* Reading Age: 3-7 years
* Grade Level: PS-2
* Hardcover: 32 pages
* Publisher: Kids Can Press
* Pub. Date: May 3, 2022
* ISBN-10: 1525304194
* ISBN-13: 978-1525304194
* Language: English
A good discussion starter, this poignant, accessible picture book explores grief, the comfort provided by the passage of time, and the way in which memories allow us to keep loved ones in our hearts forever.―School Library Journal, starred review (Praise for A Stopwatch from Grampa)
An excellent and understated portrayal of grief from a child's perspective.―Kirkus Reviews, starred review (Praise for A Stopwatch from Grampa)
This story about loss, grief, and healing is both appealing and accessible.―Cooperative Children`s Book Center (Praise for A Stopwatch from Grampa)
Unwrapping Some Illustrations
This is a sweet book about an adoptive baby whose superpower is sleeping. The family is very eager to meet the new arrival and the baby receives a boisterous welcome home. His name is J.J. and the lucky little fellow is now part of a gaggle of siblings....four in all (and a free-spirited dog ), all who love life and celebrate it loudly every single day. Does all that noise and action deter the baby from sleep? No way. Through all the noise and bedlam J.J. sleeps on.
Then one weekend all his siblings leave the house to participate in various activities and the house becomes deathly quiet. Can you guess J.J.'s reaction to this unaccustomed deafening silence? The poor baby cries uncontrollably and doesn't settle down for one minute all the while they are away. When his siblings spill back through the door to return home once again J.J. curls up and drifts off to sleep perfectly content and happy now that his home is back to normal.
The vibrant illustrations are extremely well done and they visually enrich the text. They are brimming with action and humour. This book is the perfect segue to discuss what comprises a loving happy family. "And J.J. Slept" sends a heartwarming message to its readers and I highly recommend this book.
Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!
Meet the Author
Loretta Garbutt is a children's book author, bookseller and voice actor known for her work on the popular children's television show Max and Ruby. Her debut picture book, A Stopwatch from Grampa, was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2020. Loretta lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario.
About the Illustrator
Erika Rodriguez Medina is an illustrator and art teacher based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her favorite things to illustrate are expressive characters, grumpy children and nature. She is particularly interested in mythology and folklore from her home country of Mexico. Her previous work includes Margot and the Moon Landing, There Goes Patti McGee! and 48 Grasshopper Estates.
*Blog Link: www.babybookworms.blogspot.ca
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