The Forgettery by Rachel Ip – Book Review

The Forgettery by Rachel Ip – Book Review

The Forgettery by Rachel Ip

The Forgettery

Author – Rachel Ip
Illustrator – Laura Hughes
Publisher – Farshore
Pages – 32
Released – 18th March 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-1405294768
Format – paperback
Rating – 5 Stars
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Amelia’s granny forgets lots of things. Little things, like where she put her glasses, and big things like people and places. But everything anyone has ever forgotten is stored in The Forgettery, and there Amelia and her granny learn the power of making memories.

Filled with warmth and gentle humour, The Forgettery is a beautifully written, sensitive look at dementia and memory loss. Over 850,000 people live with dementia in the UK, which will soar to 2 million by 2051. Globally, around 50 million people live with dementia, with nearly 10 million new cases each year. Opening up discussions surrounding this challenging topic with little ones has never been more important.

Without ever explicitly mentioning dementia, The Forgettery can be enjoyed as an adventure story where children explore a fantastical world where memories can be re-discovered and revisited as well as newly made. Rachel Ip’s tender words capture the wonderful bond between grandmother and granddaughter and Laura Hughes conjures up an exciting, wonderous space where our most precious memories are stored, and the challenge of dementia can be gently explored and understood.

Review by Stacey

The Forgettery is an incredibly beautiful and poignant book about dementia that covers the subject without actually using the word and is perfect for young children to learn and understand about the disease without it coming across all scarily and complicated.

Little Amelia and her Granny were out walking when they come across ‘The Forgettery’ a place where everyone’s forgotten memories are stored. The keeper showed them to where Granny’s forgotten memories were stored and there were a lot of them. Amelia has a forgotten memory store of her own too.

Amelia knew that her Granny was forgetting more and more these days so The Forgettery gave her an idea on how to help her Granny remember.

The book is both beautiful and heartwarming. It is so adorable, especially the way author Rachel Ip has written about such a hard subject, and yet she has managed to put it into simple terms for children to understand and appreciate what may be happening to someone they know.

The illustrations are outstanding and complement the story completely. They not only bring Rachel Ip’s words to life, but they invite you into Amelia and Granny’s life and take you on a journey with them.

This is one of the most special children’s books that I have read. It is an exceptionally powerful story, focussing on something most people don’t like to talk about, and yet in a world where 850,000 people live with dementia, it is something that should be spoken about and not brushed under the carpet or hidden away. This book gives young children the chance to learn, understand, and appreciate what may be happening to someone they know.

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Author Info

Rachel Ip The Forgettery

I’m a picture book author and my stories are often inspired by real-world events or experiences. After reading hundreds of picture books to my children (and some of those hundreds of times…), I started writing my own stories.


I’m a board member of Bring Me A Book Hong Kong, the leading family literacy charity in Hong Kong. I was born in the UK and have lived in France, Belgium and Hong Kong. I speak French, German and just enough Cantonese that I won’t get lost or go hungry…

I’ve spent the last 12 years in Hong Kong, where I live with my family.

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12 Responses

  1. Larry Baum says:

    I study dementia and also write children’s books. As the number of the people we know with dementia rises due to longer life expectancy, children may be puzzled by the changes in behavior of older relatives. “The Forgettery” helps explain the experience of dementia so that children can understand.

  2. Tasha says:

    This sounds like a great way to educate children about this horrible illness. I would definitely have purchased it to help my kids when they were younger and my grandparents had dementia.

  3. DJ Sakata says:

    This sounds lovely, and before I forget, I’d like to ask for the location of The Forgettery.

  4. Nadene says:

    A great way to introduce children to impact of dementia.

  5. Sounds like a lovely, impactful read.

  6. vidya says:

    I know I want to read this one for sure.. from the title and the cover to the concept and the theme, everything appeals