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Peter thinks the only way he can reclaim his room is by declaring war on his grandfather."Captures the anger and frustration that accompanies a child's inability to control his life."-- "School Library Journal." 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 Aw Peter thinks the only way he can reclaim his room is by declaring war on his grandfather."Captures the anger and frustration that accompanies a child's inability to control his life."-- "School Library Journal." 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, Georgia Children's Book Award.


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Peter thinks the only way he can reclaim his room is by declaring war on his grandfather."Captures the anger and frustration that accompanies a child's inability to control his life."-- "School Library Journal." 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 Aw Peter thinks the only way he can reclaim his room is by declaring war on his grandfather."Captures the anger and frustration that accompanies a child's inability to control his life."-- "School Library Journal." 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, Georgia Children's Book Award.

30 review for The War with Grandpa

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    A cute story. Feels like an old-school sitcom or a Disney Channel Original Movie.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Luisa Knight

    Editor: We're looking for a new book idea that handles an issue kids deal with often. Author: Ok, ...how about living with grandparents or having a grandparent live with them? Editor: Yes! I like it. Let's explore the concept of a grandparent moving in with the family. It has to be moving, powerful and really push a strong moral agenda. Author: Sure. Ok, I'll have the main character be excited when the parents make the announcement that the grandfather will be moving in with them. Realizing how muc Editor: We're looking for a new book idea that handles an issue kids deal with often. Author: Ok, ...how about living with grandparents or having a grandparent live with them? Editor: Yes! I like it. Let's explore the concept of a grandparent moving in with the family. It has to be moving, powerful and really push a strong moral agenda. Author: Sure. Ok, I'll have the main character be excited when the parents make the announcement that the grandfather will be moving in with them. Realizing how much he loves his grandpa and knowing how old he is, the main character will offer up his bedroom and try to plan all kinds of things to make the grandpa feel welcome. I'll have the two become even closer friends at the end because of this experience. Editor: Uh, that's not what we had in mind. We were thinking powerful, as in ... different, controversial. Like having the grandchild NOT WANT his grandpa to move in with him. You know, depict the darker side that parents try to tame or remove. Kids know it's there; they often want to be bad, so lets give them a character they can relate to. Commiserate with. We'll even spark some ideas into them of what reactions they could have if this were them. Author: So you want me to write about a kid that DOES NOT want his grandpa living with him, but fights with him and does all kinds of mean stuff to him? Editor: Yeah! Author: Won't the parents get upset and not buy the book? Editor: No, we'll just make it funny at moments and at the end, they'll stop fighting and the grandpa can say that it was really fun. It'll be fine. Author: Well ok, you pay the bills. Cleanliness: a boy lies to his parents. Someone is called "birdbrain" and "idiot." A man buys cigars. "By God" and "heck" are said. A girl throws a tantrum, throwing herself on the ground. A boy is upset when he finds out his grandpa is moving in with them. He does not wish to give up his room and declares war on his grandfather by taking his things, hiding them and causing all kinds of heartache and hurt. **Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Josie

    This book is wonderful. It's about a ten-year-old boy who has a grandpa who is coming to live with them. He is coming because his wife just died. So, in other words, the boy's grandmother has died. Toby is happy about his grandfather coming, but there is a downside. Grandpa has a bad leg, and cannot live in the attic, which is the guest room. Grandpa has to sleep is HIS ROOM. The boy is very angry and declars war on his grandpa. They play mean tricks on each other. Will the war end? Will the gra This book is wonderful. It's about a ten-year-old boy who has a grandpa who is coming to live with them. He is coming because his wife just died. So, in other words, the boy's grandmother has died. Toby is happy about his grandfather coming, but there is a downside. Grandpa has a bad leg, and cannot live in the attic, which is the guest room. Grandpa has to sleep is HIS ROOM. The boy is very angry and declars war on his grandpa. They play mean tricks on each other. Will the war end? Will the grandfather give up the room? To answer these questions, you should read this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Max

    the war with grandpa is about when peter's grandpa moves into his house he has to live upstairs. this book is funny and serious at the same time. the war with grandpa is about when peter's grandpa moves into his house he has to live upstairs. this book is funny and serious at the same time.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emily Clayson

