Grandad's Island by Benji Davies

Grandad's Island

Written by Benji Davies
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3+ readers   5+ readers   UKLA 2017   
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Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award Syd and Grandad’s tropical adventure tells a much bigger story and conveys an important message about loss and love. Grandad’s house is at the bottom of Syd’s garden and Syd can go round any time he wants. One day Grandad isn’t in any of his usual places and Syd finds him in the attic. There’s a big metal door at one end, and through it a ship, ready to take Grandad and Syd to a faraway island. Grandad doesn’t need his stick on the island and is very much at home with the cheery parrots and bright flowers. He decides to stay behind, though he’ll miss Syd very much. Simply told and beautifully illustrated this is a very special book. ~ Andrea Reece


Grandad's Island by Benji Davies

After the phenomenal success of The Storm Whale and On Sudden Hill, this new book by Benji Davies deals with the emotional topic of losing a grandparent. Subtly told, this beautifully illustrated book tackles a difficult subject with great sensitivity and depth.


Praise for The Storm Whale:

"A future classic and a must have for the discerning picture book fan" The

"The Storm Whale is an evocative portrayal of a child's need for friendship, told
through the sparest of text and imagery in this beautiful picture book." The

"The Storm Whale is one of those rare picture books that evokes loneliness with
such fragility, and that conveys such feeling and beauty that it cannot fail to move its
readers… an absolute gem, do not miss out." Library Mice

"I have to admit that I was fighting back tears by the end. It's just so incredibly sweet
and really pulls the heart strings!" Being Mrs C

"Charming and engaging this book gives lots of scope for child to adult discussion
about feeling lonely and saying goodbye to something loved." Love All Blogs

"Poignant, sensitive and understated […] this is a not to be missed tale where the
narrative thrust and emotional span transcends the simplicity of its words." Droplets
of Ink

About the Author

Benji Davies

Benji Davies is an illustrator and animation director. From a young age he was often to be found painting at the kitchen table, a scene which can still be seen to this day. Benji studied animation at university, and has since 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 co-editioned in many languages and countries around the world. The Storm Whale is his first self-penned picture book. He lives in London with his wife Nina.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Publication date

2nd July 2015




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