This sweet picture book story by Corrinne Averiss is about Fern, who sets out to find the joy that seems to have left her beloved Nanna’s life. Where she would usually have been smiley and happy, she was sad.
But while Fern found plenty of whooosh and joy and bounce, tickles and chuckles and sparkles, she didn’t seem to be able to collect them into her catching bag.
So she went to see her Nanna to tell her. And her Nanna did what you would expect from someone who loves her granddaughter; she smiled. Because grandmothers can be made happy just by being with their grandchildren.
Joyous illustrations by Isabelle Follath, who’s really caught the feelings behind all this. I especially love the street scene when Fern goes home after her unsuccessful hunt.