    This book is titled "The War With Grandpa". The Author is Robert Kimmel Smith. The main characters are Grandpa and Pete. In this book Grandpa is getting pretty old and Grandma just died, so Grandpa needs a place to live so he comes to live with Pete's family. Pete is thrilled that Grandpa is coming to live with his family, that is until Grandpa moves right into his room, forcing Pete upstairs. So Pete declares war. Pete gets the help of his friends to make grandpa "surrender" the room. But what This book is titled "The War With Grandpa". The Author is Robert Kimmel Smith. The main characters are Grandpa and Pete. In this book Grandpa is getting pretty old and Grandma just died, so Grandpa needs a place to live so he comes to live with Pete's family. Pete is thrilled that Grandpa is coming to live with his family, that is until Grandpa moves right into his room, forcing Pete upstairs. So Pete declares war. Pete gets the help of his friends to make grandpa "surrender" the room. But what Pete doesn't know is that Grandpa is tougher than he looks. Rather than give in to Pete, Grandpa plans to get even. This whole books setting is at Pete's home. There is a little that takes place at school but other than that all of it is at his house. The character I decided to talk about is Pete. Pete is very nice and excited for his grandpa to come to live with them. Pete is a good kid and he gets good grades and does not have a lot of mischief in him. but that all is going to change. During the book: Grandpa arrives and Pete is still so excited, That is until Pete finds out that Grandpa is staying in his room. Throughout the book Pete (after he declares war) he scares his grandpa, his grandpa scares him. He stole his grandpas clothes and shoes and socks and all sorts of other stuff. He also puts his little sisters pink shirts in with his grandpas white laundry, which turns all of his clothes pink. At the end of the book Pete is a lot nicer to his grandpa because Grandpa gives him his room back. Pete and Grandpa make up and are best friends again. So now Pete is back to his old self and it all works out okay. I liked this book because it is very fun to read and it has a lot of drama. It is a funny book and has a lot of humor. I love how him and his grandpa fight. And how funny the fights are. But my favorite part is when they end up being friends in the end. I love that part because if has a lot of love. I really liked this book and I would totally recommend it to anyone I know!

  6. 5 out of 5

    PJ

    Cute, sweet book! The story is about a boy who has to move his room to the attic because his Grandpa is moving in. The Grandpa just lost his life wife and is lonely in Florida. Pete is scared of the attic and resents moving up there. He speaks to his friends and comes up with the idea of declaring war on his Grandpa. Pete and Grandpa play tricks on each other and all the while getting closer by going fishing together. At the end, Pete learns lessons not to always listen to your friends,the probl Cute, sweet book! The story is about a boy who has to move his room to the attic because his Grandpa is moving in. The Grandpa just lost his life wife and is lonely in Florida. Pete is scared of the attic and resents moving up there. He speaks to his friends and comes up with the idea of declaring war on his Grandpa. Pete and Grandpa play tricks on each other and all the while getting closer by going fishing together. At the end, Pete learns lessons not to always listen to your friends,the problems of war and the love of a grandparent. Would be a good read aloud.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    Another grade school assignment. Couldn't relate to the characters. Another grade school assignment. Couldn't relate to the characters.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hilary "Fox"

