A Journey of Their Own

Matt and Lucy, brother and sister, each have a special relationship with their grandfather. As time goes by and old age settles in, they notice small changes in his behaviour that are incomprehensible to them. When he eventually passes away, they find comfort in the knowledge that his love will accompany them forever.

This is a book that introduces difficult concepts, such as Alzheimer’s disease and the death of a loved one, to young children. But it is also about the power of memory, the comfort offered us by a loving family and how we keep on cherishing favourite childhood memories long after we cease to be children.


Rights available: World


Author: Argyro Pipini
Illustrator: Marilena Melissinou
Publisher: Kaleidoscope Publications
Year: 2014
Genre: Picture Book
Format: Hardcover, 24 x 22 cm
Pages: 36
Ages: 5+


Awards: Winner of the 2015 Anagnostis Best Illustrated Book Award / Included in the 2015 White Ravens List by the International Youth Library


Argyro Pipini is an author and actress. She studied Political Sciences and Theatre. She loves books, teaches acting, and also works as translator for literature and theatre. In 2012 she received the Greek Society for Literary Translation Award, and in 2013 she received an honorary mention in the Greek IBBY lists for her translations of children’s books. She hosts creative writing seminars and workshops for adults and children in collaboration with a number of institutions. In 2015, her book A journey of their own (Kaleidoscope Publications) won the Best Illustrated Book Award, granted by the literary journal O Anagnostis. The book was also included in the 2015 White Ravens Catalogue. Her website is www.argyropipini.com

Marilena Melissinou was born in 1988 and studied Fine Arts at the University of the Arts, London. She lives in London but visits Greece often. Her painting and digital work is a dialogue between memory and art. Her portraits, originating in family pictures, give the impression of familiarity even though one may have never seen them before. A journey of their own was her first attempt at book illustration, an experience she found very rewarding since it underlined what she had been taught in theory about the way images support ideas expressed through language.