We are sad to share the news that Robert Kimmel Smith, novelist and author of the children's books Chocolate Fever and The War With Grandpa, died Saturday April 18th at his home in Manhattan. He was 89.
He passed peacefully from natural causes, said Margery Nathanson, his wife. He had suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease since 2015.
Mr. Smith’s books for young readers have been widely taught in elementary school classrooms for decades. They feature young boys whose charmed misadventures make them kinder and wiser. The author often said his goal in writing was to animate children, particularly boys, with the love of reading.
A Hollywood film based on The War With Grandpa, starring Robert De Niro as Grandpa, is slated for release later this year.