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Paul Newman and Tom Jellett take you on a charming trip full of wild dangers and extraordinary delights . . . and the joy of sharing a tall tale.

I’m afraid of the water . . . but Grandpa loves it, and he’s teaching me to swim. Maybe if I can swim, I’ll have adventures like him one day . . .


Grandpa’s Big Adventure is an outstanding story for little ones that ticks many boxes: the bond between grandparents and their grandchildren, the irresistible lure of an adventure, ludicrous scenarios that ignite giggles, and best of all, a strong message about the importance of learning to swim.

Katie Oliveira da Silveira, Babyology

... this is a fun book from start to finish.

Moira Robinson, Magpies

The warm bond of trust between grandfather and grandson comes across on every page of this charming picture book, yet the quirky tale is a modern and tongue-in-cheek twist on that bond, with not a hint of sentimentality. Highly recommended.

Lesley Reed, Creative Kids Tales

Tom Jellett’s illustrations are always spot on – full of colour and expression. This wonderful celebration of the relationship between grandparents and grandchild quickly became an absolute favourite in our house and is now on high rotation during story time. I sincerely hope we get to read about more of Grandpa’s adventures in the future. Highly recommended.

The Kids Book Shop

The humorous counter-play between Newman's text and Tom Jellett's illustrations explores every nuance of word play, exaggeration, whimsy and just plain exaggeration in Grandpa's story. This extended grandpa joke is sure to entertain, but at its heart is a caring grandfather doing whatever he can to reassure his grandson.

Stephanie Reeder, Canberra Times

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    August 1, 2016


    32 pages

    RRP $19.99

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Awards and Recognition

  • Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards
    5–8 Years
  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards
    Notable Book
    Picture Book

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