Granny and Bean

By Karen Hesse

Illustrated by Charlotte Voake

From a stellar creative team, the lyrical story of a grandmother and grandchild as they share an intimate adventure by the windy sea – and make a stop for teatime.

Their laughter rose; full of joy, it spilled ’cross sand, through mist, as the curlews trilled. Grey skies, foamy waves and brisk wind await Granny and Bean when they head out for their day by the sea. But they are full of only wonder and delight at all the shore has to offer. They listen for the shrieks of the seabirds as they discover treasures hidden in the sand, greet dogs as they pass, leap over logs and settle out of the wind for a cosy treat before tramping homeward again. Rendered in simple, lilting text by Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse and expressive, windswept art from acclaimed illustrator Charlotte Voake, Granny and Bean have an adventure to cherish until their next magical day at the shore.

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 3+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781529516586
  • Published: 04 Jan 2024
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 235 x 270 mm
  • Pages: 32

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Customer reviews


'Told in rhyming verse, the story is a quiet study of life by the sea. The illustrations, which rely on grays, browns, and tans, perfectly capture the chill and damp of a blustery day. . . . Librarians and educators will appreciate that the book provides a gentle counterpoint to the plethora of “sunny days at the beach” books. . . Perfectly captures the mood of the day.' Kirkus Reviews

'One to Watch: "exquisitely illustrated […] I could hear the waves crashing and the wind whooshing on every page […] Granny and Bean perfectly encapsulates the joy of being out in the wild while knowing you are safe with someone you love."' The Bookseller

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