Proving his Grandpa Buck outbests all the other grandpas in Slumber Village becomes an exploration in pride and unconditional love for young Rowdy in Marta Cappa's THE BEST GRANDPA IN THE WORLD (ISBN 978-1452856629, 40 pages). Particularly when Rowdy's friend, Jinx, boasts that her grandfather was an astronaut. After all, the moon must be a terribly terrific place to visit - and a place Rowdy would surely love to see.
An astronaut? An astronaut! How in the extra-terrestrial world can Grandpa Buck top that?
Grandpa Buck falls asleep while telling stories. He even leaves out the best parts!
And no cinnamon toast for breakfast when Grandpa Buck is in charge, no yummy cereal with colorful marshmallow bits floating in the sweetened milk. Grandpa Buck's specialty is sticky, stinky gruel. Yuck!
Children ages 4 through 9 will delight in helping Rowdy recall the many wonderful things Grandpa Buck does with and for him, while sharing traits they love in their own grandfathers.
No super hero suits required.
From building a tree house to finding treasures washed up on the beach to something as simple as ice cream-tasting, I can only imagine the conversations spurred by this whimsical book.
With story-telling elegance and Cappa's own colorful and child-friendly illustrations, this author weaves an inspiring tale in THE BEST GRANDPA IN THE WORLD and teaches lessons in love, acceptance and appreciation for what you have. Then, as if a fanciful tale of "Grandpa Love" isn't enough, Marta Cappa provides a Facebook link to coloring pages for young readers. I'm giving this one five stars, and as a grandmother of five, a hearty recommendation.
Marta Cappa has also authored THE BEST GRANDMA IN THE WORLD and is currently working on the third installment in this series. Her books can be purchased through Amazon and other fine booksellers. To learn more about Ms. Cappa and her future projects visit http://www.storiesfromslumbervillage.com/ To obtain additional information for printing the coloring pages visit http://www.facebook.com/storiesfromslumbervillage