Granpa Guff is a master story-teller. In Book 2 of this series, Granpa Guff’s grandkids are visiting him for the weekend. He tells them a story about how Italians came to America and started to make Italian food products. Well, it turns out that those Italians really take food and business seriously. They take them SO seriously, they team up to sabotage the Italian whose product is doing the best at that moment! It gets so bad that they do everything – from tossing cats and dogs with parachutes off a skyscraper (that’s where the phrase “It’s raining cats and dogs” comes from. 🙂 ) during a grand opening of a restaurant to putting snakes in cans of pasta sauce! What will happen? How will these wars end?
This is the second book in the Granpa Guff series. I enjoyed the story because it had a bunch of things in it that I like. The plot idea is cute (a grandpa telling his grandkids these outrageously strange stories – that turn out to be real-ish). The story is the type I like, fun to read and just plain silly. I like the illustrations throughout the book a lot (although I thought the cover seemed a bit dark and scary and didn’t match the story). They are whimsical and sometimes hilarious. G. Guff’s writing style is fun and appropriate for all ages. The reading level is good for advanced young readers and older kids. I think it would be a fun read aloud too. I couldn’t figure out who the narrator (one of the 2 grandchildren) is. Other than the narrator thing, there are a few editing mistakes and places where the conversation between characters is a bit confusing. An editor would have picked these things up. With the edits, this book could turn into a favorite bed-time story for a lot of kids.
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Categories: Age 6-9