‘I came across this lovely story whilst looking for a book for my 12 year old reluctant reader. It is the story of a boy,Hugo and his family with all their ups,downs and hilarious adventures. It had my son laughing out loud in his room. It is beautifully written, looking at family life through a child's eyes, and takes the reader through so many emotions. And Hugo - we love him and we can't wait for more!'
‘I absolutely loved this lovely children’s book! It is endearing, tackles important topics and is funny at the same time!
I also enjoyed the author’s introduction and biography at the very beginning of the book, which is as engaging and fun as the book.
The style of writing is uplifting and the plot interesting. It is all about raising awareness for the elderly and is a unique story which mingles love for animals, the special bond between grandchild and grandmother, family relationships, and is told with love.
What else? I highly recommend this gem of a book!’
By MHF, France
'This is a funny, crazy, unusual book that I will definitely use with my class next year. It tugged at my heartstrings and caused a tear to be shed on occasion. It is a lovely read. It reflected the love between child and nan and how her past influenced her actions today. So many lessons could be taught using this text as a precursor so I will definitely take it on board.'
‘I loved reading this beautifully and tenderly written book. It was compulsive reading, made me laugh, cry and all in between.
If still teaching I would use this book with my class. It’s is a great piece of fiction but truth too, and would help children understand lives past, a life they might be experiencing or have yet to come.
I have already recommended it to friends.
Child or adult, read it, there’s so much to gain and enjoy.’
'My grand daughter loved this book.'
By Martin A (for 12 yr old)
‘Real clarity of characters and their associated animals… younger readers will recognise a boy who asks familiar questions and shares familiar troubles: they will enjoy exploring the adult world through the eyes of an unconventional and fun-loving elderly lady and the grandson who adores and understands her so well…I really enjoyed it, had a few laugh out loud moments and loved the poignant ending.’
By C, Former Head of Learning
‘This is a clever, witty and quite original children's book about a family in which we can all recognise someone. It has lots of clever themes running through it.'
‘An endearing tale about the life of a family today, but filled with historical gems of Britain’s past, which many children may not know. Sometimes sad, sometimes funny, it is ultimately the story of a boy and his love for his nan.'
‘What a lovely read this was, although not my normal genre I found the story very endearing. The bond between grandson and both grandmothers was very heartfelt.'
By SS, Educator
‘This story really showcases the importance of relationships within the family. While Nan may have her quirks, she loves life and enjoys sharing her love with her grandson. It’s pretty funny how Poppy is embarrassed by her mother’s odd ways, but Hugo embraces all of the silliness as any 10-year-old would. Set in the UK, this story brings home how WWII shaped the lives of a generation, holding them back from their dreams and haunting their futures with the memories.'
By Amy B