Grandma Z (Daniel Gray-Barnett, Scribble)
Albert leads a very ordinary, monochrome life. But on his birthday, when his parents are planning the same boring routine, there is a surprise knock on the door. Albert’s larger-than-life grandma has arrived to whisk him away on her motorcycle and take him on magical adventures, where they will see and do the most extraordinary things. Grandma Z celebrates the power of vivid imagination, and the illustrations are absolutely spectacular, with bold colours and strong brushstrokes that convey a magical world. The burnt orange hue that is used throughout the book feels retro, but coupled with the ultra-modern Grandma Z and her groovy motorcycle, it becomes utterly of the zeitgeist. Author-illustrator Daniel Gray-Barnett has published illustrations in the New York Times and the New Yorker, and with this picture-book debut, he has created something entirely unique that is both readable and a visual feast. This picture book is a must-have for groovy grans and their grandchildren to revel in its cheeky ideas for adventure. A great read-aloud experience for children aged three to six, it will also be admired by art and design aficionados.
Angela Crocombe is the manager of Readings Kids