Grandfather and the Moon

Grandfather and the Moon

Graphic Novel - 2017
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Tells the story of a loving granddaughter who worries about her grandfather's depression after the loss of her grandmother and enters a contest to travel to the moon, with unexpected results.
Publisher: Toronto ; Berkeley : Groundwood Books : House of Anansi Press, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781554989614
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm


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Mar 15, 2021

I would like to give the artist 4 stars, but then you would (rightly) assume that rating was for the whole book. So only 1/2 star is for the writing and the rest is earned by the artist.
Beautifully illustrated in muted colors, almost monotone; the drawings and coloring perfectly mesh with the mental meandering and memories of the narrative. I waiting for the narrative to bring a sense of closure, or celebration for a child reader who has lost a parent or grandparent. But the writers seemed to get wrapped up in themselves, instead.
NO--I would not recommend this for any child and caution others to not waste their time (unless you are studying styles of illustration).

Mar 14, 2020

I found this book so incredibly sad. Beautifully sad. I read it as a metaphor for life and how we spend our time as well as who we spend our time with that really matters. Sometimes we think we need to do impressive things to please those we care about when really if they truly care about us, all they want is our time because it is the most precious thing we have to give them. Life is short so spend it together.

ArapahoeStaff19 Jul 17, 2018

Sweet melancholy. A young woman reflects on her relationship with her Grandfather after the passing of her Grandmother. "It's so easy not to notice a man of few words." The text and illustration are almost quiet, like the Grandfather himself. This perfect duo invites you to be a part of a very intimate relationship.

EvaELPL Nov 08, 2017

One of the most stunning, subtle, and beautiful graphic novels I've encountered. The premise -- a grieving grandfather and a contest to visit the moon -- belies the powerful writing and beautiful artwork here. An absolutely wonderful view on grief, depression, and the universe.

JCLChrisK Aug 09, 2017

Striking, somber, simple, and spellbinding. A grey meditation on love and grief with concise, lyrical text and muted illustrations. Somewhat obtuse and fanciful, yet entirely emotive and evocative. As for format, this is to picture books what graphic novels are to comic book issues. It's hard to think who to recommend it to yet it's hard to imagine anyone not finding a poignant beauty in it. It's hard to know what else to say.


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