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Publisher's Summary

Peter is thrilled that Grandpa is coming to live with the family - until he finds out that Grandpa is moving into this room. He thinks the only way he can reclaim his room is by declaring war on his grandfather.

This book won the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, William Allen White Award, Tennessee Children's Choice Book Award, Parents' Choice Award, An IRA-CBC Children's Choice, Mark Twain Award, Young Hoosier Award, South Carolina Children's Book Award, Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award, and Georgia Children's Book Award.

©1984 Robert Kimmel Smith (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Captures the anger and frustration that accompanies a child's inability to control his life." ( School Library Journal)

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  • THoward
  • 28-04-2016

Loved it!

Grandpa is in for a big surprise, war has been declared and he had no idea it was coming. A good story, a good moral theme of resolving differences yet being friendly while negotiations are ongoing. The solution was a great one because it involved communication and ideas from all parties.

I had lots of laughs.

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  • jennifer didonato
  • 09-03-2015

Fun for the whole family

Fun for the whole family. Mom, Dad, Nadia age 10 and Peter age 6 all fell in love with the story. Very entertaining and well read.

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  • Lannita
  • 01-01-2013

All's fair in love and war

Listened to this book on several short car rides with my children (ages 6, 9, 15)....they enjoyed the story which was lighthearted and humorous. I found myself laughing out loud more than once. I would recommend for children as well as family listening time.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-04-2018

This book is awesome!

I'm sapost to read this for school and I love it. I have a good day at work,and the other day I was just a little bit of an issue with the other day I was just a little

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  • Misty Russell
  • 11-01-2018

Great for all ages.

My 5 yr old son even enjoyed listening with me. we loved it. The story is easily understood, the narrator is cleat and expressive, and the plot is sweet, mischievious and endearing.

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  • Samantha
  • 07-07-2017

5 & 7 year old boy approved

Listened to this twice while on a road trip with my boys. They both thought it was funny and it kept them interested during the drive. Story is told from the POV of a 10yr old boy, and was very sweet, relatable for my two.

I personally enjoyed the narration, and the story of a family in transition.

Highly recommend!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-05-2017

Good for a car ride

Both my kids, an 8 year old boy and 5 year old girl enjoyed this book on a three hour car ride. kept everyone quiet and entertained.

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  • VE
  • 20-02-2017

Good story

Entertaining for a family car trip. Highly recommended! Told from the perspective of a boy, has a good message at the end.

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  • My 50 cents
  • 31-12-2016

A simple. relaxing read/listen

If you are looking for something to tie you over before moving onto the next intense read, this would definitely fit the bill. I would also recommend this for younger readers too.

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  • parents
  • 23-07-2016

good read with the kids

my 7 year old really enjoyed this, and I did too. nice read together.