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The War with Grandpa (Yearling) Paperback – September 1, 1984
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Gr 3-6–More than two decades after its original publication, one of Robert Kimmel Smith's bestselling children's books (Delacorte, 1984) has been released in audio format. Peter has lived in the same room his whole life and he loves it. He also loves his grandfather. But when his grandfather moves to his house and takes his room, Peter has to relocate upstairs. Peter wants his room back, so he “declares war” and starts playing pranks on his grandfather. Grandpa knows a few pranks of his own and humorous hijinks ensue. In the end, both grandparent and child are able to face their personal losses. Nicholas Kelly does a good job of recreating Pete's authentic 10-year-old voice, perfectly capturing its rhythm and inflection. He also voices the other characters well, moving easily from old to young, and male to female. The emotions of the various characters are clearly portrayed, from grandfather's exasperation to the parents' concern and the sister's taunting. A good way to introduce an older classic to a new generation of children.Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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WINNER OF TEN STATE READING AWARDS:
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award (Vermont)
South Carolina Children's Book Award
Mark Twain Award (Missouri)
Golden Sower Award (Nebraska)
Young Hoosier Award (Indiana)
William Allen White Award (Kansas)
Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Award (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alberta)
Tennessee Children's Choice Award
Georgia Children's Book Award
Alabama Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Award
"Captures the anger and frustration that accompanies a child's inability to control his life." --School Library Journal.
Top customer reviews
From missing game pieces, under ware, school pack back, false teeth, etc the war continues. Until...a broken rocker fixes things. It is also a great lesson on journaling. The boy has an assignment to write a Journal. Lots of good writing tips are thrown into the story as told by the boy in first person. This is a great Grand son and Grand pa story. If you are a Grand Pa read this to your Grandson. It is a great read for 8-10 year olds. "Yes! War is Hell"