Grandpa's Corner Store

DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan, Author, DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan, Illustrator HarperCollins $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-688-16716-5

Known for her colorful picture books about community activism (Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen) DiSalvo-Ryan addresses the ""super-storing"" of America in her latest offering. Lucy loves spending time at her Grandpa's corner grocery, where neighbors depend on the personal service. But when construction begins on a giant supermarket around the corner, Lucy and Grandpa fear that Grandpa's shop will be put out of business and he'll have to move away. Before she'll let that happen, Lucy uses her can-do spirit to rally the community on Grandpa's behalf and--at least for now--keep his store afloat. DiSalvo-Ryan again displays her knack for heartening tales that blend family love and neighborhood spirit. Lucy's adoration for Grandpa is palpable, and the community's support is rousing, never pat. Sprightly watercolors depict a vibrant cast of ordinary characters in a small-town setting. Her busy spreads emphasize people and the ways they interact--and the strength they find as they take pride in where they live. Ages 5-up. (Apr.)