Big Papa and the Time Machine

Daniel Bernstrom (Author) Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)
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Description

A beautiful journey into African American history: Discover the true meaning of being brave in this tender and whimsical picture book from Daniel Bernstrom (One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree; Gator, Gator, Gator) and Shane Evans (Chocolate Me!) that follows a grandfather and grandson traveling through time and discovering their own African American history.

When a little boy is feeling afraid to go to school one day, his grandfather, Big Papa, takes him away in his time machine--a 1952 Ford--back to all of the times when he was scared of something life was handing him. "That's called being brave," Big Papa says over and over.

Full of heartfelt moments and thrilling magical realism, Big Papa and the Time Machine speaks to the African American experience in a touching dialogue between two family members from different generations and emerges as a voice that shares history and asks questions about one family's experience in 20th-century black America.

"Wasn't you scared?"

"Oh, I was scared," Big Papa said. "Sometimes you gotta walk with giants if you ever gonna know what you made of. That's called being brave."

Product Details

Price
$17.99  $16.55
Publisher
HarperCollins
Publish Date
January 14, 2020
Pages
40
Dimensions
9.38 X 0.5 X 11.25 inches | 0.9 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780062463319

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About the Author

Daniel Bernstrom is the author of the critically acclaimed One Day in the Eucalytus, Eucalyptus Tree and Gator, Gator, Gator!. Dan earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University and currently works at the Learning Resource Center Coordinator at Minnesota State College Southeast, where he tutors students in math, writing, and science. He lives in Red Wing, Minnesota, with his wife, Heather; daughter, LaVonne; and sons, Grace, and Haven. Visit him at www.lillylabs.com.

Shane W. Evans studied at Syracuse University School of Visual and Performing Arts and graduated in 1993 and began traveling the world. In addition to contract work in illustration, graphic design and web design for major companies, Evans has conceptualized and illustrated numerous children's books. Many of the books have been featured in the media such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, NBA Inside Stuff, Reading Rainbow and Late Night with David Letterman. Shane has received much acclaim within the children's literary field for his work on children's books such as Osceola, The Way The Door Closes, Shaq and the Beanstalk and Take It To The Hoop Magic Johnson. His accolades range from being honored by First Lady Laura Bush at the 2002 National Book Festival, The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and The Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction for Children.

Reviews

"Big Papa takes his grandchild back in time to see what bravery looks like in this tender story by Bernstrom (Gator, Gator, Gator!) . . . Wide angles give the spreads visual power, while soft pastels convey the journey's otherworldly atmosphere and the stories' intimacy."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"This imaginative and inventive tale walks a child through African American history by way of his grandfather's past. An excellent choice for reading with grandparents or for a first-day-of-school storytime."--Booklist
"Bernstrom's colloquial text captures the warm relationship between Big Papa and his grandson."--Horn Book Magazine
"Love and reverence for history and family radiate from Bernstorm's words."--Kirkus Reviews
"A unique perspective in a beautifully executed book about starting school. A must-purchase. Bernstrom's latest book digs deep, with a story about a child facing fears by discovering a grandfather's difficult past . . . In the first-person narrative, written largely in dialogue that features African American Vernacular English, the child poses questions, and the knowing grandparent responds with sage, though not preachy, one-liners. "Sometimes you gotta walk with giants if you ever gonna find out what you made of." Evans's signature style animate(s) the story in a joyous way that uplifts the text."
--School Library Journal (starred review)