Grandpa Across the Ocean
  • Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • Publication Date: April 27, 2021
  • Price: $16.99
  • Trim Size: 9 x 10
  • ISBN: 978-1-4197-4225-5
  • EAN: 9781419742255
  • Page Count: 40
  • Illustrations: Full-color illustrations throughout
  • Format: Hardcover (Self Ended)
  • Rights: World/All
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Though separated by language, age, and an ocean, a child and grandparent find common ground in this warm, witty picture book

Grandpa lives on the other side of the ocean.
He takes naps all the time. He eats different foods. He speaks an unfamiliar language. His house is the most boring place on Earth!
Or is it? A little time together just might reveal that Grandpa is also a great singer, an energetic sandcastle builder, and a troublemaker . . . just like his grandson!
With her signature warmth and humor, award-winning author-illustrator Hyewon Yum shares the challenges and joys of having a relative who lives far away—proving that even from across the ocean, the grandparent-grandchild relationship is a very special one.


"Told in a pitch-perfect kid voice with a satisfying narrative arc, Yum’s sweetly comedic picture book will resonate with any reader who has experienced diasporic—or generational—tension with an older relative." 
Publishers Weekly
"Particularly gentle and patient. . .Use this to prepare kids for their own visits with faraway grandparents or just to demonstrate how an initially strange place can turn to home." 
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This is a simple story with an important message that young readers and their caregivers will appreciate: take a little time, make a little effort, and all will be well." 
"With warmhearted care, [a] child is helped through the adjustment of having a relationship with a loving relative who lives across the ocean. Illustrated with colored pencil, the scenes are light and filled with patience and love." 
Kirkus Reviews

About the author

Hyewon Yum was born and grew up in South Korea, and now she lives in New York with her own family. Every summer, she visits her parents in South Korea so her kids can spend time with their grandparents. She is the creator of many acclaimed picture books, including Lion Needs a Haircut, Saturday is Swimming Day, and Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten!