Grandfathers play an important role in most young children’s lives. Sometimes they even act as a substitute for an absent father. These books released for Father’s Day celebrate the relationship that exists between grandfathers and their grandchildren.
Grandpa’s Big Adventure - Paul Newman (Illustrated by Tom Jellett)
Some adults are known to embellish the truth to make a good story even better, and this boy’s grandfather is a culprit like no other. Although the boy is scared of water, his grandfather is going to teach him how to swim, because it is good for him and might even save his life one day. But that’s not the only reason. If he knows how to swim, then he will be able to have amazing adventures like his grandfather has, like the time he swam all the way around the world. He will be able to swim during the day and watch television at night, deal (cards) with sharks and have tea with the Prince of Whales. He will be able to swim on his back for half the day so he can get an even suntan, but like his grandfather, he probably won’t enjoy swimming in the rain because he doesn’t like to get wet.
This is a sweet story about a grandfather who likes to tell tall tales, all for the sake of getting his grandson interested in learning how to swim, and to help take his mind off his fears of the water. Adults will enjoy the puns and children will enjoy the clever illustrations. This is the perfect book for young children to read with their grandfathers.
Rating: 4/5 Published: August 2016
Grandpa Is Great – Laine Mitchell (Illustrated by Alison Edgson)
This is a cute book for young children, which celebrates everything that makes Grandpa great. Whether he can do magic tricks like the elephant grandpa, dance like the leopard grandpa or kick goals like the ostrich grandpa, this book lists a variety of skills and talents that set him apart from other family members, and therefore make Grandpa even more special in the eyes of the grandchild or grandchildren. With sweet animal illustrations and rhyming text, children will enjoy this book, and the heartfelt message that it leads up to.
Rating: 3/5 Published: August 2016
Wild Pa – Claire Saxby (Illustrated by Connah Brecon)
For some reason, there is the perception that grandfathers are all old, wrinkled, grey or balding, but as we know, this is not always the case. In this story, the boy’s grandfather is quite young- he has a full head of hair (which is still brown, by the way) and is quite adventurous. His garden isn’t made up of carefully pruned roses- he lets his pea vines grow all over the place. He doesn’t sit quietly and read the newspaper- he is active, acting like a pirate and chasing his grandson through the imaginary dunes. He doesn’t favour plain old beans and sausages- he’s a gourmet who enjoys the finer things in life. But despite Grandpa’s wildness, he also knows how to be responsible, and tidy up after himself when he makes a mess.
This is a great book that defies the stereotypes and shows that grandpa’s come in all shapes and sizes, with all sorts of interests.