Just Imagine

Tibble and Grandpa

Authored by Wendy Meddour
Illustrated by Tibble and Grandpa
Published by OUP

Handle this one with care, and have the tissues on standby!

This beautiful book, illustrated by renowned artist Daniel Egneus, carries such a powerful emotional punch that it made me blink away tears at my desk. Grandpa is grieving, and busying himself in his garden. Tibble doesn’t understand why Grandpa is ignoring him, but never stops trying to communicate with him. Slowly, Grandpa returns. Together they decide on their top three of everything, from sandwiches to jellyfish. Finally, Tibble tells Grandpa that his top three Grannies include “Granny who is dead” which leads Grandpa to share his top three memories of his wife.

This gentle book deals with death in an open and honest way, and would make a useful starting point for discussing bereavement with children. It would be reassuring for a child to see that although people can become lost in grief, they return to us if we continue loving and being kind to them. It also reinforces the point that it is healthy and a good thing to talk about people who have died, and that these conversations can bring comfort to the bereaved.