Zoom Book | Grandad's Island (Board book) | La Romi
Zoom Book | Grandad's Island (Board book) | La Romi
Zoom Book | Grandad's Island (Board book) | La Romi

Grandad's Island (Board book)

£ 6.99
This gorgeous Benji Davies title is now available in board book format!

At the bottom of Syd's garden, through the gate and past the tree, is Grandad's house. Syd can let himself in any time he likes. But one day when Syd comes to call, Grandad isn't in any of the usual places. He's in the attic, where he ushers Syd through a door, and the two of them journey to a wild, beautiful island awash in color where Grandad decides he will remain. So Syd hugs Grandad one last time and sets sail for home. Visiting Grandad's house at the bottom of the garden again, he finds it just the same as it's always been - except that Grandad isn't there anymore. Sure to provide comfort to young children struggling to understand loss, Benji Davies's tale is a sensitive and beautiful reminder that our loved ones live on in our memories long after they're gone.

Praise for Grandad's Island:

'Davies's elegantly rough illustrations, evoking a child's paintings, tap into the imagination of death with little fuss, and his story declines to offer kids instruction on how to feel. Indeed, Grandad's Island doesn't mention death at all, but is deeply in touch with the ways in which loss and abundance commingle in the mind, correcting and assuaging each other.' The New York Times Book Review
'The creator of The Storm Whale (2014) offers another thoughtful picture book guaranteed to spark discussion...Recommend to young families dealing with loss, especially those who prefer to gloss over the scientific realities.' Booklist Online
'As with The Storm Whale, Davies offers a story of loneliness and togetherness distinguished by understated, deeply felt emotions and a nautical milieu.' Publishers Weekly
'This book is innovative and useful as a way to talk about the idea of loss-without ever referring to actual death. Parents and educators can use this to talk with a child about how it's normal to be sad and miss loved ones...Cheerful, brightly colored illustrations make this a fine choice to use with the youngest of audiences. Since death isn't directly specified, this title also works for when a child's loved one is moving far away. An excellent vehicle to gently approach the topic of loss. Recommended for collections needing these types of materials.' School Library Journal
'Grandad's Island by British author-illustrator Benji Davies (The Storm Whale; Bizzy Bear series) celebrates a close grandfather-grandson relationship with warmth and style. Whether it's read as a picture book about love, loss or just missing someone who isn't around anymore, it's a charmer. Cheerful cinematic spreads invite young readers into all sorts of intriguing places, from a cozy attic full of curiosities like a turtle teapot, to a vast ship's deck, to the deep jungle of an island paradise.' Shelf Awareness for Readers
'A resonant, layered tale that will only gain in texture as its readers get older.' USA Today

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd 
ISBN: 9781471185106 
Number of pages: 30 
Dimensions: 168 x 190 mm

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The Royal Mail has had a tough year keeping up with demand and with local outbreaks in some delivery depots means mail hasn't been delivered for weeks at a time. The added pressure of Black Friday is always an extra challenge but now even more is done online. So we are making it compulsory to checkout with either Tracked 24 or Special delivery to get your items.

Why Tracked 24?

When depots are overwhelmed certain postage types are prioritised over others and Special Delivery followed by Tracked 24 are the top 2 forms of postage for Royal Mail.

Also for slower forms of postage there is a longer time you have to wait to claim. So even if items are delayed with Tracked 24 we will be able to get our money back faster and remake and send items.

Tracked 24 Prices

We are helping out by covering the cost up to 100% depending how much you order.

- £0-20 = £4.99
- £20.01 - 29.99 = £3.99
- £30-39.99 = £2.99
- £40-49.99 = 1.99
- £50+ = Free

Do you ship worldwide?

The short answer is Yes! We ship worldwide but it varies which options you have in each country and the cost. 

International Shipping

The standard shipping we offer is £9.99 for most countries outside of the UK. This is done through the national postal service in the UK (Royal Mail) working with your countries local postal service to get it to you. 

This service varies in times with an aim of 3-6 days to the EU / 7-10 days rest of the world. This is not available for all countries though as some have a proven track record of terrible service including lots of lost items. Saudi Arabia is a good example so we use Couriers Instead.

