The Books

Grandpa Green

by Lane Smith

One Potato Review

“He was born a really long time ago – before computers or cell phones or television,” begins a boy about the grandpa of the title (actually a great grandfather) who’s hiding in the margins till the end. It’s a pretty short book, but a long, eventful life; the pictures do most of the storytelling. Here’s a little green man in a bowler hat taking shelter under an umbrella-shaped tree, a bunny, a wizard, a lion carved out of the hedges, chickens and chicken pox – and here is an artist with the confidence to pull this off: not half as concerned with what we don’t understand the first time around as everything there is to discover when we return. 

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