    OLD SCHOOL MEETS NEW COOL Full disclosure: I grabbed this book after I couldn't stop thinking about the My Brother, My Brother, And Me podcast's "War With Grandpa Watch" episode that was a full hour of them dissecting the absurdity of the movie coming out in cinemas in the midst of a global pandemic. Will "War With Grandpa" save cinema? Probably not. The more they delved into how absurd the movie was, the more I wondered just... what was this movie. Wait, it was based on a book? Wait, that book i OLD SCHOOL MEETS NEW COOL Full disclosure: I grabbed this book after I couldn't stop thinking about the My Brother, My Brother, And Me podcast's "War With Grandpa Watch" episode that was a full hour of them dissecting the absurdity of the movie coming out in cinemas in the midst of a global pandemic. Will "War With Grandpa" save cinema? Probably not. The more they delved into how absurd the movie was, the more I wondered just... what was this movie. Wait, it was based on a book? Wait, that book is getting a sequel? I had to read it. I was in too deep. The book is framed as being an essay of sorts that the main character, Peter Stokes, wrote. He was asked to write something "real and true" so he decides to write about the war he had with his grandpa. Grandpa Jack, after his wife dies of emphysema, falls into a deep depression. He's so depressed, in fact, he decides to sell his house and move back in with his family so he's at least around other people. The problem is that his leg is extremely arthritic after an accident on a construction site that forced him into retirement. So, he's going to move into Peter's room on the second floor rather than the guest room on the third floor. You know, because walking up two flights of stairs with a bad knee is difficult. Only Peter isn't having it. No, not at all. Peter, you see, has always lived in his room. The room is HIS, which he reminds us with repeated mentions of it as "MINE" in all caps throughout the book. He won't stand for sleeping in the creepy cramped third floor room, no way. So he decides to wage war on his grandpa rather than succumb to his fate. This war includes more notes than the Opera Ghost sends in Phantom of the Opera, the stealing of slippers, the setting of alarm clocks at weird hours, and repeated threats. Grandpa Jack, of course, ends up engaging. He steals Monopoly pieces, creates treasure hunts for basic necessities to make Peter late for school. In one instance, he even hits the kid. Wait, what? That's right. At once point Grandpa Jack gives Peter a good smacking after telling him how spoiled a child he is and that he doesn't really understand the nature of war. When asked why he did it, and informed that it hurts, Grandpa Jack replies that "War Hurts." He later even mentions how funny it was to do. A bit awkward, to say the least. The war manages to bring Grandpa out of his depression, and eventually results in the family actually talking about what to do about the room situation... but all in all it was a bit odd. Peter was horrifically selfish, but Grandpa Jack wasn't exactly innocent considering he hit the kid. What an odd kid's book. I wonder if the movie will keep that scene in it...

  9. 4 out of 5

    BookLionQueen

    3.5 out of 5 stars This is a very cute children's book. excited to see the movie when it comes out. 3.5 out of 5 stars This is a very cute children's book. excited to see the movie when it comes out.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Julie Erickson

    The War with Grandpa is the story of a young boy whose grandfather has to move into his home. Under normal circumstances, this would be great, but unfortunately, Grandpa has to take Peter’s room! Peter is forced into the scariest room of the house, and this causes a prank war between the two. I enjoy reading this book with my fourth graders at the beginning of the school year as they also write their own narratives. The novel is written as if an assignment for Peter’s teacher and is useful as a The War with Grandpa is the story of a young boy whose grandfather has to move into his home. Under normal circumstances, this would be great, but unfortunately, Grandpa has to take Peter’s room! Peter is forced into the scariest room of the house, and this causes a prank war between the two. I enjoy reading this book with my fourth graders at the beginning of the school year as they also write their own narratives. The novel is written as if an assignment for Peter’s teacher and is useful as a mentor text for my students as they do their own writing. There are plenty of examples of quotations and descriptive language to point out along the way, and there are silly pranks that keep the students laughing! The War with Grandpa will be a book I read with my classes for years to come!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    This book is only moderately well written (it's supposed to be written by a ten year old, so that's acceptable, even if it is annoying) and it's bit dated.[return]My fifth graders hated it last year; it was the least popular book the LA class did.[return][return]SPOILER ALERT[return]SPOILER ALERT[return]SPOILER ALERT[return]I like that Peter learns that war is a bad thing as is peer pressure, but, unfortunately, the BIG lesson he learned (and the audience learns) was that if you whine enough and This book is only moderately well written (it's supposed to be written by a ten year old, so that's acceptable, even if it is annoying) and it's bit dated.[return]My fifth graders hated it last year; it was the least popular book the LA class did.[return][return]SPOILER ALERT[return]SPOILER ALERT[return]SPOILER ALERT[return]I like that Peter learns that war is a bad thing as is peer pressure, but, unfortunately, the BIG lesson he learned (and the audience learns) was that if you whine enough and do enough horrible things, you'll always get your way. The ending of this REALLY angered me. [return]END SPOILER ALERT

