Grandpa Frank’s Great Big Bucket List by Jenny Pearson, reviewed by Catherine

When Frank John Davenport inherits a small fortune from a dead grandma he didn’t know he had, and instructions to look after his grumpy grandpa, he’s determined to do exactly that. On the internet he discovers a list of things for elderly people to do before they “kick the bucket” (aka the Bucket List), and knows that this is the perfect list of activities for a wacky grandson and his grandpa to attempt. What could possibly go wrong?

The thing is, Grandpa Frank isn’t interested in bonding with his grandson, only in getting a quiet villa somewhere in Spain. Luckily Frank persuades him that a peaceful hot-air balloon ride will be a lot more exciting—especially with a “light” breeze and an unwelcome stowaway called Brenda! After the ordeal, Grandpa Frank certainly thinks he’s lucky to be alive. Throughout their adventure, Frank discovers that although money will buy you swimming and parkour lessons, nothing can truly buy happiness except for love.

I think this book is a great choice for 6-9-year-olds. If you like funny stories about friendship then Grandpa Frank’s Great Big Bucket Listis definitely for you. I would also recommend it to fans of Jeremy Strong’s books but this one is even better.

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