Orange Cheeks

by Jay O'Callahan
Illustrated by Patricia Raine
Four-and-a-half-year-old Willie loves to visit Grandma’s house, but has to work hard to keep out of trouble.
Price: $15.95
  • ISBN: 9781561450732
  • Publication date: 05/01/1993
  • Page Count: 40
  • Size: 10" x 8-1/2"
  • Age Range: 4-8


Four-and-a-half-year-old Willie loves to visit Grandma’s house, but has to work hard to keep out of trouble.

Will loves that Grandma’s house has stairs that are “dark as chocolate” and dust that dances in the sunlight, and that he can kiss Grandma’s wrinkled, crinkled cheeks and be served tea in the dining room. Willie has promised to stay out of trouble on this visit to Grandma’s house. Unfortunately, Willie (in the way of all four-year-olds) is so busy enjoying himself that trouble sneaks up on him again. But it’s Grandma to the rescue, as she works her magic to restore order.

This touching story of intergenerational love shows that with a little assistance from a grandparent, some problems can be readily solved and good secrets can be a wonderful gift.


Jay O'Callahan


Jay O’Callahan tours the world, performing at festivals and in theaters. His stories have been heard on National Public Radio, The Voice of America, and Mister Roger’s Neighborhood. Audio recordings of his stories have won a number of awards, including the ALA Carnegie Award, the Indie Award, the National Educational Film Festival Award, and the Parents’ Choice Award, which he has received four times. O’Callahan lives in Massachusetts.

Patricia Raine


Patricia Raine is a regular illustrator for The Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report (where she was a weekly political caricaturist), Raine has earned honors from the Society of Illustrators and the Illustrator’s Club, as well as from a number of print organizations. She lives near Washington, D.C.


“With plenty of tension and with characters that are true to life, this yarn celebrates an intergenerational love that is guaranteed to captivate an audience.” ―Booklist

“Raine’s textured, old-fashioned oil paintings winningly depict that wide range of four-year-old emotion—glee, frustration, pride, fear—while also capturing an abundance of grandmotherly affection.”―Publishers Weekly

More Details

AR Level: 3.2
F&P: GRL M, Gr 2, Genre RF
Themes: Grandparents, Mistakes, Secrets

Books By Jay O’Callahan