  12. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Peter is kinda a brat, and Grandpa lets him get away with it. Also I feel like there is no good message for kids in this book. Yes, it's nice that Peter ends the war because he loves his Grandpa, but it really bothers me that he gets just what he wanted by being stubborn and awful. Change is a part of life, kids will not be able to stay in their childhood bedrooms forever, but this book shows them that they should never accept a change and they don't have to move on - they can just wage a war an Peter is kinda a brat, and Grandpa lets him get away with it. Also I feel like there is no good message for kids in this book. Yes, it's nice that Peter ends the war because he loves his Grandpa, but it really bothers me that he gets just what he wanted by being stubborn and awful. Change is a part of life, kids will not be able to stay in their childhood bedrooms forever, but this book shows them that they should never accept a change and they don't have to move on - they can just wage a war and get what they want.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Even though this book written in 1984 (36 years ago!), the message is still applicable today. The book was awarded ten state reading awards and is still a recommended book for juvenile readers - in my opinion, adults could also learn a few lessons by reading it also. The main character, Peter, must learn to share and adjust to changes when his grandpa comes to live with them. By the end of the story, Peter, and the reader learn much about conflicts, solutions, love and human dignity. Very good!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    I read this a very long time ago for school. I remember loving it. It was so funny & impacting at the same time. It was a great read for a 10 year old & I really enjoyed it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mac Daly

    Pete is excited to learn that his beloved grandpa will be moving in with them. That is until he finds out he has to give up his room and move to the top floor. What ensues is a war to "get back what is mine." It's a fun story of bonding and growing. Even though the ending is not quite satisfying, the story is still sweet. Pete is excited to learn that his beloved grandpa will be moving in with them. That is until he finds out he has to give up his room and move to the top floor. What ensues is a war to "get back what is mine." It's a fun story of bonding and growing. Even though the ending is not quite satisfying, the story is still sweet.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kimberley

    I really liked this book, and I didn't expect to like it (someone asked me to read it and I didn't want to). I enjoy the concept that Peter, a fifth grade boy, is writing this story for his teacher as an assignment. I like the way he says things, I like that it rings true as something a boy his age would say and do. I love that the story moves quickly, it's funny, and good lessons are learned along the way. I'm still smiling about it, and that's always a good sign. :) I really liked this book, and I didn't expect to like it (someone asked me to read it and I didn't want to). I enjoy the concept that Peter, a fifth grade boy, is writing this story for his teacher as an assignment. I like the way he says things, I like that it rings true as something a boy his age would say and do. I love that the story moves quickly, it's funny, and good lessons are learned along the way. I'm still smiling about it, and that's always a good sign. :)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I wanted to read this book before the movie comes out. It was super cute, I just put it on my son's self so he can read it next. I wanted to read this book before the movie comes out. It was super cute, I just put it on my son's self so he can read it next.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Penny Wood

    This was awesome! Funny, entertaining, and witty. A perfect quick read. Can't wait for the movie that's supposed to come out about this book! :D This was awesome! Funny, entertaining, and witty. A perfect quick read. Can't wait for the movie that's supposed to come out about this book! :D

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michael A.

