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What Do You Call Your Grandpa by Ashleigh Barton and Martina Heiduczek

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.

Bookworm reaction

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!

The verdict

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.

Book details

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
ISBN: 9780733340864
ISBN10: 0733340865
Imprint: ABC Books – AU (HarperCollins Australia)
Released: 2020
Format: 32 pages
Category: From 4 years, JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational
What do you call your grandpa? children and granpas play around the title

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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