Granite Baby

Lynne Bertrand; Pictures by Kevin Hawkes

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Five giant sisters meet their match in one tiny baby!

Back when folks first discovered granite, five burly sisters ruled the mountains of New Hampshire. No problem was too big for those women. But when one sister carves a real live baby out of granite, a big problem appears that is, you might say, too small.
Lil Fella wailed so much that no one north of the Kancamagus Highway could eat, sleep, or plow. "Do something!" everyone demanded. But what? The five gals, who are strong enough to move mountains, are flummoxed . . . until a young backwoods girl named Nellie offers a small, simple suggestion.

With its droll humor and inventive, witty pictures, this uproarious tall tale is a true original - one not to be missed.


Praise for Granite Baby

"A refreshingly original tale, this yarn will enthrall storytime audiences."
-- Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

"Splendid." -- Starred, Booklist
"Wild, rollicking, and boopsie-cute, this tall tale scampers over the granite hilltops of New Hampshire without a misstep. Bertrand's storytelling talent is as titanic as her heroines'. Not to be missed." -- Publishers Weekly
"Delightful. The story is well told, the setting is clearly described, and the vocabulary has a down-home flavor that adds to its comforting tone. Hawkes's..paintings are filled with interesting details. This rock-solid tale will quickly become a favorite." -- School Library Journal
"Fans of...similar outsized yarns will holler with glee at this new arrival." -- Starred, Kirkus Reviews
"Bertrand's text, loaded with folksy humor and a good dose of exaggeration, is well matched by Hawkes's color-drenched paintings, which include fantastic details while capturing the story's vast scale." -- The Horn Book

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Lynne Bertrand; Pictures by Kevin Hawkes

  • Lynne Bertrand's One Day, Two Dragons was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book. She lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts.

    Kevin Hawkes is the acclaimed illustrator of books such as The Man Who Made Time Travel by Kathryn Lasky, an ALA Notable Book, and Weslandia by Paul Fleischman. He lives in Gorham, Maine.
  • Lynne Bertrand
  • Kevin Hawkes Copyright Karen Hawkes


Available Formats and Book Details

Granite Baby

Lynne Bertrand; Pictures by Kevin Hawkes

Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice, Booklist Editors' Choice, Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Master List
  • Hardcover