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  • Published: 1 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9780670078172
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

Grandpa's Big Adventure


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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 . . .

  • Pub date: 1 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9780670078172
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Authors

Paul Newman

Paul Newman is an Irish-born author, illustrator and art teacher based in Sydney. He has worked in Dublin, London, Hong Kong and Sydney for a variety of clients in advertising, newspapers and magazines such as; Leo Burnett, The South China Morning Post and The Irish Independent. Most recently he has been an editorial illustrator for News Limited working on the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, The Australian and The Weekend Australian. He teaches observational drawing at Enmore Design Centre.

He is the recipient of three Stanley awards for illustration.

Grandpa's Big Adventure, his first book for children, was shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards (5 to 8 Years category) and was a Notable Book of the CBCA Book of Year awards.

Tom Jellett

Tom Jellett is an Australian illustrator based in Sydney. Tom has been an editorial illustrator for News Limited, working on The Australian, The Weekend Australian and The Daily Telegraph and his work has appeared in the South China Morning Post, The Week and Medical Observer.

He is an acclaimed children's book illustrator whose work includes a series about a little pirate (The Littlest Pirate), books about a teddy bear called Ted (Ted Goes Wild, Ted Gets Lost and Ted Hits Town) and the Sporty Kids series, written by Felice Arena.

His picture books with Justine Clarke and Arthur Baysting, The Gobbledygook is Eating a Book and The Gobbledygook and the Scribbledynoodle have been Australian bestsellers. His other acclaimed picture books include Why I Love Footy and Why I Love Summer with Michael Wagner, and Grandpa's Big Adventure written by Paul Newman.

In 2011, Tom was included in the editorial category for Illustrators 53, exhibited at the Society of Illustrators, New York.


Praise for Grandpa's Big Adventure

“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


Awards & Recognition

  • Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards

    Shortlisted • 2017 • 5–8 Years

  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards

    Notable Book • 2017 • Picture Book


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