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Grandma Forgets

Grandma Forgets
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Paul Russell & Nicky Johnston

Grandma Forgets

Paul Russell & Nicky Johnston

EK Books

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Grandma Forgets is the heart-warming story of a family bound by love as they cope with their grandma’s dementia. Over the years, the little girl has built up a treasure trove of memories of time spent with Grandma: sausages for Sunday lunch, driving in her sky-blue car to the beach, climbing her apple trees while she baked a delicious apple pie, and her comforting hugs during wild storms.

But now, Grandma can’t remember those memories. She makes up new rules for old games and often hides Dad’s keys. Sometimes Dad is sad because he has to hold onto the memories for both him and his mother now, but fortunately his daughter is only too happy to help him make new memories to share.

This is a warm, hopeful story about a family who sometimes needs to remind their grandmother a little more often than they used to about how much they care. She might not remember any of their names but she will always know how much she is loved.

Paul Russell is a teacher, artist, playwright, author and father of two. This is his first picture book.

Nicky Johnston is an educator, speaker and author/illustrator. She is passionate about promoting emotional resilience in children and raising awareness of mental health issues.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardcover | 245 mm x 255 mm | Colour | 24 Pages | 



Mum's Delivery, August 2017

"I found the book to be sweet, enlightening and it offered a positive spin on a situation that can be hard to explain to young children. I especially like how the book reflects on so many positive memories, and how it doesn’t matter that the Grandma has forgotten, as this means that they get to make new memories for her."

The Bottom Shelf, August 2017

"the love between them all just oozes from the page setting up the perfect opportunity to let the children tell and draw their own stories of their own special moments with their grandparents, perhaps cementing them even more firmly.. A family story that provides lots of comfort."

West Weekend, August 2017

"Dementia is difficult enough for adults to accept, let alone to explain to little ones. But this gorgeous picture book navigates this tricky territory with aplomb"

Mums Delivery, August 2017

"Grandma Forgets is a lovely uplifting story about a family whose Grandmother is suffering from Dementia. Written in the child’s narrative, it offers an insight into the relationship the child had with the grandmother and how they are keeping the relationship positive and coping with the illness."

Publisher's Weekly, July 2017

"It’s evident that Russell’s heroine knows that diminished memories don’t diminish love in the slightest; families in similar situations should find this a useful resource for framing challenging moments in positive ways."


ABC Adelaide, August 2017

"a really beautiful book, whether you have a rellie with dementia or not" - interview with author and illustrator August 15. Click here to listen

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