Created: 27th February, 2024

Granny and Bean

Author: Karen Hesse
Illustrator: Charlotte Voake
Publisher: Walker

A tender and atmospheric picturebook which shows that so-called 'bad' weather need not be a barrier to spending an enjoyable time with family. Granny and Bean perfectly captures small, sensory moments shared at the beach, such as waves reaching their toes, cheeks chafed red by the wind, and sorting and collecting shells, with the relationship between grandmother and grandchild perfectly and affectionately drawn. The lyrical, figurative language and evocative grey illustrations, marked with splashes of colour, contribute to the familiar atmosphere of a day at the seaside.