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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2011
Max is a boy whose best friends are a bear named Burly and a groblin named Grum. Don't know what a groblin is? Neither did I until I read this book!

Burly is the conscience and rational, responsible one. Grum, as the name is short for, is the grumpy one. And then there's happy-go-lucky Max, the adventurous one. The three are about to undertake an adventure that leads them all to peril...

This book is the second in a series, but I didn't read the first and still found it fully functional as a stand alone. It is imaginative, full of whit and charm, and will make any child smile and wish they could have such adventures. After all, who hasn't wished that they could stumble upon an abandoned city in the woods?

The illustrations are terrific. They add to the story, and are well done. The story is easy going and subtle in the peril, but still make the reader jump and sit on the edge of their seat. Additionally, the Christian themes make it one that is good for young children without being too preachy.

In short, I love it. Its innocence makes it ideal to be read to younger readers (it's not too long - maybe 40 pages) or a good one for beginner chapter book readers. My son is 11, and I know he'll have a good time reading it, too.

I hope the author continues this trio's adventures, and I'll be buying the first in the series while staying on the look out for more! Additionally I will be featuring the book in my blog Spirit Filled Kindle
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2011
A very good book for the young ones. I know my daughter was infatuated from the moment she saw Burly and Grum, Even taking her teddy bear and holding on tight to it through the whole book, which was a great thing for her as of late. Her attention span through chaptered books was starting to wan, I'm proud to say that she got a renewed strength The pictures helped a little too.

The story is cute and compelling of a boy, his bear and his groblin. They are always in adventure and constantly in trouble like children often are. With the bear being more of the wise old father figure that tries to keep them both on track.

The morals are amazing and something my daughter caught on to quickly. The mixture of thrills, comedy and adventure kept her enthralled and had my daughter begging for more, If anything I am glad to say that it's renewed her love of the chapter books and having mommy breathlessly reading them to her constantly a habit. I have to thank the author for giving us a wonderful story and wonderful characters to which I wish I had my own Burly or Grum to hug and have at night.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
"BURLY AND GRUM AND THE SECRET CITY" BY KATE TENBETH

I just finished this book and I have to say it is simply adorable. There are fantastic morals in the story, lessons that every child should learn early on such as how it's wrong to hunt and harm animals, and how you can always count on your true friends to be there for you. The characters are cute and you can't help but to be drawn in by them. I love the fact that Kate also has elements of inspirational faith in her book such as the addition of the angel lovingly called Mike.

This book is a fantastic read and one I think children of all ages would enjoy. It has adventure, comedy, and thrills delivered in all the right amounts. My daughter is begging me to get her a Kindle so she can read it! I got a feeling she just might steal mine! The illustrations are also beautifully drawn, the artist has amazing talent. Thank you Kate for a beautiful story with characters that I could definitely see as stuffed toys! You just want to squeeze them tight!

-Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2012
I recently had the pleasure of reading Book 2 in her series, The Secret City, and let me tell you, I couldn't put it down. On the surface this is a children's book, but I assure you grown ups will love it too.

The main characters (a bear, a groblin, and a human boy) are wonderfully written. They all take on human characteristics and many times I forgot two of the characters weren't human. As a matter of fact, they were so dimensional, I forgot they weren't real. By the end of the book they felt like friends. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

This is a chapter book with illustrations that look as though they might leap off the page. The story itself is beautifully written and easy enough for a child at the beginning reading level to read on their own or to be read to at storytime. Either way, once this book is picked up the reader won't want to put it down until it's done. A definite 5 stars!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2012
I was really pleased that there was a follow up to Beyond The Forest, and this story does not disappoint. The core characters have grown and they feel familiar and great fun. The story flows well and makes you want to keep reading. A good book to engage youngsters in the joy of reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2014
My daughter and I read this for our bedtime story for about a week. We just fell in love with the characters. We had not read their first book, but we were able to follow this one through out the story. I just loved Momma Griff. Mike was awesome, too. Now that we are reading the first story, I truly appreciate the character of Mike so much more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2014
good packing got it fast I will buy again
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2014
well I am only 10 almost 11 years old and I just finished the book today so I thought it was a good book and I consider that the captain should of been tied to the tree after they went to Mike's house but other than that it's a good book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2013
So so so so so so so so so so boring! I quit on the first page, it was so bad.:(. Hahahahahhahaha, just kidding it was awesome
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2013
Great Product and best value for the money. I continue to be very frugal with my purchases with amazon items.
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