The Gobblings

The Gobblings


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Herbie is lonely. His parents moved to a space station in the middle of nowhere, and there's nothing to do. He spends a lot of time wandering in the ship's ventilator shafts, and if he wants to have any friends, he has to build them out of spare parts. Deep inside the ship, Herbie discovers that a herd of gobblings have landed--monsters who float through space and love to eat metal. And the closest and biggest hunk of metal is the space station they live on. The gobblings are crawling throughout the ship, ready to make it their dinner, and Herbie's the only one who can stop them!

The Gobblings is a loose retelling of an old Hasidic folktale, "The Alef Bet." A boy is wandering through a strange town where he doesn't know anybody. It's Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, but nobody's prayers in the entire town are working. The boy only knows the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, the Alef-Bet. So he says the letters, and the honesty and simplicity of his prayer go through the Gates of Heaven (okay, in our story, it's the landing bay on the space station) and save everybody.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935548607
Publisher: One Peace Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/16/2014
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 1 - 16 Years

About the Author

Matthue Roth was born on Earth, or so his parents insist...though probably in the vicinity of Area 51. His first book, Never Mind the Goldbergs, was a NYPL Best Book for the Teen Age and an ALA Best Books nominee. His latest is My First Kafka: Runaways, Rodents and Giant Bugs. By day, he's a video game designer. He lives in Brooklyn with his family and keeps a secret diary at

The illustrations of Rohan Daniel Eason are dark and beautiful, his work on “My First Kafka” being likened to Edmund Gorey and Maurice Sendak. He was shortlisted for the AOI Illustration awards 2013, and runner up in the award for best book illustration, for a piece in “Tancredi” a novel by James Palumbo. His work has recently received broad praise after he illustrated bestselling author, Kate Mosse's 2013 release, “The Mistletoe Bride.”

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The Gobblings 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
book4children More than 1 year ago
The Gobblings was an interesting picture book. It was kind of strange, but not in a bad way. It wasn't your typical picture book with adorable characters and a funny story. Herbie and his parents live on a space ship in the middle of nowhere (literally). Herbie spends most of his days alone, ignored by his parents. One day, Herbie discovers that their ship is slowly being eaten by gobblings and since his parents won't listen, it's up to Herbie to save the day. Even though this book was darker than I'm used to seeing in a picture book, I still really liked it. I read it to my kids and they both liked it, too. It had enough suspense that my kids worried about Herbie, but not so much that it frightened them. The illustrations, like the story, are kind of dark, yet very interesting. They are fun to look at and they carry the story well. My kids liked pointing out all the gobblings and talking about how weird they were. Source: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mary DeKok Blowers for Readers' Favorite The Gobblings by Matthue Roth is a fascinating book for young children. I was immediately drawn by the beautiful pictures in vibrant shades of blue and green. The story line is imaginative as well. Herbie is a space traveler with his parents. Since he is the only child on board, he becomes bored and lonely and this is where the adventure starts for Herbie. He explores every nook and cranny of the space station; tunnels around the walls, the many fascinating switches and lights on the control boards, and the work shop, where he is given a pile of gears to try to build something. And he built some robots, but they were limited in their abilities. Herbie then discovers the Gobblings, a type of space predator. But they didn’t eat people, they only ate metal. This could be a big problem for anyone living in a space station! Matthue Roth masterfully tells how Herbie solved a big problem caused by the Gobblings. I so enjoyed this book with its detailed and colorful drawings and the unique story line. I believe reading this book could help prepare a child for problem solving in the real world in everyday life. By reading about how Herbie solved a problem, children might be inspired to look for new and creative ways to solve their own problems. I think that early elementary school children would love this book and it could be read to younger children by their parents. Buy The Gobblings for your children and delight their imaginations.