Courier options are the most reliable way but still not guaranteed at the moment with Covid how it is. We use FedEx and UPS mostly as they offer the most competitive rates and collect from us.

Can I Arrange My Own Collection?

Yes, we are happy for you to arrange your own shipping but please message us first and then we can invoice you and let you know when your item will be ready to collect.

I wanted to forward some information from an interview in the guardian with some scientific experts when it comes to Covid-19 and handling of packages from the virus.

Is there a risk of being infected by groceries and packages that we have delivered?

**Marcus:**It’s a low risk, but it’s possible that if someone is delivering a package to your house and they are sick, that may be a route for transmission. I would recommend that any time something new comes into your household, be conscious of washing your hands after handling it.

**Iwasaki:**The [virus’s] stability is pretty good on the cardboard. Once you get those packages, open them, quickly throw away the cardboard, wash your hands, and try to avoid touching your face. Take any measures that you can to minimize contact from the surface of the package to your face.

Is it possible the contents of a package could have been contaminated by whoever packed it?

**Iwasaki:**There’s definitely a possibility of contamination, but it’s much more likely that the outer cardboard itself will come into contact with a lot more people than what’s inside. And if it takes days to get to your home, whatever virus that was inside will be deactivated already.

+ UK Shipping FAQs

Tracked 24

The Royal Mail has had a tough year keeping up with demand and with local outbreaks in some delivery depots means mail hasn't been delivered for weeks at a time. The added pressure of Black Friday is always an extra challenge but now even more is done online. So we are making it compulsory to checkout with either Tracked 24 or Special delivery to get your items.

Why Tracked 24?

When depots are overwhelmed certain postage types are prioritised over others and Special Delivery followed by Tracked 24 are the top 2 forms of postage for Royal Mail.

Also for slower forms of postage there is a longer time you have to wait to claim. So even if items are delayed with Tracked 24 we will be able to get our money back faster and remake and send items.

Tracked 24 Prices

We are helping out by covering the cost up to 100% depending how much you order.

- £0-20 = £4.99
- £20.01 - 29.99 = £3.99
- £30-39.99 = £2.99
- £40-49.99 = 1.99
- £50+ = Free

+ International Shipping FAQs

Do you ship worldwide?

The short answer is Yes! We ship worldwide but it varies which options you have in each country and the cost. 

International Shipping

The standard shipping we offer is £9.99 for most countries outside of the UK. This is done through the national postal service in the UK (Royal Mail) working with your countries local postal service to get it to you. 

This service varies in times with an aim of 3-6 days to the EU / 7-10 days rest of the world. This is not available for all countries though as some have a proven track record of terrible service including lots of lost items. Saudi Arabia is a good example so we use Couriers Instead.

Courier options are the most reliable way but still not guaranteed at the moment with Covid how it is. We use FedEx and UPS mostly as they offer the most competitive rates and collect from us.

Can I Arrange My Own Collection?

Yes, we are happy for you to arrange your own shipping but please message us first and then we can invoice you and let you know when your item will be ready to collect.

+ Covid Secure Delivery Guide

I wanted to forward some information from an interview in the guardian with some scientific experts when it comes to Covid-19 and handling of packages from the virus.

Is there a risk of being infected by groceries and packages that we have delivered?

**Marcus:**It’s a low risk, but it’s possible that if someone is delivering a package to your house and they are sick, that may be a route for transmission. I would recommend that any time something new comes into your household, be conscious of washing your hands after handling it.

**Iwasaki:**The [virus’s] stability is pretty good on the cardboard. Once you get those packages, open them, quickly throw away the cardboard, wash your hands, and try to avoid touching your face. Take any measures that you can to minimize contact from the surface of the package to your face.

Is it possible the contents of a package could have been contaminated by whoever packed it?

**Iwasaki:**There’s definitely a possibility of contamination, but it’s much more likely that the outer cardboard itself will come into contact with a lot more people than what’s inside. And if it takes days to get to your home, whatever virus that was inside will be deactivated already.

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