Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Raisin and Grape

Raisin and Grape, by Tom Amico and James Proimos and illustrated by Andy Snair, is a quirky ode to grandfathers. See, Grandpa is a raisin and grandson is a grape. You know, because raisins are wrinkly. I hope that doesn't qualify as ageism.

But Grape is completely enamored with Raisin. When he grows up he wants to be just like Raisin (except he also wants to be king). There are quite a few plays on words as the tale goes through a typical day out with grandpa. They go to the park where Raisin watches out for Grape and teaches him about life and character.

On my favorite page, Grape gets to be the hero. When Raisin is trapped by a jabbering prune, Grape tells him he has to go home and take a nap. Raisin whispers, "You saved me again."

So read this one to your kids, knowing that they'll probably blurt out something embarrassing about wrinkles the next time you're with your folks.

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