    This book was super funny and enjoyable. I recomend you read it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Baird

    We listened on Audible. It was adorable. The little kids and I all loved it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    Lots of fun! The movie took the charm out of this.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mermaid

    "I am putting down this promise in black and white so I don’t ever forget it. When I grow up and have a kid I will never make him do anything he really does not want to.." Robert Kimmel Smith, The War with Grandpa Peter likes his room. The way things are placed and organized is perfect and he sees no room for change and when his parents inform him that his grandfather will be moving in and taking up his beloved sanctuary Peter is livid!  How can he go from living in one bedroom to living in anothe "I am putting down this promise in black and white so I don’t ever forget it. When I grow up and have a kid I will never make him do anything he really does not want to.." Robert Kimmel Smith, The War with Grandpa Peter likes his room. The way things are placed and organized is perfect and he sees no room for change and when his parents inform him that his grandfather will be moving in and taking up his beloved sanctuary Peter is livid!  How can he go from living in one bedroom to living in another? A room that is located all the way upstairs?! His grandfather is the one moving in so why is Peter the one moving out?    I think what the author did really well was convey the emotions of Peter while making sure that Peter did have some valid points. When someone is moving into a household (not just a room) I feel that the decision should be discussed as a family and not told the week before what is taking place. Even though Peter is too young to make a decision of this magnitude and his parents should ultimately do what they feel should be done his feelings are still valid and he should have been given time to take in his new living arrangements. However, I dont think he realized what a brat he truly was! He was contradicting himself all the time. He wrote about how he did hold a grudge and when his mother tells him to do1 something he does it and doesn't whine until he gets his way like his younger sister does. My biggest issue with Peter is that in the end he ended up getting his way without feeling an ounce of guilt or understanding of the words empathy or sacrifice.   I will say that the talk Peters dad gave him the night he moved into the guest bedroom was well done. I think by telling Peter that he shouldn't make his grandfather feel like an intruder it was his way of explaining that his grandfather was experiencing the loss of his wife harder than expected. It was a warning that Peter didn't hear! All in all, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone simply because I don't agree with the ending or how things were handled by the adults in the household. I could feel my brain cells depleting as I read this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)

    Two and a half stars. I first read Smith's "Sadie Shapiro" books, and unfortunately the main character, Peter's voice is not convincing as a kid. He'll go along OK and then suddenly, yup--he starts sounding like an older man. A ten-year-old Sadie. Also, the "book as term paper" thing got old in the seventies with things like Freaky Friday and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. It's the same old "story within a story" framework that was first introduced about 200 years ago, and I get tired of i Two and a half stars. I first read Smith's "Sadie Shapiro" books, and unfortunately the main character, Peter's voice is not convincing as a kid. He'll go along OK and then suddenly, yup--he starts sounding like an older man. A ten-year-old Sadie. Also, the "book as term paper" thing got old in the seventies with things like Freaky Friday and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. It's the same old "story within a story" framework that was first introduced about 200 years ago, and I get tired of it. I can read fictional diaries and correspondence, but this just didn't do anything for me. If Smith had just told the story in a conversational tone, as if the kid were telling the story to a friend (the reader) it would have worked better...but better still if he had just written a story in the normal third-person, thereby avoided telling what he could have just shown. An omniscient narrator can reveal more about all the characters' thoughts and feelings, if they choose to. Was all that talk about "oops, my sentences are too long again" an excuse for not editing and tightening up the writing? Also, once again Smith spells out the moral in so many words as he did in Chocolate Fever, which I find condescending and unnecessary (and would have at the age the book is meant for, too). Kids are smart, they'll get it, you don't have to beat them over the head. They know their bossy friends don't know everything--and Peter certainly does, as he points out their mistakes and silliness. It would have been more convincing if Peter had learned that his new room had some advantages, like having the whole top floor to himself, plenty of places to put his stuff, etc.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Guy

