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Gregory and the Grimbockle Paperback – November 9, 2017
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"In this debut middle-grade novel, a lonely boy finds friendship and learns about the magic of human connection.
Defined by the large mole on his lip, 10-year-old Gregory has grown distant from his family. He is friendless and withdrawn. Then one night a strange little creature emerges from Gregory's mole. It is riding a (quite lovable) cockroach and can change size. This is the Grimbockle. The Grimbockle--one of many Bockles, who, like Palmer Cox's Brownies, live at the peripheries of human awareness--tends to the exoodles that bind people together. Exoodles are long, transparent, noodlelike threads and are usually invisible. Once Gregory has his eyeballs painted with Carrot Juicy, though, he can see them. He joins the Grimbockle and the roach, traveling the exoodles as if on a high-speed roller coaster. Exoodles wither and die when people don't look after their relationships. The Grimbockle is trying to repair a particularly sickly exoodle that links a boy to his mother. Can Gregory help--and can he mend the exoodles in his own life? Schubert follows delightedly in the footsteps of Roald Dahl, opening her unfortunate young protagonist's eyes to a previously unseen world both weird and wondrous (yet for all its outlandish magic, oddly logical). The scenario is one of riotous imagination, while the Grimbockle himself--brought sweetly to life in black-and-white illustrations by Kraft--is a sprightly and good-natured little person, full of the type of singsong infelicities found in Dahl's beloved nonhuman characters: "Is you ever seeing glimpses of squiggles in the corners of your twinklers but then they is disappearing in a snippety blink?" " 'Exoodles!' shouted the Grimbockle in triumph. 'Sometimes, hoo-mans is getting so twisty and wound up in extra exoodles that they is feeling gloomy blue and heavy all day long.' " The story is perhaps too much of a parable to fully match Dahl's template; the adventure is safer and the threats less dark. Nonetheless, readers should fall willingly and with thrilled abandon into the fizzy, fanciful world of Gregory and his Grimbockle friend.
A beautifully realized daydream; a fun yet thoughtful exploration of the complexities and possibilities hidden beneath surface appearances." -Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Melanie Schubert is scriptwriter and songwriter for the New Zealand performing arts company, Gobsmacked. She lives in a small, cosy apartment with her beloved husband Filip, a shelf of books and a peculiar assortment of Japanese paraphernalia. For as long as she can remember, she has been staring out of windows, losing herself in daydreams, and pursuing her belief that she must carve out and follow her own path in life.
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Gregory has “ an enormous oddly shaped mole above his top lip... like a great big dripping of chocolate that had melted down a table in the sun.” People are always trying to wipe it off. One night the “grumpy old women who lived down his street” basically tries to tear it off his face. Poor kid. Gregory is miserable. Later that night, something miraculous happens. Gregory meets a Bockle named Grim.
Gregory and the Grimbockle geared for 8 to 12 year olds is not only fun with its theme of out-of-this-worldly characters, but also has a good value driven message. Who wants to have weakened “Exoodle threads”? No “hoo-man” that’s for sure. The illustrations are hand sketched in a comforting quality, as if you are creating your own journal with a black graphite pencil on white pages. The two page spreads are impactful additions that help point out the focus for the upcoming chapter.
A book of 194 pages is nothing to sneeze at for an 8 year old, but it doesn’t seem overwhelming, nor complex for that age level. I think it is because the story is so full of great antics. Twelve year olds won’t think this book is simple either, because as I said before, the value driven message will more than likely affect them the most. Especially as they are stepping into their teen years and their “Exoodle threads” may or may not become thinner in regards to some relationships they might be moving away from. Even this adult found profound the message of the story. It made me pick up the phone and call my parents.
As the impish and dutiful worker, Grimbockle the repairer of the “Exoodle threads” shows you the ins and outs of his job, you fall more and more in love with him. He is adorable with his purple skin, red clothes and wavy hair. What an endearing creature Melanie Schubert has created.
Gregory and the Grimbockle has an accompanying soundtrack that helped make this book almost cinematic. I enjoyed the background music with its quiet lulls and dramatic rises while reading the book. Jared Kraft’s music compliments the feel of Ms. Schubert’s book and Abigail Kraft’s illustrations.
Ms. Schubert’s writing style reminds me of Neil Gaiman’s Unfortunately The Milk, in it’s creativity and the fun adventure you happen to experience while reading Gregory and The Grimbockle. Her story lets us step into a world, like Alice going through the Looking Glass, of human compassion, the importance of human relationships and most importantly does it all with an imagination that only a child or someone with a child-like imagination will appreciate.
I give this book 5 stars for it’s creativity, value driven message and the cinematic quality of the book’s sound track.
I recommend you give Gregory and the Grimbockle to your favorite 8 to 12 year old for Christmas.
I received this book from New Wrinkle Publishing in lieu of my honest opinion.
The Grimbockle and Bockles take care of the exoodles. These are the connectivity threads that run from each of us to other humans. The Bockles maintain these threads when they get weak and remind us that our own actions determine the health of such connections. A pretty deep concept that is well presented.
A special shout out to New Wrinkle Publishing for also providing a soundtrack with this book. It created a new experience for this avid reader.
The illustrations by Abigail Kraft are delightful and bring the Gimbockle to life. They really help the reader see this new world for themselves -- without the need of Carrot Juicy. I grew up with illustrated books and LOVE THEM! In my opinion, every book should have them and they often sway my decision to add them to my personal library.
Author Melanie Schubert has created a wonderful story with lovable characters that teaches the importance of friendship, love, and maintaining the human connections in our lives. It is a theme that will resonate with children and adults alike. I think I need to go call my grandma.
This was a great book for a middle grade reader. I had hoped to read it with my 8 year old daughter, but it wound up being just a little too much for her just yet. I think in another year or so, she will be ready for it. Your mileage may vary for your kids.
I found the story to be very enjoyable. There was a flavor of Dr. Seuss mixed with C.S. Lewis that made the characters and situations enjoyable for me.
The themes around relationships need work and sometimes difficult people are needing friends made the story a great one for the middle grade reader. It is not heavy handed, but the way it progresses gave me some nice warm fuzzies that really made it a good book to read.
Finally, I have to say that the illustrator also did some amazing work with the book. She drew pictures that help connect the story and bring it to life. Having a picture here and there and the subtle exoodles flowing through the pages was a nice touch to help the story along nicely.
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