The Truth about Old People

Author(s): Elina Ellis

Picture books

Children's Book of the Week in The Telegraph

A very funny and lovable picture book tribute to grandparents and older people.

When you're small, everybody bigger than you seems really old. But does being older have to mean being boring, or slow, or quiet? NO! Elina Ellis' wonderful illustrations reveal that the age you are makes no difference to how amazing you can be.

From the winner of the Macmillan Prize for Illustration 2017, The Truth About Old People is an instant favourite with children and grown-ups that tackles ageism without being preachy. Elina has a great talent for characterful illustration: you'll feel like you've known this family all your life.


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"Ellis’s noisy, bright, dynamic pages, filled with grandparents riding rollercoasters, smooching, dancing and flipping whole stackfuls of pancakes, assert that the elderly, too, can be anarchically amazing." - The Guardian

"This is a defiantly upbeat book . . . grandparents are the rising stars of children's fiction – and this simple, touching story shows why – 5 stars, Book of the Week" - Saturday Telegraph

"This is one of those picture books that make wonderful use of the way children read illustrations while adults read words aloud." - The New York Times

Elina Ellis loves drawing pictures and imagining stories. Originally from Ukraine, she currently lives and works in Cambridge, where she recently graduated with an MA in Children's Books Illustration. Elina draws both digitally and using traditional media, creating her own books and illustrating for others. In 2017 she won the Macmillan Prize for Illustration for The Truth About Old People.

General Fields

  • : 9781509882274
  • : Pan Macmillan
  • : Two Hoots
  • : 0.3
  • : November 2019
  • : .5 Centimeters X 22.6 Centimeters X 28 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Elina Ellis
  • : Paperback
  • : Mar-20
  • : English
  • : 823.92
  • : 32