The Grumpface is a poetic fairy-tale that tells the story of Dan, an inventor who ventures into a forest looking for a rose. Instead he finds the mysterious Grumpface who threatens to hold him captive unless he passes some difficult challenges. What follows is a humorous adventure that neither Dan nor the Grumpface could have anticipated.
The Grumpface is a tale in the spirit of any grand adventure. It is about a clumsy young inventor’s quest for love and the challenges he must face to find it. It is also a tale of bravery, absurdity and happiness, and the power of these qualities over negativity and sheer grumpiness.
Every parent will be acquainted with their own little ‘grumpface’ now and then. This story stands as a small piece of hope – that no matter how ingrained the grump, there will always remain in every one of us a smile or a laugh just waiting to come out.
Publication date: May 1st 2017
The first thing that the reader is greeted with when beginning to read this book are the pictures. The detail and colour are absolutely sublime. They almost jump off the page at you which makes you sit up and take notice and want to continue reading. Although the print was small it was easy to read in spite of the detailed full page colour of the pictures. The illustrator has done a great job in complimenting the story as a whole. To say I was impressed is an understatement. It is such a pleasure to read a great children’s book.
The Goodreads’ blurb doesn’t really do the book justice in my opinion. Granted it is a fairy tale (I could hear the story of the Beauty and the Beast within its pages) but it is much more than that. It celebrates personal growth as well celebrating that there’s more to life than meets the eye. It also showcases how effective properly written poetry makes for easier reading and promotes the easy flow from one thought to another.
The characters of this book were just as well developed as the story itself. The author is very talented and writes great stories for the young child (as well as the young at heart). Due to the way this story was written I was able to read it quickly (it took me approximately 10 minutes to complete) whilst enjoying a sweet story which had a lovely ending. If the caliber of the writing of this author is anything to go by I can’t wait to read more of his work.
Recommend for: Adults and children alike