By Tine Mortier, illustrated by Kaatje Vermeire
Thankfully back in print, after a successful recent Kickstarter campaign, Maia and What Matters is a gentle, beautifully moving tribute to grandparents and the intergenerational friendship they can have with their grandchildren.
Maia is a determined, enthusiastic and fiercely independent young girl. She shares many personality traits with her grandmother, especially a fondness of cake! When her grandmother falls ill and loses control of her words, it’s up to Maia to help bridge the gap that’s been left where words once inhabited.
Translated by David Colmer, in this picturebook, words and art coalesce to create an emotional experience that resonates long after reading. Themes around age, death and life are sensitively explored, Vermeire’s illustrations imbuing each page with the full range of emotions.
What matters is that you need this book in your collection. A perfect picturebook for all ages, Primary to Secondary to Adult.