Grandpa Green by Lane Smith

The author of It’s A Book, Lane Smith, has a new children’s picture book that you can read aloud and take at face value for its story of great grandpa who likes to create topiaries – Grandpa Green.  Or you can find Smith’s history of the old man who “grew up on a farm…before computers or cell phones or television…” another of his commentaries on what is important – and a caution not to forget it.

Lane’s geometric illustrations beg for discussion and exploration when read to a small child – the last two fold out pages are the best.

A book for children with an adult message.

It’s A Book

In less than 100 words, illustrator Lane Smith sends a message to children – and adults – who have forgotten the joy of reading a real – not electronic – book.

With only three characters – a mouse, a monkey, and a digitally savvy donkey, who doesn’t know what to do with a real book – this picture book is clear, concise, meaningful – repeating the words in the title – It’s A Book.

I could tell you where to find the video version of the book on YouTube, but then you’d miss the fun of reading it; besides, the video version deletes the controversial last word that Smith uses to end the book.

Get it from the library, or find a copy at the local bookstore – and give yourself a treat.  I’m still smiling…