A young boy’s original game coaxes a grieving grandpa to reconnect with the world in a touching intergenerational story of love and resilience.
Henry loves talking with Grandpa, but Grandpa has stopped listening. Mom says to just give him time. But Henry wants to talk to Grandpa now. So Henry tries his favorite game: Top Threes. And something amazing happens: Grandpa starts talking again. Out of a tale of favorite sandwiches and zoo animals, outings and trains, emerges a moving story about love, loss, and the wonder of grannies and grandpas.
September 3, 2019
Up to Kindergarten
was a lecturer at Oxford University before becoming a full-time writer. She is the author of numerous picture books, but Grandpa’s Top Threes
is her Candlewick Press debut. She lives in the U.K.Daniel Egnéus
is an award-winning illustrator whose work has been published around the world, including special illustrated editions of Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys, Black Dog, The Monarch of the Glen,
and American Gods
. This is Daniel Egnéus’s Candlewick Press debut. He lives in Athens, Greece.
Well-paced and closely structured, this story works on every level, with Egnéus' watercolors showing a range of emotion and activity, balancing clutter with space...Peaceful and heartfelt.