The past can contain happy memories, but the present is just waiting to turn into something fun. Jay limits her signature crackle glaze to only the nostalgic parts, but all of the oil paint backdrops brim with nimble details, her inclusion of the surreal giving some paintings a gently Bosch-like air. This contemplative blend of philosophy, science, and whimsy will get readers thinking.
Their relationship is warmly drawn as Granddad recalls a string of his own glorious days (“I have laughed until dawn with friends old and new”). They look through his sepia-tinted photo album, and he offers grandfatherly advice: memories are grand, “but every day brings the chance of a new adventure.” Whether or not the moral persuades, the story’s energy lies in its science fiction speculation, including the exciting possibility of shrinking to “one billion trillion trillionths of a centimeter.”
A wonderful choice for one-on-one sharing that demonstrates the value of science and contains a weighty message for both child and adult.
—School Library Journal