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Grandpa and Tuska HB

Authors: John Phillips Illustrator: John Phillips
Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)
Family, Young Children
230mm x 260mm

Tuska is a young elephant who loves spending time with his grandfather. And Grandpa loves spending time with him. Tuska never grows tired of Grandpa’s thrilling stories about being a young elephant and thinks Grandpa is the wisest elephant he knows.

But Grandpa is getting old, and what’s more, he’s getting forgetful and, well … he’s acting rather strangely these days!? His stories are not making sense and sometimes he doesn’t even recognise the other animals. Grandpa’s behaviour is making Tuska feel scared.

When Grandpa goes missing, Tuska is determined to risk everything to bring him home. But who will save who? Grandpa and Tuska share one last adventure together with a surprising outcome …

The problems of old age and dementia touch many families. In Grandpa and Tuska, John Phillips has created a gentle, up-lifting story that will help children understand and cope with the difficult changes that often come with ageing loved ones.

John Phillips

John Phillips

The Duke of Hinklewinkle, Johns first book with Bigskypublishing has been shortlisted for the 2018 Book of the Year, Australian Speech Pathology Awards. John Phillips  is a talented and versatile author/illustrator who loves to create bright, lively illustrations full of movement and fun. John has combined his passion for entertaining story telling with his eclectic […]

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6 reviews for Grandpa and Tuska HB

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    (Age: 4-6) Highly recommended. Themes: Family Life; Australia – Social Life and Customs – Twentieth Century. Granny’s Place is a nostalgic story that celebrates the loving relationship between a young girl and her grandparents. Memorable visits to the family farm are beautifully described; the simple joys of bouncing on the springy beds, sharing freshly baked bickies and cakes around the wooden kitchen table and stamping through carpets of pine needles. Packing up the farm and moving to the city after Pa’s passing, brings new challenges. When Granny’s welcomes the family to her purpose-built red brick bungalow, the mood changes, no pine needles, ducks, hens or geese, no shrieking metal gates. Granny’s love is constant, she still bakes for her family and welcomes her grandchildren. Shane McGrath’s engaging illustrations encapsulate rural and city life in the 1960’s. The evocative narrative is enlivened by the earthy palette of greens, reds and browns, energetic characters, detailed vignettes and large sweeps of white space that focus the eye. Take time to explore in the old mudbrick farmhouse, there’s Pa’s World War 1 memorabilia, the old pump organ ready to be played and treasures hidden in old suitcases. Alison Paterson’s sensory descriptions bring these warm memories to life. This is a delightful picture book to share with grandparents and great grandparents. A great resource for the Early Years History and Social Sciences, comparing how family life and places change over time. Rhyllis Bignell, ReadPlus

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    This an outstanding children’s book about a young girl and her cousins, remembering, exploring. It is about all the marvellous things one finds when they visited their Grandparents house. A magical tale filled with exquisite illustrations and abundant memories to treasure

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Granny’s Place is a beautiful story showing three generations of family and the love that binds them. It is also a story about loss, dealt with in a caring and sensitive manner, reminding us of the preciousness of family and memories that live on.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Author, Allison Paterson, has captured the era of the grandparents well, with descriptive words of what the main character could see, feel and hear that made you feel like you are right there at Granny’s place too. The author’s words read with a calm fluency, impressing upon the reader that Granny’s place was filled with love, as well as the exciting adventures that come with farm life.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Illustrator, Shane McGrath, has nailed all the details of the grandparents’ era in his illustrations, from the style of the house on the farm and the interior design with all the knick-knacks, to the colour schemes used at the time. He then changes the colour scheme and architectural elements in the new house in keeping with the era when Granny moves from the farm to town, showing the stark contrast in ways of life. Granny’s Place is a beautiful story showing three generations of family and the love that binds them. It is also a story about loss, dealt with in a caring and sensitive manner, reminding us of the preciousness of family and memories that live on

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Through the voice of a little girl the reader experiences what can be missed and gained when big

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