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A Plan for Pops

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  198 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Lou spends every Saturday with Grandad and Pops. They walk to the library hand in hand, like a chain of paper dolls. Grandad reads books about science and design, Pops listens to rock and roll, and Lou bounces from lap to lap. But everything changes one Saturday. Pops has a fall. That night there is terrible news: Pops will need to use a wheelchair, not just for now, but ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 19th 2019 by Orca Book Publishers
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I really LOVED this story! A Plan for Pops follows Lou, who goes to visit Grandad and Pops each Saturday. The trio have a comfortable routine of eating breakfast together, then heading out to walk to the library.

Next it's time for lunch, then Lou listens to stories from Pop (until Pop dozes off)

before tinkering on inventions with Grandad.

Unfortunately, one Saturday, Pops takes a tumble as they're leaving to go to the library. His fall is serious enough that he'll be in a wheelchair for
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautiful story about family values, and others values as well (respect perseverance, patience, and more). The illustrations were a bit too pastel colors for my liking, but they're still fine. Simple but deep. Love it!
La Coccinelle
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
A Plan for Pops is a sweet story about a little boy and his two grandfathers. The themes of perseverance, persistence, and patience are great, as is the way Lou helps Pops come to terms with his new disability. However, I have to take a few marks off because the writing is somewhat uneven (and even confusing) in places and makes the book seem like a mediocre translation.

It looks like the book was published simultaneously in English and French, but there are a few things that make me think the
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love that this picture book is about the child’s two grandparents, but not about them as a gay couple, but about them as they relate to their grandchild.

This is a sweet story of a grandchild, Lou and their grandfathers, and the special time that they have together. (It is not clear in the story, what gender Lou is, and it does not really matter to the story).

When Pops has a fall, Lou and Grampa have to come up with a way to cheer him up.

gram[a and popa

Good for any child that has a spcecial time with their
Aliza Werner
There is nothing better than a picture book that accomplishes complex storytelling in a seemingly simple way. The intersectionality is neither forced or just is a natural and authentic element of the story and its characters. The book includes: LGBTQ characters, interracial relationships, disability, mental health, STEM/Rube Goldberg innovation, and a non-binary character. Lou has two gay grandfathers, one white and one whose ethnicity is never named, though he has a darker ...more
Danni Green
Absolutely loved this sweet, sensitive book about a nonbinary child (name is Lou, no pronouns or gender indicators whatsoever) and their two grandfathers, Granddad and Pops. The genders of the grandparents and the child are not major themes in this story at all. The story shows the loving relationship between these three characters. The first half of the book depicts the fun activities they do together. The second half addresses one of the grandfathers experiencing a permanently-disabling ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A young boy and his father and pops do everything together. When pop has a fall and must stay in a wheelchair they think the days of doing everything together is over and then the boy has an idea to keep him included.
Mary Lee
This book is perfect. It doesn't try too hard. It's a story about a boy and his two grandpas. It's about aging and relationships and creativity and perseverance. It's about knowing just the right way to make someone else happy. (Two grandpas, one black, one white, but that's not what the story is about. Not at all. Or everything, because it's just a different kind of normal.)
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A really lovely story that deals with disability, aging, and queerness in an age-appropriate way. I especially appreciated the way disability was referenced. When Pops needs a wheelchair, it’s deemed “news” not “bad news.” The depiction of him using a cane is matter of fact. Needing a wheelchair makes him depressed for a time, but he finds joy again.
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely one of the best picture books of 2019. It's lovingly illustrated and has themes that would be great for a story time about grandparents, inventing, problem solving, or creativity. Just like Lou and Grandad's imaginations, the possibilities are unlimited!
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, kids
I really want the Rube Goldberg machine they created with the paper cranes. So pretty. The story and the illustrations are great in this book.
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't even put into words how much I love this beautiful book.
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english-books
This was a beautiful story which can touch people of all ages. It is about being open, encourage and support people when they need you the most. Love is a powerful sent by this picture books. The color scheme and art were beautiful.
e.  ellor
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, moving
How did they get this much into one short book?? There is family, aging, engineering, empathy, community . . . you would think one picture book couldn't contain all that but this does and it does it masterfully. I have a soft-spot for extended family stories, then add to that the fact that this depicts gay grandparents in a way that is beautiful and understated. The grandparents have this wonderful opposites dynamic and seeing Lou get the best from each is so touching, even before you get to the ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is such a caring, sweet book about the relationship between Lou and his two grandfathers. Every Saturday, they have breakfast, go to the library, and spend the afternoon together. Pops and Grandad are very different, and I love the way the author shows Lou interacting with these two very different grandpas. One Saturday, Pops has a fall and is confined to a wheelchair. He is depressed and does not want to do anything. Lou comes up a plan to get him back into their regular routine. I loved ...more
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a digital arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is such a heartfelt and sweet book about the relationships between Lou and his two grandfathers. Every Saturday, they have a routine to have breakfast, go to the library, and spend the afternoon together. One Saturday, Pops has a fall and is confined to a wheelchair. Lou thinks up a plan to get him back into routine
I loved the imagination of the son as well as the relationship between him and his grandparents. Pops is
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books of the year and one I will cherish for a long time. The themes are such a treasure: queer grandparents, disability, aging, solidarity with neighbors, cultivating one's unique skills and hobbits, and the simple love of grandparents for their grandkid. What a tremendously inspiring and beautiful story! If there were a picture book I would buy as a gift to friends and families in February, it would be this one. Let me also add that the story and the illustrations ...more
Amber Webb
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a sweet, sweet book of love and care for those closest to you. I loved the diverse family portrayed as well as the stages of grief and loss. The family worked through the changes, gave Pops time and space to heal, and then gently encouraged him to stay living life again. A truly beautiful book.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: t, 2019t
Why we chose this book:
We enjoyed Angus All Aglow by Heather Smith, I keep my eyes for any wheelchair-related picture books, and I'm keen on books that feature creative problem solving. Orca Book Publishers provided a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Mom's Review: (V)
A little boy, Lou, spends every weekend with his grandfathers. They have an enviable routine that starts with breakfast, moves to the library, continues on to lunch, and proceeds to snuggles and stories, and finally ends
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is so much to like about A Plan for Pops by Heather Smith and Brook Kerrigan, published by Orca Book Publishers. It’s a lovely little intergenerational story about a grandchild and their Grandad and Pops.

