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Grandad's Island by [Benji Davies]

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Grandad's Island Kindle Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 1,102 ratings

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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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About the Author

Benji Davies divides his time between directing animation and illustrating children’s books, including the Bizzy Bear series for Nosy Crow, an imprint of Candlewick Press. He lives in London. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00MK391EQ
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster Children's UK (2 July 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 7403 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 1,102 ratings

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Benji Davies is an illustrator, author and animation director.

His first self-penned picture book, The Storm Whale, was the winner of the inaugral Oscar's First Book Prize in 2014 and was also shortlisted for Booktrust's Best Book Awards. His next picture book, Grandad's Island, won the children's book professional category at the Association Of Illustrator's prestigious World Illustration Awards and also picked up the Sainsbury's Best Picture Book Award and was crowned overall Sainsbury's Children's Book of the Year 2015.

Benji has worked on a diverse array of projects, from picture books and animated short films to music videos, commercials and title sequences. His books have been published in many languages and countries around the world.

He lives in London with his wife and daughter.

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4.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY FOR GRANDAD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, positive story, we love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book to introduce loss subtlely
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book about loss.
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