GRANDPA’S TOP THREE, by Wendy Meddour, Illustrated by Daniel Egneus, Candlewick Press

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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.

Out September 2019

32 Pages Approx.


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This sweet book is about family and loss, and moving on with the help of the youngest member of the family. The MC in this book sees his grandpa acting different. He goes about ‘fixing’ his grandpa by NOT leaving him alone. It’s an endearing and sweet book of Henry’s efforts to do whatever he can to get his grandpa talking again and spending time with  him.

If a family has suffered a loss, and you need a book to help explain how others feel about the loss to promote understanding and compassion, this book would be very useful. The illustrations are different and to me suggest a cultural influence. At first, I didn’t like them, but they fit so well with the story, that not having anything but this style just wouldn’t work.

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