Big Papa and the Time Machine

by Daniel Bernstrom

Illustrated by Shane W. Evans

On Sale: 20/01/2020



About the Book

Discover the true meaning of being brave in this tender and whimsical picture book from Daniel Bernstrom (One Day in the Eucalytus, Eucalyptus Tree) and Shane Evans (Chocolate Me!) that follows a grandfather and grandson who travel through time in a beloved 1952 Ford.

A little boy who lives with his grandpa isn't reprimanded for being afraid to go to school one day. Instead, Big Papa takes him away in his time machine-a 1952 Ford-back to all of the times when he, himself, was scared of something life was handing him.

Full of heartfelt moments and thrilling magical realism, Big Papa and the Time Machine speaks to the African American experience in a touching dialogue between two family members from different generations, and emerges as a voice that shares history and asks questions about one family's experience in 20th-century black America.

“Wasn't you scared”

“Oh, I was scared,” Big Papa said. “Sometimes you gotta walk with giants if you ever gonna know what you made of. That's called being brave.”

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062463319
  • ISBN 10: 0062463314
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - US
  • On Sale: 20/01/2020
  • Pages: 40
  • List Price: 34.99 AUD
  • Age: From 4 years
  • BISAC1: Children's, Teenage & educational / Picture books

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Shane W. Evans is the award-winning illustrator of many books for children, including the Shanna series by Jeanne Marzollo. He lives in Kansas City, MO, where he directs an art center called the Dream Studio. You can visit him online at

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