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Just Like Grandpa Jazz

Written by Tarah .L. Gear

Illustrated by Mirna Imamovic

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Just Like Grandpa Jazz Review

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A wonderful picture book celebrating a beautiful relationship between a boy and his grandfather

June 2022 Debut of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2022

Frank loves stories and he especially loves the stories that his Grandpa Jazz tells him. Some of them are true – like the story of how Grandpa came to the UK on a huge boat because he had been invited to come and work. And some of them are made up, like how Grandpa Jazz fell to the very bottom of a volcano and saw the heart of the earth. Frank loves them all and know that, even though he and Grandpa Jazz do not look the same they are very alike when it comes to stories!

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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A message from the author, Tarah L. Gear; “I wrote this book to show how storytelling is a critical process in breaking down the construct of race, but also to depict the loving and fun relationship between a kid and his grandpa –two people who are captivated, enthralled, fun-loving, fiery, silly, eccentric and in a world of their own, but who the world treats differently because of a superficial difference.”

Julia’s Eccleshare's Picks for June 2022
While the Storm Rages by Phil Earle
Luna Loves Dance by Joseph Coelho
Never Grow Up by Roald Dahl
The Consquence Girl by Alastair Chisholm
Just Like Grandpa Jazz by Tarah L Gear
The Robber Raccoon by Lou Kuenzler
Friends Like These by Meg Rosoff



The book includes back matter about heritage and elements of anti-racism to aid discussions at home and in the classroom around racism, migration and the Windrush generation.

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Just Like Grandpa Jazz Synopsis

In Just Like Grandpa Jazz we meet a little boy, white-skinned, blue-eyed Frank and his Mauritian Grandpa, Jazz. As Jazz is packing a suitcase ready for a trip back to his homeland, he recounts the memories attached to each item of luggage to an eager Frank, who is delighted by each story and curious to know more about his family's history. He also learns that Jazz was sometimes treated differently because of his skin colour.

As well as carrying an important message, the book is vibrant and joyful, depicting the loving and fun relationship between a boy and his grandpa - two people who are captivated, enthralled, fun-loving, fiery, silly, eccentric and in a world of their own. A wonderful celebration of intergenerational relationships and full of adventure, children will enjoy exploring Grandpa Jazz's enthralling stories and anecdotes alongside Frank, and will truly delight in the surprise twist ending!

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ISBN: 9781913339104
Publication date: 07/06/2022
Publisher: Owlet Press
Format: Paperback

About Tarah .L. Gear

Tarah L. Gear is a debut author who studied Creative Writing at Warwick University. Tarah is mixed-race; her father is from Mauritius and her mother is from Wales. She also grew up in the Middle East where she witnessed and experienced many different cultures and met people with many different backgrounds. She believes this gives her rich background material to draw on and a deep empathy which influences her writing. She is fascinated by how memory and childhood experiences shape our values. Tarah lives in Warwickshire with her husband and two sons.

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