Eleven-year-old, Lizzie is minding the family antique store while her grandpa naps on a spindly
sofa. When Mrs. Larchmont and her poodle, Giselle, enter and begin their buying spree, they
refuse to leave without bargaining for the one antique not for sale...Grandpa!
Lizzie is quite old enough to watch the family store, but can she handle rich Mrs. Larchmont
with her pink suit, rhinestone glasses, towering hair and matching poodle?
As Mrs. Larchmont bids higher and higher amounts to purchase Grandpa, Lizzie cannot help
imagining the wonderful things she could buy with all that money.
Will Lizzie agree to sell Grandpa or are there some things that money just can't buy?
Hardcover, 32 full color pages, ages 4-8
ISBN 9780972922586, Spring 2007
Praise for Grandpa for Sale
"This book is called Grandpa for Sale. Does that shock you? ...When I first read this... I thought:
"What?!" And I wasn’t quite sure this was the best way to teach this lesson. Then I decided it was
adorable.... fabulous, just fabulous." Dr. Laura Schlessinger on the Dr. Laura Live Radio Show,
Monday, January 25, 2010
"...[an] amusing story to warm any grandparent's heart..." Kenneth and Sylvia Marantz, in Children's Literature
"...comical story...downright amazing illustrations..." Kim Hone-McMahan, Akron Beacon Journal
"...stresses the importance of family and friendship over material possessions." Learning Magazine
From 2nd Grade Reading blog
The message of the story is simply stated. At each step Lizzie imagines wondrous things, but feels that her acquisition would be no fun
without Grandpa. Along with Lizzie the readers learn that just a thing is no fun by itself. You need someone to enjoy it with and “Not
everyone has a price.” The illustrations enhance the story in all their colorful glory. But, follow carefully and you will see that only the
elements talked about on the page are in color. The rest is black-and-white. The thing that Lizzie thinks she can buy are in glorious
color, but her imagining of Grandpa is black-and-white. The parallels continue. Giselle’s expressions mirror Mrs. Larchmont’s. The
icing on the cake is the letter from Smotheby’s on the back outside cover! And has Grandpa been awake all the while? A worthy
addition to any reading list.
From A Teacher Reads blog
"I love this book. The illustrations make it a very special book to read. They are vivid and beautiful. I think that the story is also a
wonderful one, that some people may think that money can buy anything, but they are terribly wrong!"
From Maine Antique Digest
"As the holidays approach with their associated retail frenzy, Maine Antique Digest suggests a few titles for those on your list who are
too young for Limoges or Lalique. The right book is always a safe gift. The following list offers ideas with an antiques or historical
connection for the eight-and-under set.... Grandpa for Sale: Young Lizze tends the family antiques shop while her grandfather takes a
nap (on a Louis XVI settee). When a customer makes a series of increasing offers to purchase Grandpa, Lizzie dreams of what she
could do with the money. Then she realizes that none of her plans would bring happiness without Grandpa at her side."
From About.com Grandparents
Lizzie is minding the antique store while Grandpa naps on the settee when Mrs. Bradley Larchmont the Third strides in. Lizzie is happy
to help the frou-frou fraulein with her purchases of bric-a-brac until Mrs. Larchmont asks about buying Grandpa! Her generous offer
gives Lizzie pause. Oh, the things she could buy with such a sum.
The Story Continues: When Mrs. Larchmont offers $500 for Grandpa, first inquiring whether he comes with teeth, Lizzie is in a
momentary quandary. With that much money, she could build the treehouse of her dreams. "But what good would a treehouse be
without Grandpa there to help her build it?" As Mrs. Larchmont ups her offers, Lizzie thinks of the other things she could acquire, and
imagines how empty they would be without her Grandpa.
Artistic Interpretations: Unique illustrations by T. Kyle Gentry help the story take flight. In the illustrations of the antique shop, only the
people and highlighted objects are in color. On alternating pages, which depict Lizzie's fantasies about what she could buy with the
money, the fantasy is in full color and Grandpa's part in the scene is shown in shades of gray. My grandchildren had some interesting
ideas about why the artist used color the way he did. Be sure to ask your grandchildren! The grands will especially enjoy the fantasy
sequences, which are rich in detail and whimsical touches. Don't neglect to check the back cover for one last bit of whimsy.
