggest kid in these family tales, as he offers both childlike fun and parenting wisdom. Every family needs a relative so naturally tuned in to the real lives of children." -- Lilian B. Mullane, Director, Riverside Early Learning Center, NYC
"It's a fun, family read-aloud book. The names of the characters are sure to bring giggles galore." -- Victoria Grimes, Today's Family
"Mardo Williams is an author for the ages. Ms. Mishima's style is colorful, atmospheric, and primitive..." -- Ralph Gardner, Jr., New York Observer
Author Mardo Williams was born in 1905. He began his writing career in 1927 as the only reporter at the Kenton, Ohio daily, The News-Republican, eventually writing a daily business column with byline for the Columbus Dispatch.
At age 88 he wrote a book about his mother, Maude (1883-1993): She Grew Up With the Country, which captures the spirit of the century. Maude, was chosen by booksellers and librarians for inclusion in Reading Group Choices, 1999. Great-Grandpa Fussy and the Little Puckerdoodles is his first children's book, based on adventures with his great-grandchildren.
Mardo Williams, who died February 2001 at the age of 95, is the first posthumous winner of an Ohioana Library Award in 2001 'for his many accomplishments as a writer, for his constant creativity, for the outstanding role model he provided as a Fearless Life Long Learner.'
Illustrator Yukiko Mishima, formerly of Hiroshima, Japan, is a recent graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City. This multi-talented artist was chosen to design a bank in Hiroshima. She has produced and sold her own line of greeting cards, calendars, and puzzles. She is also a professional wedding cake designer. One of her dreams is to study pastry in Paris. This is her first children's book. The goal of her illustrations is to make people happy and to give them a little moment of rest.