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"Ulf Stark might be my favourite writer in the world and this book is as good as his best. Ulf writes absolutely from the child within." Julia Marshall, Publisher

About the Author

Ulf Stark was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1944. He wrote around thirty books for children and young adults, translated into more than twenty languages. He won many prizes in Sweden and internationally, including the German Youth Literature Prize and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. He was shortlisted for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2018.

Kitty Crowther lives in Belgium. With English and Swedish parents, and born in Brussels, she has written and illustrated over forty books which have been translated into twenty languages and won many awards. In 2010, she received the world’s most prestigious prize for children’s literature: the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.


"A touching, realistic, gently humorous story of how a sensitive boy copes with his treasured grandfather’s decline."
*Kirkus Review, starred*

"Autumn-hued illustrations by Crowther (Stories of the Night) juxtapose the dull hospital against glorious piney islands and a light-filled sea. Stark straightforwardly conveys family tensions, end-of-life concerns, and intergenerational adoration alongside an archipelago’s worth of vivid details."
*Publishers Weekly, starred review*

"Deftly drawn and sometimes amusing, the character portrayals are utterly convincing. Expressive full-page illustrations add color to the pages while supporting the story’s tone. An unusual adventure story with a core of mutual grandfather-grandson affection."
*Booklist, starred review*

"The writing is unflashy and deadpan except for when it’s unflashy and musical. Crowther’s bright, naïve pencil illustrations fit the offbeat text."
*The New York Times*

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