Grandson and grandpa run away together for a one-night adventure in this chapter book from Swedish great Ulf Stark

"“I hate the food here,” Grandpa said.
“ They’ve taken all the joy out of it. Not even the water tastes any good.”
“Perhaps you should run away,” I suggested.
“I did a lot of that when I was young,” he said. “But I think it’s a bit
late now...”

But by the time I had to leave for the bus, we’d made a plan."


Ulf Stark was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1944. He has written around thirty books for children and young adults, translated into more than twenty languages. He has won many prizes in Sweden and internationally, including the German Youth Literature Prize and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Kitty Crowther received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2010.


This sensitive and thought provoking story will be meaningful to children aged 7+ who have experienced the aging or death of a beloved Grandparent.

CBCA: Reading Time

Recommended. Indeed, fan’s of Fredrik Backman’s A man called Ove will appreciate the humour and pathos behind every grumpy old man.


Beautifully delivered, this is a story of love and its legacy.

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