A Plan for Pops

Category: Book
Illustrated By: Kerrigan, Brooke
By (author): Smith, Heather
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational
  JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Depression & Mental Illness
Audience: children/juvenile
Awards: ALA Rainbow List Top Ten (2020) Commended
OLA Best Bets—Top Ten (2019) Commended
Blue Spruce Award (2020) Short-listed
Best Spiritual Book of the Year (2019) Commended
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection (2019) Commended
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Published: September 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 32
Size: 9.00in x 9.00in x 0.25in
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$ 12.95
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*"A positive and realistic representation of both a wheelchair user and an elderly, interracial gay male couple." -Kirkus Reviews

"A beautiful and uplifting book." -School Library Journal

Lou spends every Saturday with Grandad and Pops. They walk to the library hand in  hand, like a chain of paper dolls. Grandad reads books about science and design, Pops listens to rock and roll, and Lou bounces from lap to lap. But everything changes one Saturday. Pops has a fall. That night there is terrible news: Pops will need to use a wheelchair, not just for now, but for always. Unable to cope with his new circumstances, he becomes withdrawn and shuts himself in his room. Hearing Grandad trying to cheer up Pops inspires Lou to make a plan. Using skills learned from Grandad, and with a little help from their neighbors, Lou comes up with a plan for Pops.
From The Publisher*In this illustrated picture book, a child helps their grandfathers deal with a difficult change in abilities.
Review Quote*"A positive and realistic representation of both a wheelchair user and an elderly, interracial gay male couple. "
Review Quote*"Accompanied by Kerrigan's muted, pastel-coloured illustrations… Smith's narrative creates a fully rounded and sympathetic storyline with characters with whom youngsters will likely be able to identify…A delicious, enjoyable, and necessary narrative for modern families with a non-normative makeup. Highly Recommended."
Review Quote*"A fond and sympathetic story, told with attractive particulars, of the challenging pitfalls of aging and their effects on the family…[A] welcome reminder that even after a daunting change, family can still be family."
Review Quote*"A beautiful and uplifting book to help children learn how to handle challenges and help others; a great choice for intergenerational picture book shelves."
Review Quote*"The bond between Lou and [their] loving grandparents shines through in this unique story. The matter-of-factness of their relationship is worth noting, as this type of representation for same-sex couples will help children appreciate the diversity that exists in many families, without overstating it."
Review Quote*"Uplifting and empowering, A Plan for Pops is a great read with inspiring messaging and lovely illustrations."
Review Quote*"A marvelous book on many, many levels and deserves a wide readership. Pick it up for your children, grandchildren, grandparents, or others in your lives, and recommend it to all the children's librarians you know."
Review Quote*"Add this one to your go-to list."