With Father’s Day just around the corner I wanted to share one of my favorite picture books. It’s not about a dad though. It’s about a grandpa.

Grandpa for Sale was published by Flashlight Press in 2007 and written by Dotti Enderle and Vicki Sansum. They have cleverly captured a serious theme of everything has its price, or does it?

The illustrations by T. Kyle Gentry are humorous and telling, uniquely contrasting black and white images with brightly colored ones. The background of the antique store is in black and white while the figures, including Grandpa asleep on the Louis XVI settee, are in full color. In Lizzy’s fantasies, the backgrounds shift to color, but Grandpa becomes black and white. Kids will crack up at Mrs. Larchmont in pink from her towering hair, glistening glasses and white poodle with pink bows.

Lizzy is asked to keep an eye on her mother’s antique store (Oldman’s Antiques) while she steps out. In comes the poodle lady in pink, picking up purchase after purchase with her white-gloved hand. The conversation gets all mixed up when she asks does Grandpa come with teeth? Lizzy thinks she means the settee. Mrs. Larchmont offers $500.00 to buy Grandpa, then $1000.00 and ending with $50,000.00. Lizzy’s brain is spinning with what all this money might buy from a tree house to an amusement park. But she worries what would they all be worth without Grandpa? No sale is Lizzy’s final answer and Mrs. Larchmont storms off.

Kids will love it when Lizzy dusts Grandpa’s bald head and gives him a smooch as he sleeps. What a great way to learn that love is not for sale.

Carol Green, a graduate of Northwestern, is married and the mother of three adult children. Her five grandchildren affectionately call her “Grams cracker.”

She is the published author of many poems for both adults and children; three coloring books: God Gave Me Five, ABC Fun Book, and Color God’s World Bright; and the picture book: My Mom Loves Me.

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