Grandpa's Birthday


32 pages
Contains Illustrations
ISBN 0-88902-605-X




Reviewed by Sheila Martindale

Sheila Martindale is poetry editor of Canadian Author and Bookman and
author of No Greater Love, her sixth collection of poetry.


This is a textbook dressed up to look like a story book, and the result is a hybrid that is neither one thing nor the other. It fails as a story for several reasons: the story line disappears halfway through; the dialogue is wooden and the illustrations unilluminating; and worst of all, the topic is pedantic and boring. I wouldn’t give it too many points as a textbook either. Schools would be advised not to waste their dollars on this one.


Quigg, Pamela Jacobson, and Joan Pedersen, “Grandpa's Birthday,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed April 12, 2024,