Grandfather and the Moon (Hardcover)
This book is a heartbreaking work of art. While the plot is fantastical (a girl wins a trip to the moon), the beauty is the descriptions of despair and disappointment. How do you find life after someone you love dies? What do you do if you achieve your dream and it leaves you empty? Who will be there if you fall?
This book is supposedly for young people. I recommend you read it with someone older, for perspective.
-- Cody— From Cody M. Staff Picks
This moving graphic novel tells the story of the affection between a girl and her grandfather. When the grandfather withdraws in grief after his wife dies, the girl is determined to live life fully herself and enters an extraordinary contest -- the result is a sensitive portrayal of pursuing a dream. Grandfather, a man of few words, is devastated when his beloved wife succumbs to cancer, and he sinks into depression. His granddaughter ("MarMar," as he calls her) has a different response. She decides to enter the Who Will Go to the Moon Contest, and when she actually wins, she hopes that Grandfather will be proud of her. She embarks on the thrilling journey and at first it is wonderful, but just as she is about to reach the moon, her journey takes an unexpected turn. Written by Stephanie Lapointe and beautifully illustrated by Roge, this imaginative graphic novel explores intergenerational relationships, love, death, dreams and illusions.
About the Author
Stephanie Lapointe is a singer and actress who has produced three solo albums and is involved in various television, theater and film productions. She has co-directed several documentaries abroad for Radio Canada International and Care Canada. She is also the author of the young adult novel, Victoria. Stephanie lives in Montreal. Roge is an illustrator, painter and writer with more than twenty children's books to his credit. He has won the Governor General's Literary Award, and his book on Haiti was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book. He lives in Montreal.