Une ideé pour Papi by Heather Smith, illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan. Translated by Rachel Martinez. Orca, 2019. ISBN 9781459822054
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5
What did you like about the book? Every Saturday Lou loves visiting his grandfathers, a mixed-race, same sex couple. Papi and Grand-Papa are very different from one another, but Lou loves them both. When Papi falls and goes to the hospital, Lou wonders if things will be the same. So much to love here: the normalization of a same sex, mixed race couple as grandparents, coming to terms with the aging of a loved one, and how love can continue even as our beloved elders change in their abilities. The simple but expressive text and the adorable mixed media illustrations complement one another to produce a sweet exploration of love and family. This is a translation of A Plan for Pops, published simultaneously.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Perfect for families looking for books on aging grandparents, especially where same sex or mixed race or French language books are needed, for ages 4 and up.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? French language picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: March 19, 2019