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GRANDPA & BO
Author: Kevin Henkes
Publisher: HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHING, Apr 2002
Grandpa & Bo catch fish & give them names (then they throw them back). 7 1/4x8 inches, 32 pgs.
Bo was spending the summer with Grandpa. They walked and fished and made things together. They celebrated Christmas together -- a very special summer Christmas. But best of all, they talked and laughed and talked some more. And when they finally saw the shooting star at the end of the summer, there was no question the their wishes would be the same.
First published in 1986, Grandpa & Bo is one of Kevin Henkes's first picture books, and is now reissued with new full-color jacket art for a new generation of Henkes fans.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kevin Henkes is the celebrated author and artish of many books for children. His novels include Protecting Marie and Words of Stone. Among his picture books are Owen, a 1994 Caldecott Honor Book; Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse; and Julius, the Baby of the World.
He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
In His Own Words...
"I remember drawing at a very early age. I loved it. And my parents and teachers told me I was good at it — that made me love it all the more."
"I also loved books, and the ones I was lucky enough to own were reread, looked at over and over, and regarded with great respect. To me great respect' meant that I took them everywhere, and the ones I still own prove it. They're brimming with all the telltale signs of true love: dog-eared pages, fingerprints on my favorite illustrations, my name and address inscribed on both front and back covers in inch-high crayon lettering, and the faint smell of stale peanut butter on the bindings."
"I wondered about authors and illustrators back then ... What did they look like? Where did they live? Did they have families? How old were they? but I never imagined that one day I would be one myself."
"I became an author-illustrator when I was nineteen years old. I flew from my home in Racine, Wisconsin, to New York City with my portfolio, hoping to find a publisher. And magically enough Susan Hirschman at Greenwillow Books made my dream come true. My first picture book, All Alone, was published in 1987. Since then I've written and illustrated many picture books and written several novels. I like the variety of trying new ways to fill the pages between two covers. Experimenting with words and paint and ink keeps my job interesting."
"I used to live with my parents and brothers and sister and work at a card table in my bedroom. Now I live with my wife, my son, and my daughter in our own house and work at a drawing table in my own studio. I never thought I'd be lucky enough to be a real author and illustrator. I wouldn't trade it for anything."