Books

To Grandpa, If You Get Hungry

Author
Jändel, Nicolas
Illustrator
Willis, Helena
Swedish title
Till morfar, om du blir hungrig
Category
Children \ Fiction 6-9
Pub Date
May 14, 2018
Format
148x210 mm, 96 pages, colour

How does a child handle the loss of a loved one? In this warm portrayal of a child's feelings when grief strikes and nothing seems as though it will ever be the same again, we join Elliot on his journey through the grieving process and out the other side. Elliot lives with his mum but sees his grandfather nearly every day after school. But one day his cousin Karin and Uncle Johan picks him up from school, which is very unusual. And when he gets home his mum is crying. Grandpa died during the night. Elliot feels as though a huge black hole has opened up inside him - like when a meteorite hits the earth - and he rushes out. But Uncle Johan runs out after him and takes him gently in his arms.

This wonderful story describes Elliot’s journey out of the hole, how difficult it is to feel normal when you are sad all the time, how you don't have the same energy and how nice it feels to let people help you. It is a book that can be read by anyone that wants to learn about the grieving process and everyone that wants to read an engaging, touching and creatively illustrated book.