Follow the special relationship between Madeline and her Grandfather as they both grow and share in the most magical birthday experiences. Filled with secrets to uncover and brimming with imagination, Don't Drink the Pink explores a number of basic concepts including colors, numbers and the reality of growing older.
- Back Cover Blurb
Grandfather Gilderberry never seems to rest.
- First Line; First Verse
On my seventh birthday,
Grandpa bounded in.
He wore a crooked smile
which broke into a grin.
- Memorable Moment; Page Un-numbered
SOURCE ... Received with thanks from Ariella of TaleBlade.
READ FOR A CHALLENGE? ... No.
MY THOUGHTS ... A bit like my grandfather ... and I'm sure like the grandfather(s) of many of the book's readers ... Madeline's grandpa is considered by some as, well, crazy and yet to Madeline herself there really is no-one quite like him.
Written in verse which in itself is a treat to both young and not so young ears alike. Add wonderful illustrations and you have the truly magical story at the heart of which there is the charming, fun and yet bittersweet tale of the power of love and all the magic ... and heartache ... that this can bring.
Following the super cute Madeline as she celebrates her first to fifteenth birthdays; birthdays in which not only does she get older but her beloved Grandpa does too. Alongside the less weighty concepts of colours and numbers the author also takes a creative and yet sensitive look at ageing and all that this implies ... and, yes, this includes death.
Not necessarily easy topics to broach. Yes, this character's ageing and ultimate passing is sad but then why shy away from it?
Written by an author who time and time again has produced quality children's books, as well as a sweet read I have no doubts that this could provide an invaluable aid when it comes to raising the subject with young children.