A really special book indeed.

Library Mice (UK)

When Dad Showed Me the Universe


Tonight Dad wants to show his son something very special: the universe. Of course, they can’t possibly embark on such a daring adventure unprepared, so they wrap up warm, gather provisions, and then off they go. It’s a long walk, but eventually they get there.

Along the way, they learn that sometimes the journey is more important than the destination, and sometimes the biggest lessons happen when you least expect them.

Available as an ebook wherever you buy your ebooks

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin Sweden
    Reader Age 5-7 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. Omnilibris (US), December 2015

      Captivating soft colored pencil illustrations along with the brush of abstract thinking and low comedy will engage early readers.

    2. 2015’s Must-Read Books, Otago Daily Times (NZ), December 2015

      Humorous, with lots of potential for discussion, and a beautiful father/son dynamic, this book ticks all the boxes.

    3. Starred review, Kirkus (US), June 2015

      Gentle humor pervades this father-son tale in the nicest way.

      *Best International Picture Books of 2015, Kirkus (US), December 2015*

    4. Library Mice (UK), June 2015

      This is an exquisitely illustrated book, full of soft palettes and pencil strokes which is teamed perfectly with a text that might sound serious at first, but is indeed full of humour, as the wonderful ending shows. A really special book indeed.

    5. The Children’s Bookshop (NZ), May 2015

      A charming and humorous story of father-son bonding, nature, stars and a touch of philosophy.

    6. Magpies (Aust), May 2015

      A story built around filial love, the need to pass on personal passions and equally, the need to recognise that such passions are not necessarily those of others. All this in a simple tale that reflects a little boy’s point of view whilst celebrating family in a gentle, beautifully paced tale that allows readers to expand the gaps left in the narrative.

    7. Weekend Herald (NZ), May 2015

      Every parent’s been there-trying to show a child something amazing but the kid is oblivious and things don’t go as planned. Stark captures that perfectly in this humorous tale of a father taking his son out for an adventure, walking through their town until they get to a hillside just as night falls.

    8. The Bookworm Baby (UK), May 2015

      Will delight any sons, fathers and grandfathers … it would make a great book to start up a discussion about stars and the universe.

    9. Book Trailers 4 kids (NZ), April 2015

      A beautifully illustrated book just perfect for dads and sons to share together.

    10. Picture Book Blogger, April 2015

      This book allows you to open your mind to the world and what it has to offer and makes you re-evaluate what is important in life. A goosebump inducing story.

    11. Playing by the Book (UK), April 2015

      A very clever, moving and extremely funny book about parental love. … I so want you too to gasp in delight, smile brightly and feel that sense of magic settling on you when you read this.

    12. Culture Baby (blog), April 2015

      The delight and message, of course, is that even if the best made plans are imperfect for the child, both the intimacy and wonder of sharing a parent’s passions are utterly unforgettable.

    13. Around the Bookshops (NZ), April 2015

      One of the few children’s writers who could take a subject like the whole universe, reduce it to a comfortable and understandable size and inject a great element of humour as well.

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