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Grandad's Island by Benji Davies

Grandad's Island

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Grandad's Island by Benji Davies
Hardcover $16.99
Apr 12, 2016 | ISBN 9780763690052

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Davies’s elegantly rough illustrations, evoking a child’s paintings, tap into the imagination of death with little fuss, and his story declines to offer kids instruction on how to feel. Indeed, “Grandad’s Island” doesn’t mention death at all, but is deeply in touch with the ways in which loss and abundance commingle in the mind, correcting and assuaging each other.
—The New York Times Book Review

The creator of The Storm Whale (2014) offers another thoughtful picture book guaranteed to spark discussion…Recommend to young families dealing with loss, especially those who prefer to gloss over the scientific realities.
—Booklist Online

In this gentle, magic-tinged allegory, Grandad lives in a small house back behind Syd’s home. After opening a "big metal door" in Grandad’s attic, the two are transported to the deck of a giant ocean liner, which towers over the neighboring buildings in their seaside town…As with The Storm Whale, Davies offers a story of loneliness and togetherness distinguished by understated, deeply felt emotions and a nautical milieu.
—Publishers Weekly

This book is innovative and useful as a way to talk about the idea of loss—without ever referring to actual death. Parents and educators can use this to talk with a child about how it’s normal to be sad and miss loved ones…Cheerful, brightly colored illustrations make this a fine choice to use with the youngest of audiences. Since death isn’t directly specified, this title also works for when a child’s loved one is moving far away. An excellent vehicle to gently approach the topic of loss. Recommended for collections needing these types of materials.
—School Library Journal

Grandad’s Island by British author-illustrator Benji Davies (The Storm Whale; Bizzy Bear series) celebrates a close grandfather-grandson relationship with warmth and style. Whether it’s read as a picture book about love, loss or just missing someone who isn’t around anymore, it’s a charmer. Cheerful cinematic spreads invite young readers into all sorts of intriguing places, from a cozy attic full of curiosities like a turtle teapot, to a vast ship’s deck, to the deep jungle of an island paradise.
—Shelf Awareness for Readers

A resonant, layered tale that will only gain in texture as its readers get older.
—USA Today

Loss is reimagined, gently, in this story of the sweet, rich relationship between a boy and his grandfather who stay connected even when they are apart.
—The Boston Globe

Grandad’s Island provides a gentle and affirming look at how those we love will always be with us, no matter if they are near or far away.
—Books to Borrow…Books to Buy (Kendal A. Rautzhan column)

Grandad’s Island is a heartbreakingly beautiful story. I highly recommend this book.
—Chris Haughton

Wistful, tender, and lovely.
—Kirkus Reviews

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