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From the world of The Storm Whale: Grandma Bird - Benji Davies


Noi is back! And he isn’t at all sure about staying at Grandma’s during the Summer.
Grandma boils seaweed for soup and she is always busy, so there’s not much to do on the tiny island where she lives. But that’s before Noi gets swept up in the dramatic rescue that will mark the beginning of their friendship as well as the start of their summer explorations together.

Grandma Island was by far the most anticipated release of the season and it does meet the expectations, as the ingredients of The Storm Whale are all there: Noi wearing his balaclava, the sea, a seashore to explore, a storm, an animal to rescue, a bond with a grown up that gets stronger, and Davies' unmistakable illustrations evoking that North-Atlantic landscape we all fell in love with.
In The Storm Whale, Benji Davies created a non-specific location somehow combining the feeling of Cape Cod unspoiled beaches and the stunning panoramic views from the cliffs along England's East Coast.  The rocky island in Grandma Bird could be anywhere in the Northern sea, and instantly reminded me of some Swedish kid lit classics settings, Storm-Stina (Lena Andersson) and Seacrow Island (Astrid Lindgren) in first place.
Davies works in pencil and ink then scanning and working up in digital, via Photoshop and a wacom tablet.

Grandma Bird will be out online and in store tomorrow, both in hardback and paperback.
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Grandma Bird [18th October 2018] PaperbackHardback
Words&Art by Benji Davies
English-language edition published by Simon&Shuster
Reading age: 2+
Themes: Friendship, Grandparents

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