The Grand Expedition

The Grand Expedition


Written and illustrated by Emma Adbåge
Translated from Swedish by Annie Prime

They have made a very serious decision. They are going on an expedition. All by themselves. Just the two of them.

Equipped with a backpack of basic supplies, they trek outside and set themselves up next to a big rock. Dad stays at home, while they set up camp, sings songs, and munch on pickles. But when the pickles are gone and the mosquitos come out, what’s to be done?

Inside, outside, and back again, The Grand Expedition is the comic story of two kids, their dad, and the everyday expeditions that make life grand.

ISBN: 978-1-59270-245-9
7.6" (W) x 9.2" (H) • 32 pages • HCJ

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"There is something entirely lovely about this quiet book. Any child who has camped in the backyard will see themselves here. From the little drama of the ant in the book to the pickles to the need to suddenly return home, each element is so clear, so child centered, so realistic. The strong relationship the children have with their father is another highlight of the book. The illustrations have a supporting quiet simplicity to them and yet the busyness and clutter that also accompanies childhood." —Tasha Saecker, Waking Brain Cells

"With winsome mixed-media illustrations that capture all the most telling details, and a fine-tuned ear for the way kids think and talk, Adbåge understands the fun that can be found in a child’s everyday reality." —Maria Russo, The New York Times

"A Swedish import that’s ideal to be shared in a seasonal family storytime or as summer bedtime fare." ―Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY, School Library Journal

"This ode to exploration encourages youngsters to think big; sometimes the most fun is in the preparation." ―Kirkus Reviews

"A funny, delightful book with unforgettable drawings, especially the expressive looks in the boys' eyes." —The Vermont Country Sampler

In The Grand Expedition the most quintessential elements of childhood are pedagogically represented with flourishing imagination, natural world exploration and the quiet presence of a nonjudgmental parent watching over yet never interfering. In an over scheduled and over media drenched world, this book reminds us of the heart of genuine childhood.” —Jesica Sweedler DeHart, The Wandering Bookseller


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