Many grandparents have an innate ability to captivate young audiences with extraordinary tales of adventure. In a brilliant new picture book by Paul Newman and Tom Jellett, we are regaled with Grandpa’s Big Adventure, a tale so enthralling and off-the-wall that it gives one little boy the inspiration to face his fear of the water.
As soon as my daughter and I finished reading this book, we flipped back to the start and read it again – and we laughed even more the second time. Grandpa’s Big Adventure is an outstanding story for little ones that ticks many boxes: the bond between grandparents and their grandchildren, the irresistible lure of an adventure, ludicrous scenarios that ignite giggles, and best of all, a strong message about the importance of learning to swim. As Grandpa says, it’s pretty hard to have a really big adventure if you don’t know how to swim. Right on, Grandpa.
Grandpa, it seems, was a regular Indiana Jones in his day. His big adventure swimming around the world is told with off-the-cuff hilarity and paired with illustrations that will have kids enthralled. It is impossible not to be captivated by Grandpa’s crazy tale, just as it’s impossible not to be touched by his dedication to teaching his grandson to swim. Grandpa’s Big Adventure is encouraging, laugh-out-loud funny and one of our new favourites. Pick it up from Book Depository.