Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The best picture books for children -- 2012

At the Guardian, Kate Kellaway collected the best 2012 picture books for children.

One entry on the list:
Grandpa Green
by Lane Smith

There is, in children’s picture books, a grandma – or grandpa – subgenre in which grandparents are invariably heros. Grandpa Green is no exception but the book is so intriguingly illustrated, you can pardon its bias. It features talking topiary (Grandpa is a gardener) and leads us up the garden path of grandpa’s life – even incorporating the second world war (topiary plane included). It's the right side of sentimental, with enough style and unexpected edge – not to mention hedge – to mark it out from the crowd. (3+)
Read about another book on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue