When Charley Met Grampa – Children’s Book Review

When Charley Met Grampa by Amy Hest and illustrator Helen Oxenbury

When getting to know both Hest and Oxenbury through the internet I found that they are both honest and down to earth good people who are doing what they love. What an inspiration to artists.

As usual it’s the illustrations that bring When Charley Met Grampa to this blog, however it’s Hest’s story that will make a great sequel as Charley and Henry grow into adults or maybe not.

The watercolours are magnificent with playful curls in the trees and lovely dashes and spots of snow on the subjects. Oxenbury’s observations of her own family helped her develop her skills with painting children, her drawings develop into painting from what I can see. Enjoy the English country side where only there will you find people holding umbrellas while it snows.


There is a lot of SNOW in Calgary, I’m trying to find the FUN in it, the WIND is similar to the story, hang onto your hat.


About artist and illustrator

I'm a textile artist, resourceful and excited about making things. Dog walks with my pooch "Charlie" is inspiring and an opportunity to develop ideas from nature and people whom we meet on our strolls. There is a story behind my art making, it's in the series, I don't make just one but many from the same idea, but! not one will look like the other, each piece of art is "one-of-a-kind".
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5 Responses to When Charley Met Grampa – Children’s Book Review

  1. this looks like a wonderful story!

    • Art and Picture Framing says:

      Thanks for reading with me. Yes, it is a lot of fun. Amy Hest and Helen Oxenbury are also the creators of “Charley’s First Night.”

  2. Linda Cote says:

    I have long loved Helen Oxenbury (as have my kids, especially Pippo!). Something so simple and sweet about her illustrations. Thanks for your wonderful book reviews. Though my kids are very grown up now, I’m still a children’s book lover.The best of the season, and stay warm with all that wind and snow!

    • Merry Christmas to you Linda.
      Ah! yes Oxenbury sure can tell a story with her illustrations, so much fun. I guess it’s when we get a little more than grown up that we look back at the good times as a child, like books and pictures.
      Smiles for the season.

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