On a snowy day in the city, a boy gets an important phone call from his grandmother: she’s lost her smile. There’s only one thing to do: fly down south on an urgent mission, stuffed bunny in tow, to find that smile and return it to its rightful place. But he won’t have to look very hard. . .
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PARADE Picks, August 29, 2010
“Kids who have traveled will identify with all the details and hassles of traveling.”—Examiner.com, Top 10 Books of 2010 for Kids
“Happy watercolors, wry humor and a fine sense of family will please weary young travelers—and their grandmas.” –Cleveland Plain Dealer“DiSalvo’s watercolor illustrations bring to life Siegel’s self-assured protagonist and his journey from the wintery north to his grandmother’s arms.” –School Library Journal“A wry and contemporary reality check on the going-to-Grandma's genre.” –Publishers Weekly“Long-distance grandmothers everywhere will sympathize with Grandma as she searches for her lost smile in her grandson’s picture, among his toys and in his bedroom, just as they will rejoice in the pair’s loving reunion; those who read this may try a similar trick.” –Kirkus Reviews“This picture book accurately reflects many kids’ experiences of airports, because it emphasizes the tedium of waiting as well as the long hallways, moving walkways, stairs, and escalators traversed. DiSalvo’s mixed-media illustrations capture the child’s experience with emotional warmth and rewarding attention to detail.” –Booklist
Randy Siegel has written for newspapers and magazines around the country and was until recently the president and publisher of Parade magazine. He lives in the New York City area.
DyAnne DiSalvo is the author and/or illustrator of more than fifty books for children. Her first novel, The Sloppy Copy Slipup, was nominated for five Young Reader state awards. You can usually find her working in her studio near Philadelphia, PA. Visit her at dyannedisalvo.com.
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Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award Gold, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award Platinum