Grandma’s Lost Her Head, entertains, warms the heart, and very subtly tells a tale of optimism and tenacity in the face of adversity. Lovingly told and brilliantly illustrated by her son, Javier Dura, this is a wise tale that makes accessible to the reader the realities both of the frailties of the human body and the enduring strength of familial affections. The story is loosely autobiographical, based on the author’s mother’s stroke and the family’s struggle to understand and accept the changes in their beloved mother and grandmother. Set against Dura’s signature fantastic, colorful and charming backgrounds, the story explores a child’s range of emotions from incomprehension to anger and leads him, and us, on a voyage of maturation, acceptance, and perseverance. This book faces head on the fact that our lives are fragile yet precious and that while illness and loss are inevitable, memory and family ties can and do survive, sometimes as here, with grace and aplomb. Grandma’s Lost Her Head is a celebration, tender and humorous, of family, imperfect but grand.
Grandma’s Lost Her Head
Natividad Osa (author) and Javier Dura (illustrator)
English -Children’s Story Book-
11.000″ x 8.500” (216mm x 280mm) 30 pp
Stinky Press Publishing (Release December 2010)