Grandma’s House of Rules


It’s always worth bearing in mind that in life, some rules (and vases) will inevitably get broken.


ISBN: 9781908714930 Category:


This is the story of a boy who loves his grandma, but can’t stand all her rules! She has rules for every room in the house – don’t jump on the bed, or play with the dolls, or leave the loo seat up, or play on the stairs…. But there is one rule that is more important than all the others. DON’T touch the big blue and white vase in the living room.

When grandma pops out to the shops, the boy does his absolute best to follow the rules, but of course things go a little bit wrong. Like a terrible domino effect, one thing leads to another, until the big vase goes flying. CRASH! The boy tries to fix the vase but it comes out all wrong.

When Grandma comes home, her horror swiftly turns to understanding when she sees how distraught her grandson is. She gives him the biggest hug she’s given him for a long long time. ‘You can break a vase’, she says, ‘but you could never break my heart. And anyway, I think I like the vase better this way!’

This is a heart-warming tale about forgiving one’s mistakes, and about how some rules are not quite as important as they might seem. Gorgeous pencil illustrations bring the eccentric grandma and her pattern-filled house alive.

Additional information

Weight 442 g
Dimensions 21.7 x 28.5 cm
Publisher name Cicada Books Ltd
Publication date 31 August 2021
Number of pages 32
Format Hardback
Dimensions 21.7 x 28.5 cm
Weight 442 g


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Henry Blackshaw is an artist living and working in Melbourne. Having graduated from BA Fine Art at Chelsea, his captivating silk paintings have been exhibited at Islington Arts Factory and at venues in Australia. This is his second book. His first book, Inner Child (Cicada, 2019), was received to much acclaim.