CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN for the next generation. A lesbian couple and a gay couple decide to raise a boatload of kids together after winning the lottery. Their progressive home is thrown for a loop when a conservative grandfather comes to live with the family.— Parrish
Suddenly, everything changes. Sumac has to give up her room to make the newcomer feel at home. She tries to be nice, but prickly Grumps clearly disapproves of how the Lotterys live: whole grains, strange vegetables, rescue pets, a multicultural household... He's worse than just tough to get along with -- Grumps has got to go! But can Sumac help him find a home where he belongs?
About the Author
Caroline Hadilaksono was born in Indonesia, moved to Los Angeles when she was twelve, and while she currently lives in New York, she will always consider herself a California gal. She is equal parts designer and illustrator, and one of the original cofounders of The League of Moveable Type. These days she's busy making pictures, books, and educational science apps. She dreams of traveling around the world and one day living in a tree house. Find her online at hadilaksono.com.
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year
"[Donoghue's] fans will recognize not only her gift for representing a child's point of view, but also her knack for showing how a family, no matter how small or large, develops its own language, even its own culture." -- The New York Times
* "A family very much of our century... Most refreshing is that the Lotterys' many differences... are simply part of their own normal. Full of clever names and wordplay, this engaging tale... will resonate with readers from all backgrounds." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Donoghue (Room) vividly captures the Lotterys' chaotic but always loving home through a flurry of inside jokes, banter, and nicknames. If some readers have difficulty keeping the members of the large family straight, Hadilaksono's lively David Roberts–esque illustrations... provide a colorful guide to the Lotterys' wonderfully offbeat home." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review