The Truth About Old People

Elina Ellis

Ages 3 to 7
20 February 2020
32 pages


A Children's Book of the Year in The Telegraph and an Empathy Lab Read for Empathy book 2020.

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.

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.
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
This is one of those picture books that make wonderful use of the way children read illustrations while adults read words aloud.