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Tell Me A Story, Grandad-bookcover

By: Robert Gallagher

Tell Me A Story, Grandad

Pages: 26 Ratings: 4.9
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I wrote Tell me a Story, Grandad as a result of telling a few stories to my grandchildren. They liked them and I enjoyed telling them, so writing the stories down in book form was a natural development. I also knew a talented artist who was interested in being involved in the project.

Tell me a Story, Grandad is a book based in present-day London. There are ten interconnected stories and characters, like ‘Bob’s House in the Clouds’ and ‘My Friend with No Name.’ All invite you to join them in a place somewhere between reality and the world of the imagination. Each story is illustrated by a picture with a specific colour and, like the stories, they are interlinked.           

The book is for children aged between four and eight, yet it is also for readers who are much older than this. I hope the book will be read not just by children, but by parents or grandparents as bedtime stories for their children or grandchildren. Hopefully, mums, dads, nans and grandads will add their own imagination and details so that each story becomes theirs as much as mine.

I hope you and children everywhere enjoy the stories.

Robert is also the author of Léa and The Moon, Chloé in Love, Zoé under Minoa and Daniella and God, which make a fictional quartet for adults entitled Four Sides of a Circle.

Robert is a teacher and author who has lived and worked in the UK, Greece, Kenya and Switzerland. His wife is French and is also a writer. They have three children and grandchildren and have been based in the South of France for many years.

Customer Reviews
12 reviews
12 reviews
  • Karen

    A great book to add to my kids bookshelf. I've been enjoying reading a different story every night and so have my kids. My daughter particularly likes the story of "my Friend with no name" and "Bob's house in the clouds" both imaginative and with captivating illustrations.

  • Anonymous

    'Tell Me a Story Grandad' by Robert and Lara Gallagher is a lovely and compelling read. It's honest and clever. Together with the illustrations, the book is beautiful and evocative. I loved it!

  • John Guse

    A charming and inventive set of tales. The illustrations by Lara Gallagher are truly outstanding and not only bring the text to life, but offer much food for the imagination -- of children, of course, but also the Grandads (and Grandmothers) recounting them.

  • Omar Ali

    The magic of storytelling comes from evoking worlds that one can help co-create through one's own imagination. This is what this little book does. It invites us to complete what is being offered; and with such ease. The stories remind me of the afsanas (short stories in the South Asian tradition) that my Abu used to tell me, my sister, and anyone else lucky enough to listen in and find themselves transported, on edge, become curious, excited, wonder, and sometimes find resolution. Rob and Lara invite us into such stories and images that gently ask us for our attention ... and delight.

  • Terry Stannard

    Beautiful artwork to accompany the type of stories I loved hearing as a kid. I particularly liked the thoughtful linking of stories and pictures. A book to feed the imaginations of children and adult readers. It will bring a smile to everyone who reads it.

  • Holly

    A beautiful set of short stories accompanied by captivating illustrations. The images are beautifully drawn and magical. The book allows the mind to enter a world of imagination and poetry. The way the stories are linked up and inter-connected through various magical objects makes you want to read on to the next.
    Highly recommended to all, big and small !

  • Laura Cox

    This is truly a beautiful book. The stories are so intriguing and magical, they really fuelled my imagination and recovered forgotten memories. I particularly loved the storey about King Charlie on the beach which reminded me of wonderful family holidays and all the interesting people we would meet. Each storey brought back my childhood fascination of mystifying tales and are told in such a gentle way that children of all ages will enjoy them. The artwork is amazing, so intricate and alive, together with the brilliant use of colour and monochrome they compliment each storey perfectly.

  • Felicity R

    This is a lovely selection of imaginative short-stories for children - although I, as an adult, enjoyed them too! The intricate and charming illustrations - which really bring the stories to life - were a definite highlight for me.

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