Book Review: Grandad’s Island by Benji Davies

grandads islandSynopsis: At the bottom of Syd’s garden lives Grandad. Syd can visit any time he wants.  One day he finds Grandad in the attic. The two venture through a big, metal door and find themselves aboard a ship. They journey to Grandad’s beautiful, wild island and, after plenty of adventures, Grandad tells Syd that he is thinking of staying….

Themes: Loss, love, missing someone, death, adventure.

Why you should read it: One of my favourite picture books! A touching, wistful, beautiful exploration of what it means to lose someone dear to you. The book never mentions death and doesn’t force readers to feel a certain way. Colourful, cheery, exotic illustrations will invite young readers on an exciting, sensitively told journey.

Cross-curricular links: Geography (journeys, different settings, islands), PSHE (loss, death).

Perfect for: All age groups, but especially children aged 5-9. Book notes available on The Literacy Shed Plus website.

Published by: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK.

Read how I used this book with my Year 2 class here!

Please do leave a comment if you have used this book in your own classroom and how you used it!

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