For over twenty-five years, Crane’s comic strip, Pickles, has been delighting readers around the world, and for the first time Brian Crane brings his beloved characters into a book intended specifically for children. Crane’s crotchety but endearing senior, Earl Pickles, can be humorous and often touching, and when his precocious grandson, Nelson, asks his gramps to tell him a story, Earl’s imagination takes over. The two embark on a journey filled with whales, hot dogs, and an intense but lovable ostrich in a raincoat. Written by acclaimed Canadian children’s author Dianne Young, this quirky tale is sure to entertain children, fans of the strip, and anybody who enjoys a rollicking adventure.
• Brian Crane’s, Pickles, appears in over 800 newspapers worldwide. He has been nominated three times for the Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year award by the National Cartoonists Society and won in 2013. Pickles has been nominated twice as Best Comic Strip, a prestigious award it won in 2001. Crane lives in Sparks, Nevada, with his wife and family, which consists of seven children and eight grandchildren.
• Dianne Young is a retired educational assistant in an elementary school, a mother, a writer, and a yodeller. She was born and raised in Saskatchewan, and she has been writing for children for over twenty years. Her first book, The Abaleda Voluntary Firehouse Band, was published in 1990. Her fifth book,Dear Flyary, won the 2014 Saskatchewan Book Award for Children's Literature
• “I think I might love it!” - Scarlet (age 6)
• “I like it when my gramps tells me stories like [this]!” - Liam (age 4)
• “Ostrich! Whale! I like that. I want that.” - Padgett (age 2)
• “I like that the kid is correct and the grandpa is all wrong! That grandpa is so silly!” - Nate (age 10)
• “Oh . . . I get it!” - Alice (age 10)
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