About the Authors: Dotti Enderle has a number of children's books to her credit. This is the first book for her co-author, Vicki Sansum.
Both writers live in Texas. Perhaps that explains Mrs. Larchmont's sky-high coif and over-the-top style. If you or your grandchildren
live in Texas, you also may enjoy Enderle's The Fat Stock Stampede at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and The Cotton
Candy Catastrophe at the Texas State Fair.
The Bottom Line: If your grandchildren have a grandfather who is precious to them, they will be especially open to the charms of
Grandpa for Sale, but almost any kid would enjoy the premise. There aren't many children's books with grandparent characters on the
market, and few of the ones that are out there feature grandfathers, so this one is extra welcome.
The book is another offering from the folks at Flashlight Press, who have made a mini-specialty of children's books with grandparent
appeal. Their offerings include Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie, Grandfather's Wrinkles, Wishes for One More Day and Getting to
Know Ruben Plomick. Grandpa for Sale is a Storytelling World Award winner and has claimed a number of other awards, as well as
being included on a number of recommended reading lists. As for my panel of critics--my grandchildren--they loved it.
Featured in Antique Week
"How much is a grandfather worth? ...could elicit much discussion from readers. Recommended." Library Media Connection
The Houston Chronicle featured Dotti, Vicki, and Mrs. Larchmont on page 2 of the Star section!
"I thought it was wonderful. And every grandpa will appreciate it. The illustrations are great, particularly the combination of color on
black & white. Eye appealing." Charlene Keller, Prairie Hill Books, Brenham, TX
"One thing in the world that can never be bought is love! It's more complex than you think!" A Kiddle CRITer reviewer on Smartwriters
"Dotti Enderle and Vicki Sansum have done a great job writing a fun and imaginative story. The illustrations by T. Kyle Gentry are
bright and blend seamlessly with the story. This is definitely a must have for those rainy spring days." Nancy Cavanaugh, Fandangle
"a funny tale about the value of family and friendship over money that takes place in an antiques shop. …It just might be the only
children's picture book ever written with an antiquing theme. …a fun way to introduce kids to antiques and collecting." Ken Hall in
Ken's Korner, Antiques & Collecting, The Journal of Antiques & Collectibles, and Southeastern Antiquing & Collecting
"Authors Dotti Enderle and Vicki Sansum settle on a basic concept — love is something that money can’t buy." Nick Basbanes, in the
Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, FL), the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh, PA), and the Telegram & Gazette News
"...First of all, I'm always on the lookout for an original idea, and what could be more unique than a child tempted by "big bucks" to sell
her beloved Grandpa? Very clever of Dotti Enderle and Vicki Sansum to create this charming, fascinating concept. Second: I'm
captivated by the eye-pleasing color illustrations complementing the black-and-white background. Illustrator T. Kyle Gentry has a rare
talent...." Betty Dravis, author
Book Pick of the Week - A Sure Winner!
"Here's a new picture book destined to become a favorite of children of all ages everywhere!" L. Suzanne Lieurance, Writing for
"a heart-warming tale of love and child-like wonder. I highly recommend it!" Christine Hohlbaum, TheReadingTub.com. Included in the
Reading Tub's Recommended Bookbag, Books for Ages 4 to 8, March/April 2007.
This charming, simple story pits love of things against love of people, with hopeful results for young readers. The wonderfully detailed
illustrations by T. Kyle Gentry add to the repeat pleasures of the book as each viewing allows readers to discover something new."
Jan Fields, MyShelf.com
"This clever book shows young readers that there are some things in life that are priceless." Through the Looking Glass Review.com
"Don’t try and buy a grandpa. Buy this book instead!!" Paeony Lewish, British children's book author
Dotti on Blog Tour
Dotti Enderle is on tour in the blogosphere! Read or listen to her interviews on Elizabeth Dulemba's blog , Karen's News, Ellie
McDoodle, Stone Stoop, Joe Kulka's Blog, Alma Fullerton, Book Bites for Kids and Cats and Jammers.
"The exuberant color illustrations perfectly complement this extravagant tale with a heartwarming moral." Children's Bookwatch,
Midwest Book Review
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Dotti, Vicki, and Kyle signed books
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Lexile Measure: 580L
Mean Sentence Length: 8.48
Mean Log Word Frequency: 3.46
Word Count: 763
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