Oh my goodness – I will never be able to look at a mole on someone’s face in the same way again. Such a fun and creative way to start a story and this wonderful imagination continues right throughout the story!
Gregory and the Grimbockle by Melanie Shubert is a self published story about a young boy who encounters a Grimbockle – a small purple creature who looks after humans by ensuring that the threads that tie us all together are never severed as sadness is something that they dislike.
Gregory learns how to help the Grimbockle and together they mend lost or broken Exoodles (the invisible threads that hold us together with others) around the world.
Not only is this story is magical and mysterious but it allows the young reader to enter into a world that they can only wish existed (perhaps it does…..)
The Grimbockle is a delightful creature who is determined to care for humans who don’t seem to care about losing friendships or family members through lack of communication, worrying only about ourselves instead of others or just being too preoccupied with the latest toy or television show! He works tirelessly to mend the threads which we just wash away every day (perhaps less showers are in order…)
Gregory and the Grimbockle reminded me of The BFG – the Grimbockle speaks in a similar way to the BFG and the magical world Melanie has created was amazing.
This is a story to be read out loud to younger readers (8-9) or read alone with older readers (10-12yrs) – but definitely one to talk about long after it has been read.
Maintaining positive friendships is so important and something we all need to be more mindful of in the busy world we live in.
See if your local library has a copy (or ask them for one) or buy your own here: