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The First Little Bastard to Call Me Gramps

Written by Bill Richardson

Illustrated by Roxanna Bikadoroff

  • 144 Pages
  • 9781487000547
  • 7.25" x 4.5"
  • HUMOR / Form / Limericks & Verse
  • HUMOR / Topic / Family
  • POETRY / Canadian


Publication Date October 10, 2015

Bill Richardson, winner of the Stephen Leacock medal for humour and former CBC Radio personality, delivers a “fresh and frisky” poetic take on transitioning into life as a retiree and living through the golden years.

In their frank and witty delivery, Richardson’s illustrated retirement rhymes for the hoary-headed do not just playfully reveal the inevitable weakening that afflicts the mind and body as the years wear on, they also cast light on the ageless, exuberant spirit that too often remains hidden inside. From retirement homes, cruises, and grandchildren to liver spots, memory problems, and geriatric sex, Richardson’s candid reflections on the trials, tribulations, and humiliations of growing old are funny, sharp, and irreverent.

Illustrated by award-winning artist Roxanna Bikadoroff, The First Little Bastard to Call Me Gramps is an essential companion to the graces, and disgraces, of ageing.


Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson is a Vancouver-based writer and broadcaster. He has hosted numerous shows on CBC Radio, including Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and In Concert. Most recently he has collaborated with composer and singer Veda Hille in the creation of Do You Want What I Have Got? — A Craigslist Cantata, which was staged at the Factory Theatre in Toronto. His books include Bachelor Brothers’ Bed & Breakfast, which won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and After Hamelin, a novel for children that was a winner of the Silver Birch Award.

Roxanna Bikadoroff

Roxanna Bikadoroff is an award-winning Canadian artist whose illustrations have been published internationally for more than twenty-five years. Her work has been published (and shown) in Canada, the United States, Japan, England, Ireland, Europe, Romania, Brazil, Israel, and China. Her illustrations have appeared in hundreds of magazines and newspapers, including The New Yorker and The Walrus magazine and on numerous book covers. She works in a variety of mediums, has won numerous awards, and has served twice as a judge for the National Magazine Awards. She was born in Montreal and currently lives in Vancouver.


"These poems are brilliant. They gleam with Bill Richardson's wit and deep humanity. It’s a collection of silly verse, profound insights, and deeply moving passages that will make you smile.  This book is not a confection, it is a feast!  Hilarious and shockingly human." Louise Penny, author of The Long Way Home