    Peter's Grandpa comes over to live with peter's family and kicks peter out of his room. Peter loves his Grandpa but he likes he's room more. Peter plays tricks on his Grandpa but Grandpa is always one or even 2 steps ahead. I really enjoyed reading, "The War With Grandpa" because they made Jack the grandpa's character look act like Peter's older brother. The author Robert Kim Smith didn't do a good job showing how the characters looked like. He made a great job on describing the setting it made Peter's Grandpa comes over to live with peter's family and kicks peter out of his room. Peter loves his Grandpa but he likes he's room more. Peter plays tricks on his Grandpa but Grandpa is always one or even 2 steps ahead. I really enjoyed reading, "The War With Grandpa" because they made Jack the grandpa's character look act like Peter's older brother. The author Robert Kim Smith didn't do a good job showing how the characters looked like. He made a great job on describing the setting it made me feel like I was in peter's shoes. I also liked how it was first person, which made the reader see ho angry Peter was when he fell in the traps that Jack made. A thing that entertained me is how jack fought back against peter which made peter even angrier and fight harder but the Jack was such a prankster that he made peter fall for some of his own traps. Another thing that really entertained me is the relationship between Peter and his sister. I think that because Jennifer Peter's sister corrected peter every time he accidentally made a mistake, which made him mad, and then they start fighting. The thing that dazzled me the most in the book is how the author made the book like Peter is writing the story for his 5th grade teacher. A thing I didn't enjoy is the vocabulary it was really simple and made the book seem really cheep compared to other. I disagree with the author about that a kid will fight his grandpa because of a room but I still really enjoyed the fact that they were fighting because it added a lot of action to the book. In conclusion I think that the author made a great comedy/action book with the great Ideas like making peter write the book like a report for his class and adding his troubles with his sister I think anyone that likes funny pranks and little silly kid fights will really enjoy reading this book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I loved this book as a kid, and I wanted to see if I loved it as much as an adult. (I did. Almost.) This time around, I read it with my 7 year old son, and he laughed all the way through. Ten year old Pete has a pretty average, 1980's life. His little sister can be annoying, but his family is loving and he has a few good friends and doesn't mind school so much. Then he gets the news his recently-widowed grandfather will be moving in with the family -- moving in to his room. Pete, of course, love I loved this book as a kid, and I wanted to see if I loved it as much as an adult. (I did. Almost.) This time around, I read it with my 7 year old son, and he laughed all the way through. Ten year old Pete has a pretty average, 1980's life. His little sister can be annoying, but his family is loving and he has a few good friends and doesn't mind school so much. Then he gets the news his recently-widowed grandfather will be moving in with the family -- moving in to his room. Pete, of course, loves his room with all his heart, and so when Grandpa moves in and he has to move to the attic, Pete's friends encourage his decision to go to war with Grandpa. My son had a bit of a hard time understanding that, no, this is not a true story, but rather written as if it was being told (in a writing assignment) by Pete himself. I think that is what I liked as a kid, the fact that another kid could write a whole book! This time around I didn't really buy into the story. A war with your grandpa -- an old man you love? Weird. By now, I have lived in a lot of different rooms. What is the big deal, Pete, about trying out a new space? Couldn't his parents have spiffed it up a bit for him, like some new paint or something? Alas. Still a good, funny, fairly wholesome story.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Hodnefield

    This is the story of Peter Stokes and the year that he declared war against his grandpa. Peter's grandpa is moving from Florida to live with Peter, his sister Jennifer, and his mom and dad. Peter loves his grandpa and he couldn't wait until his grandpa arrived! That is, until he found out that Grandpa would be taking his room! This very special place that is all his! And he is going to be moved up into an ugly, old space in the attic! Peter decides that this calls for war! He types a note, tel This is the story of Peter Stokes and the year that he declared war against his grandpa. Peter's grandpa is moving from Florida to live with Peter, his sister Jennifer, and his mom and dad. Peter loves his grandpa and he couldn't wait until his grandpa arrived! That is, until he found out that Grandpa would be taking his room! This very special place that is all his! And he is going to be moved up into an ugly, old space in the attic! Peter decides that this calls for war! He types a note, telling his grandpa that he is officially declaring war on him until he gets his room back! Grandpa does not take this note seriously, so Peter has to get serious about making Grandpa believe that this is serious business! The book tells of the many ways Peter and Grandpa "attack" each other! Will Peter get his room back? You won't want to stop reading until someone finally surrenders! I begin the school year reading this realistic fiction to my third graders! They are always taken in by this fun, but loving family story! Elaine

