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I already know I love you
Crystal, Billy.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
A grandfather dreams of all the things he will do with his new grandchild.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.6 0.5 78091.
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J PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Based his own experience at becoming a grandfather, this debut children's book by the Emmy Award-winning actor and comedian describes the cavalcade of feelings that comes with being a first-time grandparent.

Author Notes

William Edward "Billy" Crystal was born on March 14, 1948 in Manhattan. He is an actor, writer, producer, comedian, and film director. He gained prominence in the 1970s for playing Jodie Dallas on the ABC sitcom Soap and became a Hollywood film star during the late 1980s and 1990s, appearing in box office successes When Harry Met Sally... and City Slickers. He has hosted the Academy Awards nine times from 1990 through the 84th Academy Awards in 2012. After graduation from Long Beach High School in 1965 Crystal attended Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia on a baseball scholarship. He later attended New York University, where he graduated in 1970 with a BFA from its Tisch School of the Arts.

Crystal's earliest prominent role was as Jodie Dallas on Soap, one of the first unambiguously homosexual characters in the cast of an American television series. After hosting Saturday Night Live in 1984, he joined the regular cast. Crystal's first film role was in Joan Rivers's 1978 film Rabbit Test. Crystal also made game show appearances such as The Hollywood Squares, All Star Secrets and The $20,000 Pyramid. Crystal starrred in the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally in 1989 for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe. Crystal then starred in the comedy City Slickers in 1991. Next, he went on to write direct and star in Mr. Saturday Night and Forget Paris. He continued working in film with roles in movies such as Analyze This and Analyze That.

Crystal won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event for 700 Sundays, a two-act, one-man play, which he conceived and wrote about his parents and his childhood growing up on Long Island. Following the initial success of the play, Crystal wrote the book 700 Sundays for Warner Books, which was published on October 31, 2005. His written works include Absolutely Mahvelous, I Already Know I Love You, and Grandpa's Little One. He made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013 for his title Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Comedian Crystal's unabashedly sentimental poem to his first grandchild rather clumsily starts on the opening endpapers, where the verse begins, "I'm waiting to see you in ballet shoes or is it football pads?" and concludes, "I can't believe I'm writing this, 'cause I don't know who you are." The rhyming narrative that follows echoes this hypothetical tenor ("I'm waiting to show you everything,/ hear your giggles and your sighs,/ see butterflies and monkeys/ and clowns who cross their eyes"), as Sayles's (This Mess) softly focused, emotion-filled pastels reveal a devoted grandfather and a girl-as an infant, toddler and elementary schooler. They engage in such activities as playing in the waves, sharing a strand of spaghetti, watching a baseball game and (reinforcing the narrator's unremitting affection) enjoying a variety of hugs. The verse's rhythm and rhyme at times falter and several passages are awkward (a picture of the narrator gazing upon his newborn grandchild in a hospital nursery accompanies this text: "Your mom is my daughter,/ and your dad is his mom's son./ You lived within your mommy,/ but now the time has come./ Get ready, sweet little one-/ your life will be just great"). Yet Crystal's name and the inherent appeal of his theme should put this in the spotlight on the grandparent/baby gift bookshelf. All ages. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-As a grandfather-to-be anticipates the birth of his grandchild, he expresses excitement for all of the special moments and activities he can't wait to share: bear hugs, the ocean, a Yankees game, a movie. The rhyming text is basic and yet effective. Crystal manages to come across as sincere rather than sappy so that the special nature of this intergenerational relationship shines through. As the narrator imagines the future, the soft pastel art depicts the baby nestled snuggly in Grandpa's arms. Other pictures show the wide-eyed red-headed child getting older, her grandpa and a fuzzy stuffed monkey by her side. The longevity and importance of this family relationship is thus visually supported and celebrated. After readers see and hear about all of the enjoyable events that will occur, the book comes full circle and ends with the birth of the child, "Get ready, little sweet one-/your life will be just great./I'm going to be your grandpa, and-/I can hardly wait."-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.