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Available August 1, 2017.
Henry and his Kurdish nanny, Gulsa, are at the hospital today. They are going to visit his grandma there who is a patient. Gulsa has a brand new phone that she is very proud of and she stops outside the entrance way and takes a call. She gets caught up with her phone friend and Henry decides he will go in and find his Grandma all by himself. He is told by the lady at the information desk to please take a seat until his nanny arrives but Henry gets impatient and will not wait. Bravely he goes on his own to find his Grandma, disregarding the suggestion from the kind lady to remain seated and wait for his nanny to retrieve him.
His search is harder than he anticipates. The size of the hospital is humungous and the variety of people he bumps into is staggering. He encounters long hallways, lines and lines of doors both open and locked, patients of various ethnicities and maladies, specialist doctors and even someone he goes to school with. Oh my! Henry is overwhelmed to say the least. Will he ever find his beloved Grandma? And even more concerning... will Henry himself be found?
The small amount of text on most pages string together a story that is driven by the beautiful illustrations of the book. The characters are very well portrayed and the fabulous pictures could stand all on their own. I like the message at the end of the book from his Grandma...
Finally: Grandma!... And Gulsa!
I try to hug Grandma but she looks cross.
"What got into you, Henry? Running off on your own like that! What about poor Gulsa? She's been crying her eyes out!"
"But I only wanted..." I say.
"Only wanted!" Grandma scolds. "Anything could have happened! Never do that again! Understood?"
"Understood," I say.
Then Grandma lets me give her a hug, and I sit on the bed.
The next day Grandma is having an operation to mend her broken arm and Henry will return to the hospital with his mother. Since he has cased out the place I'm sure both he and his mother will have no problem finding Grandma's room because Henry now knows exactly where it is located.
Peter Schössow, born in 1953, is one of the great contemporary picture book artists. He has been awarded many prizes, including the German Children's Literature Award twice and Troisdorf picture book prize.
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