(there will be spoilers)
The title of this one is a lovely quote from a wonderful novel that I recently finished called ‘MY GRANDMOTHER SENDS HER REGARDS & apologises’ by Fredrick Backman. It is the perfect novel for a book lover because the entire premise is about the power of words and stories and the way that they affect our lives so magnificently.
It starts with a little girl, Elsa, talking about her grandmother and all of the amazing things about her. But the main basis of the story is Elsa completing some quests for her grandmother after her death. These mostly include delivering letters to the people that live in their building.
The important part though is that each of the people corresponds with one of the characters in Elsa and her grandmother’s imaginary world of the Land-Of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas. The interweaving of reality and fiction throughout the novel works perfectly and is only improved by the lovable characters. My favourite has to be Elsa the seven (nearly eight) year old that is the protagonist but the crotchety, taxi driver Alf is a very close second.
A sweet lovely read that perfectly blends the two worlds and teaches even older readers important messages about friendship and the influence that adults have on young children.
Anyone who is a fan of fantasy, fairytales, mystery or even stories should give this book a chance because I can guarantee that you will fall utterly in love with these amazing characters and the wonderful storyline.
Because really, all seven-year-olds deserve superheroes.