The Travel Game

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The Travel Game

by John Grandits,
illustrated by R. W. Alley

To play the travel game, all you need is a globe and an illustrated world almanac. You spin the globe, close your eyes, and put your finger down—and that’s where you’ll go. The pictures in the almanac set the scene. Your imagination takes care of the rest!

Tad loves to play the travel game with his Aunt Hatie. One time they rode elephants in India. Another time they swam through a school of deadly piranhas in the Amazon River. Where will their adventures take them today somewhere far from home, far from the family tailor shop in Buffalo New York.

Find out more about the illustrator, R. W. Alley.


“From his apartment above a mid-20th-century Buffalo, N.Y., tailor shop, young Tad describes his important role in his extended Polish-American family. Alley’s luscious illustrations . . . convey with originality and charm the comfortable routine. A warm celebration of family and imagination.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Alley’s cheery and busy street, home, and shop scenes in ink, watercolor, and acrylic are filled with the sorts of details that are fully appreciated over multiple readings. Children will be charmed by the warmth and humor of Grandits’s wonderful tribute to family memories and the power of imagination.”
—School Library Journal