This book, by Cynthia Rylant, is a tender story about a young girl and her grandfather after her grandmother has passed away. Not only must Summer deal with her own hurt and loss about her grandmother, May, but she must somehow reclaim her grandfather who is crushed by his own sadness and loss.
Cynthia Rylant (born 6 June 1954) is an American author and librarian. She has written more than 100 , including works of fiction (, short stories and novels), nonfiction, and poetry. Several of her books have won awards, including her novel , which won the 1993 , and which was a 1987 book. Two of her books are .
A prolific author and illustrator, Cynthia Rylant often bases her works on her own background, especially on her childhood in the Appalachian region of West Virginia. Among her award-winning books for children and young adults are contemporary novels and historical fiction for young adults, middle-grade novels, lyrical prose poems, beginning readers, short stories, poetry, books of prayers, autobiographies, and nonfiction. Many of Rylant's books for beginning readers are published in series, such as her beloved "Henry and Mudge" books about a small boy and his very large dog. Other easy-to-read volumes by Rylant include rhyming picture-books such as If You'll Be My Valentine, Long Night Moon, Baby Face: A Book of Love for Baby, and Alligator Boy. In Kirkus Reviews a critic praised Alligator Boy for its "witty language … as well as the warmly nostalgic atmosphere" created by Rylant, while School Library Journal contributor Kathleen Whalin wrote of Long Night Moon that "books this good come along once in a blue moon."