Title: Grandpa’s Big Adventure
Author: Paul Newman
Illustrator: Tom Jellett
Publisher: Penguin Random House
RRP: $19.99

A young boy, scared of the water, is being taught to swim by his Grandfather. Before they begin Grandpa starts to tell him of his big adventure, when he swam around the world. He waved goodbye to his wife and, with his things in a plastic bag, embarked on his adventure. What follows is a hilarious play on words as Grandpa talks of his swimming.

This picture book is perfect for a variety of age groups. Young ones will have fun with the story and some may understand the puns. I am sure older readers will delight in the puns, as I certainly did. The bright, colourful illustrations will make this a perfect read aloud for groups of youngsters. Possibilities for implementation in the classroom are many and this would make a brilliant inclusion for a Grandparents story time session. This book would also make a great gift for a new Grandfather.

Possible activities and discussion starters:

  • Lay open the book so the entire outside cover can be seen. Trace Grandpa’s adventure. Where did he go? What and where is the equator? Where is New York?
  • Research long distance swimmers. Why do gpa-outside-coverthey wear grease?
  • Using the link to the pdf below, frame-activity, design a patterned frame similar to those in the book. Draw a picture of your biggest adventure inside. Alternatively, draw you and your Grandpa.
  • Discuss the play on words used in the book. What do they mean? Can you think of any others?


Thank you to Penguin Random House Australia for supplying this book for review.