A review by Emma Streeton
What do you call your grandpa? is beautifully illustrated. It pays tribute to the special bond between children and their grandfathers. No matter what name you call your grandpa, one thing is for sure: it is always fun to spend time with them. This book celebrates that special time spent together and the importance of this time clearly shines through in the beautiful illustrations.
I love that this story celebrates diversity and, for young children, gives an introduction to cultures through words. We meet an Italian called Nonno, a Nigerian called Nna Nna, a Welshman called Taid and many more. The authors use gorgeous pictures to create real-life scenes of grandfatherly fun and love, full of colour and vibrancy. The selections incorporate warmth, gentle humour and a variety of languages which are sure to engage.
My two bookworms enjoyed pouring over the illustrations. They also had great fun practicing the many different names for grandpa and trying to guess which country names referred to. I would not be surprised if, next time they talk to their own grandfathers, they try out a few different names!
Together Barton and Heiduczek have produced a delightful picture book celebrating grandfathers from every corner of the globe. What do you call your grandpa? is a fabulous choice for school or home and is one that will be sure to delight.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Imprint: ABC Books – AU (HarperCollins Australia)
Format: 32 pages
Category: From 4 years, JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational