[Saturday Reads] Sweetness Overload in “My Grandpa” and “Me Tall, You Small”

Fats here.

Three hours ago, I was having a horrible bout of sinus allergy (itchy, watery eyes + runny nose + sneezing). I took the only allergy pill I could rely on. Unfortunately, it’s the kind that makes me drowsy. I’m trying to fight the urge to sleep as we speak.

Being in such a terrible state (allergy symptoms have subsided but now I feel tired), I wasn’t sure exactly what to write about. As I rummaged through the books I brought home from the library, I found two adorable picturebooks that I think parents and kids would love. These short and sweet tales about love and family make for great read-alouds and bedtime stories. I don’t know about you, but I am a sucker for these kinds of books.

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satreads0708aMy Grandpa

Written and illustrated by Marta Altés
Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers (2013)
ISBN: 978-1419705885

Summary via Amazon: A moving and memorable book about the very special relationship between an elderly grandfather and his adoring grandson, this unique look at old age through the eyes of a young bear is big-hearted, poignant and beautifully observed. A stunning picture book debut from Marta Altes, an exciting new writing and illustrating talent.

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With minimal text and spare illustrations, My Grandpa tenderly depicts the bond between grandfather and grandchild, especially during those times when grandpa experiences memory lapse. The book has a perfect ending to such a heartfelt story.

satreads0708cMe Tall, You Small

Written and illustrated by Lilli L’Arronge
Translated by Madeleine Stratford
First published in Germany by Verlagshaus Jacoby & Stuart (2014)
Published in the U.S. by Owlkids Books Inc. (2017)
ISBN: 978-1771471947

Summary via Goodreads: Me Tall, You Small is a series of playful vignettes in the daily life of a pair of weasels, parent and child. Whether they are having a bubble bath, kicking a soccer ball, or eating ice cream together, simple paired phrases showcase their loving—and amusingly realistic—relationship. After a fall: You boo-boo. Me bandage. At bedtime: Me tired. You wired.

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A few weeks ago, while I was in charge of locking up the library, my eyes fell upon Lilli L’Arronge’s picturebook. Measuring only 7.9 in x 7.9 in (according to Amazon), Me Tall, You Small is so stinkin’ cute! Not only does it show the relationship between a parent and a child, it also describes how they are different from one another. The vignettes are told in the parent’s perspective. Brilliant wordplay and super cute illustrations! Definitely a must-read!


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