Jan 24, 12
Read in January, 2012
Lane Smith's quirky humor, some topiaries, and you've got a winner.
A blogger I read said this was a book that was "for adults" so she resented having to purchase it because of the Caldecott Honor (2012). I can see her point, but I also wonder if this book couldn't be used to begin a conversation with a child about why grandpa or grandma, or even mom or dad doesn't always remember. Or can seem to remember things from 40 years ago, but doesn't know the child's name. More and more families have a member suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's.
Perhaps this struck a chord with me because a boy I used to ride around in wagons with playing store is having to deal with early-onset Alzheimer's with his father, who is my parent's age.
Nevertheless, while this isn't a book that all kids will understand or appreciate, I don't think it can be dismissed as purely an "adult" book. I think this one is in the same category as Pixar films-- kids and adults love and relate to them on different levels.