  27. 5 out of 5

    cheyenne

    the plot of this book is that peter has to write a story for school.so he chooses to write about when his grandpa come to stay he has his own room on the bottom floor. and his grandpa couldn't stay on the thrid floor so peter had to move to the third floor.so evenbefore his grandpa came he was mad at him.all the time peter and his grandpa had a war and grandpa wants to get even. a connection that i have with this book is that if some one took my room and i had to move to the scariest room in th the plot of this book is that peter has to write a story for school.so he chooses to write about when his grandpa come to stay he has his own room on the bottom floor. and his grandpa couldn't stay on the thrid floor so peter had to move to the third floor.so evenbefore his grandpa came he was mad at him.all the time peter and his grandpa had a war and grandpa wants to get even. a connection that i have with this book is that if some one took my room and i had to move to the scariest room in the house.i would have done the same thing so i could take back whats mine.i also would have done the same thing that the grandpa did i would get even with peter too. i give this book 4 out of 5 stars because i like the book it is a fav. book of mine. but the bad thing about this book is that peter acts like a baby.just because his grandpa has to move in to his room.i would be mad but i wouldn't cry about it and i wouldn't do that.

  28. 5 out of 5

    JasonChan

    This book is about Peter's war with grandpa. Grandma passed away and Peters parents thought they should have grandpa live with their family. Since grandpa is moving in, he needs a room. Peter had to give up his room to grandpa and Peter had to sleep in a different room. Then Peter started a war with Grandpa. Their war is like playing pranks on each other. In the end Peter got back his room and Grandpa made his own little house at the basement. I can connect this to movies or real life situations. This book is about Peter's war with grandpa. Grandma passed away and Peters parents thought they should have grandpa live with their family. Since grandpa is moving in, he needs a room. Peter had to give up his room to grandpa and Peter had to sleep in a different room. Then Peter started a war with Grandpa. Their war is like playing pranks on each other. In the end Peter got back his room and Grandpa made his own little house at the basement. I can connect this to movies or real life situations. If your grandpa takes your room, so sometimes you get mad. This story the grandpa actually plays with Peter normally in real life the grandpa could care less. I would rate this book 4 stars because it was pretty funny, but at times it wouldn't be happening in real life. How the grandpa plays with Peter, I think that won't happen a lot in real life where a grandpa pranks the grandson.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    From a teacher's point of view, I think this is a good read. There is a nice message to it when we see the relationship between Peter and his grandfather: don't give in to peer pressure, family comes first, etc. There is a lot of figurative language (similes, hyperboles, and idioms). From a 5th graders point of view, it was an okay book. Most of my current class gave it 3 starts. Near all of them said it needed more action. That the "tricks" Peter and his grandfather were doing to each other were From a teacher's point of view, I think this is a good read. There is a nice message to it when we see the relationship between Peter and his grandfather: don't give in to peer pressure, family comes first, etc. There is a lot of figurative language (similes, hyperboles, and idioms). From a 5th graders point of view, it was an okay book. Most of my current class gave it 3 starts. Near all of them said it needed more action. That the "tricks" Peter and his grandfather were doing to each other weren't that big of a deal. The said there were a few funny parts, but not as many as other read alouds I've done this year. I like the book, but don't know if I will read it to next year's class.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    The kids enjoyed listening to this book (as soon as we finished it they asked to listen to it again), however, I (as a parent) took issue with some of the messages it conveyed. After finishing the book, we talked about the evils of "entitlement" and about how sacrifice brings blessings. There were other "good" messages in the book, but I was glad we had read it together so we could discuss it afterward. The kids enjoyed listening to this book (as soon as we finished it they asked to listen to it again), however, I (as a parent) took issue with some of the messages it conveyed. After finishing the book, we talked about the evils of "entitlement" and about how sacrifice brings blessings. There were other "good" messages in the book, but I was glad we had read it together so we could discuss it afterward.

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