Book review – Grandad’s Island

Grandad’s Island by Benji Davies⁠

As I’ve been doing these reviews, I’ve come across several that try to deal with the subject of death and losing a loved one. This is another such tale, though don’t let that put you off, as it must be stressed that the message is very subtle and the book can be enjoyed as a sort of adventure story in its own right.⁠

In brief, the story follows Syd, who goes to visit his grandad. However one day grandad is not in his usual place. He is in his attic and takes Syd through a special doorway, before they both travel to a beautiful, tropical island.⁠

Anybody who had Benji’s other books will recognise his illustrative style. Very accomplished and evocative of old screen printing techniques with its layered flat colours.⁠

A charming, poignant and colourful story with a lovely message about ‘departing’ that could be of assistance to parents.⁠

For anybody looking for further books in this area, I would point you towards ‘Waiting for wolf’ and ‘The Immortal Jellyfish’ both of which I have reviewed here.⁠

I’ve also reviewed several other books by Benji including ‘The Storm Whale’ and ’Tad’. Check them out!

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