Publication Date: June 7th 2018
Publisher: Lincoln Children’s Books
Read Date: June 30th 2018
Genre: Picture book / Children’s Fiction
A moving, poetic picture book about a young girl’s love for her granddad and how she copes when his grandad dies, written by poet and playwright Joe Coelho. This powerful and ultimately uplifting text is the ideal way to introduce children to the concept of death and dying, particularly those who have lost a grandparent. Beautifully illustrated by new talent Allison Colpoys.
Book is about little girl who loved her granddad dearly and carries his memory along with her. I liked the blurb and purpose of writing the book.
Book started with little girl telling the activities she did with her granddad in different seasons and shows her love for granddad by telling how happy she was how much she enjoyed all the time of all season with her granddad. I loved the way author gave word to all those moments a ‘Kaleidoscope of memory’ and the illustration of it was really beautiful.
The writing was poetic and young girl’s perspective to the story made it warm and heart touching that can take the reader back to memory lane of their grandparents. The bond between girl and granddad was sweet, I could feel girl’s strong attachment to him. The granddad in the story was Indian. Storyline was creative. I loved these lines below, in fact all the lines the depicted child’s imagination and love for her granddad.
“If all the world were deep space, I’d orbit my granddad like the moon and our laughs would be shooting stars.”
The book is very colorful with kid’s imagination. I loved the way child poured out her sadness through a memory in a book preserving them for forever. It was great idea to help kids to cope with the loss of their loved ones.
I would like it even more if author had written more on child’s emotion after the loss and also parents’ involvement with their kid helping her to put her thoughts and emotions into that diary. It seemed like granddad thought about it beforehand kid just understood the purpose of that.
Overall, it was moving engaging and beautiful story book that kids would love to read.
Author: Joseph Coelho
Illustrator: Allison Colpoys
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*** Note: I received e-ARC of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Publishers and NetGalley. ***
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