Gregory and the Grimbockle

Gregory and the Grimbockle

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Gregory and the Grimbockle by Melanie Schubert, Abigail Kraft

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780991110933
Publisher: New Wrinkle Publishing LLC
Publication date: 11/09/2017
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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.

Abigail Kraft is forever nine years old, believes in magic, and likes to draw pictures. She has decided, a childish spirit is her favorite avenue to creativity, so she fills her days with music, family, giggles, daydreams, and animated movies. Then (in true, childish fashion) she cries, grumbles, and sighs her way through unpleasant work, and shows her mom as soon as she's made something she's proud of. Most of all, she loves her Creator, who gave her a super fun life and promises her eternity in the most funnest place of all.

Jared Kraft is a composer for film and media. His passion for music began with experience through listening, moved to expression through piano and eventually arrived at creation through composition. He finds his purpose and inspiration in his perfect Savior, his loving wife, and his wonderful family, and will always value the timeless phenomenon in which organized noise is translated into a universal language.

Table of Contents

1: The Mole..................................................1

2: The Grimbockle......................................12

3: The Exoodle Threads.............................23

4: The Painting of Peepers.........................29

5: Gregory Joins the Maintenance Team....45

6: Off to Calee-for-nee-ya...........................62

7: The Note.................................................76

8: Dark Exoodles ...................................... 87

9: Bockle...................................................106

10: The Grandbockle ...............................115

11: Exoodle Work .....................................136

12: Old Ethel ............................................148

13: Fresh Baked Biscuits ........................ 153

14: Dark Exoodles & Dominos .................159

15: Goodbyes........................................... 170

16: Life Without Bockles .......................... 175

Author Bios ...............................................181

Acknowledgements...................................184

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Gregory and the Grimbockle 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Shortcake5 More than 1 year ago
My initial thought on looking at the illustrations throughout this book was, “man, this is going to be a fun book! I wonder what it’s about? That little purple character looks quite impish.” 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.
Iamlilu More than 1 year ago
Gregory and the Grimbockle By Melanie Schubert Rating 5 This is an enthralling, charming and captivating tale about emotions and relationships. You would think that this would be a pretty heavy topic for a middle grade child and the presentation way too simple for adults... Well, let me tell you, this book deals with this topic in such a way that children can easily identify with Gregory and adults will enjoy the simplicity of the story with fantastical and magical creatures. I love Grimbockle! I love his accent, the way he pronounces words like “ hoo-man” and his insights into human behavior. His observations are absolutely delightful and enchanting...and meaningful. As the story unfolds, Gregory comes to understand his own emotions and how they affect not only himself; but those around him. The illustrations by Abigail Kraft are imaginative and are luscious to the eye. Each illustration adds to the story’s enchantment. It was difficult for me to a page. THEN, there is music that goes along with the story. What could be better than that? This book is very sensory oriented. This is an excellent chapter book that a child can easily read alone or read together with an older sibling or adult. I wish I had known a Grimbockle when I was a whole lot younger!!!