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Gregory and the Grimbockle - Melanie Schubert

Paperback

Published: 9th November 2017
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old
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This is the tale of Gregory and the Grimbockle.

Gregory is a young boy of ten who thinks he must be the most unfortunate boy who ever lived. He barely has any friends and is the object of jokes and jabs from his, often disagreeable, sister. If that isn't bad enough, poor young Gregory has recently developed an enormous and most peculiarly shaped mole beneath his nose.

Imagine Gregory's surprise when he finds out that his mole is not just a mole, but is actually a humpy crumpy portal of skin that hides a creature called the Grimbockle.

What is the Grimbockle? A very fine question, indeed.

The Grimbockle is just one of the many strange little creatures called Bockles tending to the mysterious threads that connect all humans from one to the other. It is a very important job, and one that has long been carried out with incredible secrecy. That is before this one particular night and a most extraordinary turn of events.

Thus begins a most peculiar sort of adventure where Gregory learns all about the creatures called Bockles and the mysterious threads called exoodles that connect us all to one another.

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One of the best books I've read this year !

5

You know when you're right in the middle of a book and you think: 'this book is incredible, how am I effectively going to be able to explain to people just how amazing it is !?' Not just good, or great even; but so fantastic that you want to get out of your chair, run around the office and tell everyone that they should stop what they're doing and start reading it. Right. Now. Gregory was a completely unremarkable boy, save for the giant mole right below his nostrils and his one foot that was slightly bigger than the other. Neither of these two attributes made making friends any easier for Gregory, who was rather lacking in the friends department. Gregory lived at home with his Mum, Dad and older sister Marjory; but although they were his family, he certainly didn't think of them as his friends. And then, Gregory met the Grimbockle and his cockroach steed. What is a Grimbockle you ask? Well, 'A Bockle is a Bockle just as a hoo-man is a hoo-man'. The Grimbockle explains to Gregory that it is the Bockle's job to maintain exoodles- invisible threads that are formed when we make new relationships. And just as we have strong and weak relationships, there are strong and weak exoodles flailing about from our bodies. With a voice that is reminiscent of Roald Dahl, Melanie Schubert takes us on a wonderfully crafted adventure all over the world as Gregory and the Grimbockle attempt to fix badly damaged exoodles and reunite a broken family. Although aimed at 8 - 12 year olds, there is absolutely no such thing as 'too old' when reading a book like this. However, Schubert makes easy work of keeping her target audience entertained with just the right amount of yucky grossness. And while I'm slightly curious as to wether or not there's a tiny Bockle living in one of my moles, the idea also kind of makes me want to puke. Gregory and the Grimbockle served as an important reminder that the relationships that we have are tangible things controlled by us and our actions.

Australia

A must read for anyone!

5

This book is refreshingly creative. The author has a way with words that captures your attention and imagination and holds them throughout the book. The unique characters and their eccentricities take you into their story and you feel like part of the adventure. Humour is mixed with a powerful message. A must read for anyone.

Melbourne, Australia

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ISBN: 9780991110933
ISBN-10: 0991110935
Audience: Children
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old
For Grades: 3 - 6
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 194
Published: 9th November 2017
Dimensions (cm): 19.84 x 12.85  x 1.04
Weight (kg): 0.2