Grandpa Green: A Life in Topiary.
A boy takes walks through an amazing garden of topiaries, each one illustrating a different chapter of a life. At the end, we meet the garden’s creator, Grandpa Green. He’s getting a bit on in years, but when he forgets the details of his past, the garden is always there to remind him.
Grandpa Green was named one of the NYTimes Best Illustrated Books of 2011. It’s such a gentle, irony-free book, it’s hard to imagine it’s from the mind of Lane Smith, who produced The Stinky Cheese Man,It’s a Book, and The Happy Hockey Family, to name a few.