Grandpa for Sale
Dotti Enderle and Vicki Sansum
Flashlight Press (2007)
Reviewed by Brianne Plach (age 10) for Reader Views (5/08)
You can’t put a price on a loving grandpa. Sure he is very old and sometimes missing teeth, but he is definitely priceless. Maybe he likes to take naps, but does that make him any less lovable? Everything in life can be bought, right? No, not when it comes to grandpas.
Dotti Enderle and Vicki Sansum have created a book which celebrates the unique relationship between this young girl and her grandpa. Lizzie is watching the antique store with her grandpa when he gets very sleepy. He decides to lie down on one of the sofas and is fast asleep. A customer comes in with her white poodle and looks on the many things for sale. She picks out a few items but then finds something that would complete her antique collection. Mrs. Larchmont wants to add Grandpa to her possessions. When thinking about all the things that she could get with the large amounts of money that the customer is offering, she doesn’t see money being more important than grandpa. Mrs. Larchmont is very determined but Lizzie thinks of all the things that she wouldn’t have if she didn’t have Grandpa in her life.
T. Kyle Gentry has illustrated this wonderful book which celebrates grandpas and granddaughters. His pictures are awesome! I liked the way he made the things in the antique store in black and white with the characters in color. After all it’s people that are more important than things. I liked the expression on the poodle’s face matching that of her upset owner. The pictures are very cute and add a lot of meaning to the words.
I have a very special relationship with my Grandpa, my mom’s dad. I wouldn’t put a price on him either. I could really relate with this book, my grandpa owns a store and sometimes says he gets sleepy when he’s there. The grandpa in “Grandpa for Sale” even looked something like my grandpa which made it really touch a special spot in my heart when reading this book. I know I could never sell my very special grandpa either!