Reader Reviewed Grandpa Was an Astronaut by Jonathan Meres

Grandpa Was an Astronaut

Written by Jonathan Meres
Illustrated by Hannah Coulson

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September 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Grandparents | Fun | Poignant |

Interest Age 5-8 Best known for his hilarious World of Norm books, Jonathan Meres has here written a very different sort of book. Grandpa was an Astronaut is full of fun, indeed, it has a real sense of joy, but it’s also poignant. Grandparents take centre stage in this charming tale as a young boy and his grandfather let their imaginations take flight for an afternoon of space exploration. What Sherman likes to do best is gaze at the moon and play with his grandpa. After an afternoon doing just that, he goes home very happy, particularly when Grandpa gives him his special piece of moon rock. Grown-up readers will appreciate Grandpa’s comment that he’s waning as Sherman is waxing, and his gift suddenly takes on new meaning; young readers will mainly remember the fun - and Grandpa’s jokes. The story is told simply but very effectively and lively colour illustrations by Hannah Coulson make it lovely to look at too. ~ Andrea Reece

About the Little Gems series: Little Gems are in a gorgeous new chunky format, with high-spec production including coloured endpapers and jacketed flaps with activities. Additional features include high quality cream paper, Barrington Stoke font and illustrations on every page. They are perfect for 5-8's. These quality stories promote good reading practice for all newly independent readers.

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • James McNichol, age 6 - 'A little gem of a book. Grandpa Was an Astronaut is a beautiful little book.'
  • Elizabeth Bridgeman, age 9 - 'It's hilarious, cool and imaginative! It will be good for anyone who likes space!'
  • Caitlin, age 9 & Liam, age 7 Hill - 'This was a short but cool book.
  • Liam - I love to build rockets myself and pretend to go to the moon. But instead of the dog my cat goes in it.
  • Caitlin - I liked it because it was funny.'
  • Ethan Watkin, age 8 - 'I read this book to my 4yr old sister and she loved it.The story is exciting and makes you want to build your own rocket for a space adventure.'
  • Connor Lobban, age 8 - 'Blast off for an exciting adventure!'
    Holden Morris Jones, age 7 - 'Delightful, charming and enchanting! An imaginative jaunt into space by two characters we can all relate to.'
  • Huxley Glen, age 6 - 'A very colourful book to read. It was easy to read and full of lovely pictures which really brought the story to life.'


Grandpa Was an Astronaut by Jonathan Meres

Sherman loves the moon and he loves his grandpa even more - who has actually been to the moon! Grandpa was an astronaut and has a chunk of moon rock on his mantlepiece. Playing space games with Grandpa is one of Sherman's most favourite things ever so he's thrilled to hear that's exactly what a visit to Grandpa will involve.

High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

About the Author

Jonathan Meres

Jonathan Meres was born in Nottingham and spent many years sailing the seven seas as a merchant seaman. He gave it up to be a rock star but ended up being an ice cream van driver and comedian instead. As a comedian he won the Time Out award and in the '90s was nominated for the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival. As a writer he is best known for being the author of over 20 books for children and in particular his bestselling, award-winning series, The World Of Norm, with over 800,000 copies sold in UK. He has also been a World Book Day Author. Jonathan lives in Edinburgh with his wife and children.

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Book Info


96 pages


Jonathan Meres
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Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

15th August 2016




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