Grandpa Monty is a bit confused: he puts the chicken in the washing machine, he gets towels mixed up with napkins and gloves with socks, and he’s always forgetting his grandson’s name. Luckily, his grandson loves him very much and is willing to risk getting into a little trouble to try to help him remember. Discussing Alzheimer’s and dementia, this story will help both children and parents cope with tough changes in a family. Offering up humor and the potent power of a smile, the book reminds readers of any age that when someone in the family is having trouble remembering things, the most valuable lesson is to not forget the importance of loving them.
A fluent, witty translation gives U.S. audiences a passport to a particularly fine entry in the Alzheimer's subgenre, first published in Spain. Seven-year-old Oscar explains that his family wasn't sure Grandpa Monty was really ill, at first: "Mom thought he was doing it to get our attention." But it quickly becomes clear that something is seriously wrong. " lot of the things he says and does make him look like a little kid," is all Oscar will say; D ez fills in the blank with a painting of Grandpa Monty drinking the water from a flower vase. Both collaborators capture the situation's odd mixture of comedy (Grandpa Monty, a Yodalike presence in his stature and demeanor, tries to stick a key into the knot of a tree and plays basketball with a pumpkin) and tragedy. "ittle by little, he seems to forget which words to use," Oscar says. Oscar helps Grandpa Monty by tutoring him in the subjects he's studying in school, demonstrating that there's a place for a child to contribute. Proof that an issue book doesn't have to be prissy. Ages 7 9.