Grandad’s Camper once took Grandad and Gramps ‘everywhere’ that was full of life‘. They toured where ‘there were so many people, so many animals and so many things to see’.
Yet now, Grandpa is on his own while the camper sits neglected, looking ‘sorry for itself‘. Once it was a ‘little home on wheels, which -[could be taken] wherever [they] pleased’.
So what is to be done? It seems that Grandad’s house by the sea is pretty and a lovely place to stay. There are items collected ‘from Grandad’s travels’ and lots of places to play. The garden is an ideal place, for example. It means that the grandchild and Grandad have a lovely time together. Yet their ‘favourite thing to do is to snuggle up on the sofa and listen‘ to stories about Grandad and Gramps’ adventures.
Is it possible that the adventures might begin anew? Could Grandad be encouraged to get the ‘little home on wheels‘ repairs that tt might ‘take one more trip’?
Harry Woodgate offers a warm, reflective and truly inclusive story of memories, adventure and love. It is matter-of-fact and unquestioning in its relationships, so that we realise the loss of Grandad, while understanding the love shared between all characters. What’s more the illustrations, which are David Hockney Normandy light, are glorious. It seems as though we’re strolling through the photograph books with grandfather and grandchild, empathising and remembering, too. Bookwagon loves this thoughtful, informed title, that shares themes with Nen and the Lonely Fisherman, while being its own, beautiful story.