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Tibble and Grandpa

A poignant picture book about grieving

Author Wendy Meddour and Illustrator Daniel Egneus

Suitable for:  2+ Valuable story for all families

Price:  £11.99

ISBN: 978-0-19-277195-7
Publication date: 05/09/2019
: 32 pages
Dimensions: 270x230mm

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Grandad is grieving. He hides away in his garden. He needs time. But he also needs love. Tibble is full of love and shows Grandad that remembering the people we love can be a wonderful, funny, poignant thing.


  • - Reassures children that whilst the grown-ups in their life may withdraw in the face of grief, they will come back.
  • - Shows us that death can be something that brings us closer to our loved ones.
  • - Offers a way into talking about death with children without a religious framework.
  • - From the author/illustrator team behind Lubna and Pebble, shortlisted for the Teach Primary awards.
  • Lubna and Pebble was also Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week.

This page was last updated on 27 July 2021 at 04:30 GMT


  • Well-paced and closely structured, this story works on every level, with Egneus' watercolors showing a range of emotion and activity, balancing clutter with space...Peaceful and heartfelt. The larger-than-life, almost dreamy illustrations show readers what Lubna sees and feels, and the rawness of both text and images penetrates the heart. . . . A true celebration of the endless creativity and resilience of children. -
  • This warm and touching picturebook, about a child's kindness to another, features children who have crossed a sea from a war to live in a world of tents. Evocative drawings express sadness and hope. - One to Watch Out For
  • A timely story of displacement, loss, friendship and kindness-universal messages with timeless appeal. -
  • A truly important story about the refugee crisis and the power of friendship. Highly recommended. -
  • This is a beautiful book, all rich colour and unusual angles, with some clever touches -
  • Egneus's warm, rich light-filled collages and Meddour's perfectly judged, very simple text effortlessly convey sorrow and abiding love. - The Guardian
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