Lou spends Saturdays with Grandad and Pops, learning from them and enjoying their company. Most Saturdays are the same until Pops has an accident. With the help of Grandad Lou comes up with a plan for Pops. Lou sketches the plan, enlists the help of Grandad and the neighbours, and finally
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book with its heartfelt message of caring, love and celebrating life together. Lou is a little boy who spends every Saturday with Granddad and Pops. They share breakfast and then "they walk to the library hand in hand, like a chain of paper dolls." In the afternoon they spend quality time casually hanging out and enjoying the things they each love to do together.

One day on the way to the library Pops has a fall. Sirens ring out, an ambulance appears and Pops is whisked away. That
Laurie Hnatiuk
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture
What a beautiful story Heather T. Smith and Brooke Kerrigan have created celebrating the bonds of family and love. Lou spends Saturdays with grandparents Granddad and Pops. They have routines of what they do together - for example going to the library where Granddad likes to read books on how things work, while Pops likes to listen to music. Lou learns different things from each grandparent celebrating how we don't have to like and do the same things. When Pops has an unexpected fall and now has ...more
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A sweet, gentle story of Lou and the grandparents and their Saturdays: breakfast, then off to the library, then Pops naps while Lou and Grandad invent stuff. But when Pops falls and ends up needing a wheelchair, those Saturdays aren't the same as Pops stays in bed. But with love and imagination, Lou and Grandad figure out a way to help Pops smile.

This has really lovely illustrations, Lou's gender is never identified (and doesn't need to be), and the whole neighborhood works together to build a
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very cute story that is not at all about how there are two grandpas in one house but has them there together all the same. I'm very happy that we've moved into this stage of storytelling, where it is incidental. The story here is that Lou's visits to their house change when Pops has a fall and has to use a wheelchair to get around for the rest of his life. Good lessons about the three Ps: patience, persistence, and perseverance. Lou has to use those skills to build contraptions with his ...more
Juliana Lee
Every Saturday, Lou visits his Grandad and Pops. Each does things a little differently and Lou tries to do everything the same as both of them, so when Grandad eats toast and jam for breakfast and Pops eats colorful cereal that turns his milk pink, Lou has a little of both. Every Saturday they do fun things until one week when Pops falls and gets hurt. When he returns from the hospital he has to use a wheelchair. This makes him so sad that he refuses to leave his bed. Then Grandad and Lou have ...more
jacqueline (children's book account)
I liked the representation in this book, and I believe it was the first time I've actually read a book with this representation. However, at some times I found the writing confusing. Although there were a lot of fun and exciting words, it almost felt like it was trying to hard to achieve a whole lot of things all at once. Perhaps if it was slightly simplified it would be a stronger read. But that could just be my taste. The illustrations were nice and my favourite part of this story were the ...more
Dec 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, storytime
A little long, and the fear the illustrations are a bit on the small side for a large group read-a-loud, but just fine for a lap-sit. The story is about a little boy and his grandfathers. They have a Saturday routine, but it is disrupted when one falls and is confined to a wheelchair. The others work to bring him out of a depression and help restore their routine.
I kept thinking this would be a story about memory loss since one grandfather is serious and 'adultish' and the other is enthusiastic
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
A Plan For Pops by Heather Smith, illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan. PICTURE BOOK. Orca Books, 2019. $20. 9781459816145



After Pops takes a bad fall, Lou and Grandad make a plan to bring joy back to him and coax him out of the bedroom.

So many gentle books that can help children cope as their loved ones age and become infirm. Add this one to your go-to list.

Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLS
Katrina Clohessy
In this story, Lou visits Pops and Grandad. While they appear to be a gay couple, this is not the focus of the story, as their relationship is normalized—instead, the focus is on Lou’s time spent with them, and how Lou and Grandad build contraptions and eventually come up with a plan to make Pops feel better after he becomes confined to a wheelchair. 30 pages
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Aging is difficult.It's so slowing.... I liked this book about a little boy and his family and neighbors. They all come together to to help when Pops become disabled and depressed. Good story about people helping each other. Nice illustrations, too!

I received a Kindle ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.
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Originally from Newfoundland, Heather Smith now lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Her Newfoundland roots inspire much of her writing.