The Tree Talks Back

Bill Grigsby (Author) | Esa Grigsby (Illustrator)


This story is just an awful lot of fun. It’s absurd and rollicking and ridiculous – and it’s one that you’re going to keep on your shelf for a long time to come. It’s certainly not your formulaic, run-of-the-mill children’s book.

Even the rhythm of the story will keep you guessing – but in a good way. I take issue (as you may have noticed) with lazy rhymes and inconsistent rhythm. There’s nothing so frustrating as reading a children’s book aloud, constantly tripped up by poor meter. This one, however, has a lovely (though unusual) rhythm to it. This book isn’t an easy read-aloud book, but it’s worth your while to read it aloud, and to read it slowly. It’s a lot of fun once you get into the flow of it.


As crazy and lovely as the book itself. Obviously the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree – and this father/daughter team do some great things with words and pictures. I spent a ridiculous amount of time poring over each page.


This is really my only complaint. It’s a fun idea, but hard to read.


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