Grandpa's Little One

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9780060781736: Grandpa's Little One

Billy Crystal follows up the best–selling success of I Already Know I Love You with a touching picture book celebrating a grandchild's birthday.

Following up on the success of the bestselling I Already Know I Love You, Billy Crystal celebrates the first smile, swim, and giggle that occur in a baby's first year of life. Drawing once again from his own experience, Crystal captures the heartfelt emotions of a grandfather for his grandchild. With sincerity and enthusiasm, he describes the moments that make a child's first birthday special and memorable.

Grandparents everywhere will recognize themselves in the words and pictures of this book, perfect for sharing with grandchildren who are experiencing first milestones of their own.

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Tony Award-winning comedian, director, actor, and author Billy Crystal is just as importantly a grandfather. He charmed children and grown-ups alike as the voice of Mike Wazowski in Monsters, Inc. and starred in the hilarious movies Analyze This and City Slickers and He recently set box-office records with his smash Tony Award-winning one-man show on Broadway, 700 Sundays. The father of two grown daughters, Jennifer and Lindsay, Billy Crystal lives with his wife, Janice, in California.



Guy Porfirio is the illustrator of such books as The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell and The Day I Could fly by Lynn Crosbie Loux. He lives in Tucson, Arizona, with his wife and their two children.

From Publishers Weekly:

Crystal's granddaughter turns a year old in this emotion-charged follow-up to I Already Know I Love You. "Happy birthday, little sweet one,/ you're one year old today./ I gave you your first piece of cake,/ once Mommy said, 'OK.' " Ironically, this talented comedian's stabs at humor tend toward the banal ("I'm glad it was hot out so we could/ go swimming in the pool./ I love to watch you do new things—/ all you used to do was drool"). More effective are revelations of simple yet precious moments, as the grandfather watches his daughter sharing a hug with her little one and delights in introducing the child to her image in the mirror. Porfirio's (The Littlest Angel) illustrations convey the affection between grandfather and his cherubic granddaughter. But in some images of the grandfather attempting to entertain the child, the narrator looks misshapen. The artist's other efforts, such as the antics of the affable family dog, which purloins a piece of birthday cake, and curls up at the foot of her crib at day's end, her birthday crown resting on its head, meet with greater success. Despite its occasionally stumbling rhythm and forced rhyme, Crystal's poem delivers sentiments that will likely strike a resonant chord with many grandparents. The author reads his narrative on an accompanying CD. All ages. (Apr.)
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