Alex has a very close relationship with his Grandpa Joe. They’re best friends. Alex even works at his grandpa’s neighborhood bike shop, Speedy Wheels. One day something terrible happens. An accidental fire starts in the bike shop, and Alex blames himself. What’s Alex to do?
Alex Bigsby is a little boy with big ideas. But has he bitten off more than he can chew? Forgetting to unplug his grandfather’s old coffeepot at Grandpa Joe’s Bike Shop teaches Alex and his friends a valuable lesson in fire safety, and their eagerness to earn quick cash without carefully doing their work educates them on the importance of follow-through. One of the pillars of character is responsibility, and this is a great book to teach children how to take responsibility for one’s actions.”
Danny Brassell, Ph.D., internationally-acclaimed speaker, bestselling author of 16 books and co-creator of ReadBETTERin67Steps.com
This is a wonderful, intergenerational story of a child's love and respect for a grandparent, filled with madcap antics and adventures. It also highlights a community's appreciation of an older person's contribution to others. We can't find enough of these stories that include all ages and this is definitely one to cherish.
Sehnita Joshua Mattison - Television Producer
Tanenbaum and Zaslow have created a delightful story that captures a young child’s undaunted drive to help his family and community. Even when his efforts go awry, you cannot help loving how tireless Alex is in his wish to help his Grandpa . And, of course, Big Shaggy Max keeps us laughing with his big sloppy kisses and accidental spilling of paint. A perfect book for a classroom or bedtime discussion!"
Kathryn Kehoe, mother of two, grandmother of four, and former third grade teacher in NYC
Congratulations to Tanenbaum and Zaslow! They have crafted a colorful tale, weaving important messages of forgiveness, determination, community, and character into the special story of a boy and his grandfather. Working in a senior living community, I see the delight in the eyes of our residents when a child visits. As a parent, I know the importance of that intergenerational bond. I hope families read LOVABLE GRANDPA JOE together, remembering how special they make each other feel, and remembering that seniors, like little kids, do BIG things, too!,
Amy Nol – Senior Living Concierge and Mother of three
Tanenbaum and Zaslow have wonderfully shared their books with my 2nd grade on Dr. Seuss' Birthday- Read Across America. Day. They love their very relatable stories. . As a teacher, I especially appreciate the way their lively, engaging discussions have inspired many of my students to explore their own creative writing endeavors. I heartily encourage the heart-warming LOVABLE GRANDPA JOE for your children.
Linda Gregorczyk – 2nd grade teacher