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. But 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.
|Product dimensions:||8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.09(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 10 Years|
About the Author
Raised on a small hobby farm only minutes from some of Australia's greatest beaches, Fegan grew up inspired by the power of natures ambience. From the intensity of the frequent summer storms, to the overwhelming serenity of a lonely beach in the early hours of the morning. His ravenous appetite for both reading and writing soon saw him drawing on the transformational influence of the world around him to craft short stories, poems and picture books.
As time wore on, Fegan also found inspiration in the magic and depth of authors and compositors like Hans Christian Anderson, the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. He was mesmerised by the potency of small but beautiful phrases that were carefully carved from the minds of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Robert Frost. He grew to appreciate the worlds meticulously created by David Eddings, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis.
Eventually, he began to forge his own complete works. Weaving his own magic, piecing together his own phrases and crafting his own worlds. Agonising over plots that would inspire, characters that would be loved and circumstances that would delight. In time, his efforts saw a number of children's books and young adult fiction produced. Through the efforts of TaleBlade Press, these works are now being published with that same careful dedication.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
STORY-LINE AND CONCEPT OF THE GRUMPFACE BY B.C.R. FEGAN In The Grumpface, B. C. R. Fegan author and Daniela Frongia illustrator, crafted an entertaining book for any child. With a premise easy to follow, the child will giggle and wiggle as they listen to this fun filled book. A grumpy man became grumpy with a wizard. The wizard changed him into Grumpface and placed him deep in the dark forest. Grumpface would have to laugh before he would change back to a man. He devised a game for the people who wandered into the forest. They had to complete three task or stay in the forest. Dan wanted to find a rose for the flower vender, Bella, who he loved. Going into the forest, he meets Grumpface and laughter follows are Dan tried to complete the three task. I love rhyming poems and stories; I am sure any child would love to have this book. The rhyming will catch the adult or child's attention immediately. Children will find the rhyming easy to remember and follow. All children love to have someone read to them; this book is perfect for any time of day as you set with your child. With illustrations, detailed and colorful, children will love looking at the pages in Grumpface. I do not think they will be frighten as Grumpface resembles an old grumpy green leprechaun. With help from the reader/adult, children will understand laughter can change a person's attitude and outlook; the reader/adult should explain Grumpface becomes a different person after seeing Dan's funny attempts to complete the three task. The reader/adult can also impress upon the child how the man became Grumpface; an excellent teaching tool. An adult could sit with the child who's reading age and explain the concepts of the book. I found The Grumpface perfect for child ages 5-10. The Grumpface has a happy ending for all. Also, I would not hesitate to buy this book for a child. I am sure it will become a favorite book in mom's arsenal; a good book for any child's collection. The GRUMPFACE RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4 FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE: Additionally, I received this book from the author and chose to voluntarily review the book with an honest children’s book review. Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews on-line and on my blog, are my opinions. In addition, the ARC did not affect my voluntary children’s book review.
One of the joys of childhood is sitting with someone and reading a favorite story over and over again. The kind of story that sticks with you, and works it’s way into your heart. The Grumpface is that kind of story. It is about a grumpy old man that is cursed and lives in the forest of Ho. He captures unsuspecting travelers that get lost in the forest and they must complete a challenge to earn their freedom. If they cannot complete any of the three challenges they are trapped in the forest forever. In this story an inventor named Daffy Dan is looking for a rose to win the love of a girl named Bella. Bella sells flowers in the village but longs for a rose that she cannot grow. Dan thinks that if he can bring Bella a rose, he will have the courage to finally speak to her and win her heart. As he searches the forest of Ho, he gets caught by Grumpface and must find a way to escape or he will never have the chance to see Bella and tell her how he feels. The first thing that grabbed me about this book, was the amazing illustrations. Grumpface at his worst is still funny enough to not frighten my four-year-old daughter. She fell in love with this book the first time she saw me reading it and saw the bright pink bird in the first challenge. The images throughout are all done with detail and colors that draw you into the story more. They complement the text in an artistic way as well as helping convey the emotions. The rhythm of the rhyming makes the story entertaining and flow smoothly. It is perfect for young readers, but not too silly that it will make parents want to hide the book after a week. One of the great morals of the story is to find the humor in life even when things don’t go your way. Daffy Dan is clumsy and riddled with bad luck it seems, it makes him relatable to young readers that are often clumsy themselves. Dan’s creative inventions all sound like great ideas and spark the imagination of readers as well. Grumpface is like the teacher or parent that just stares in disbelief at the crazy things Dan does. Together the pair make a memorable story that will leave you laughing. B.C.R. Fegan and D. Frongia have created a beautiful and enchanting tale with The Grumpface. They manage to convey the fear and concern of Dan throughout the story, the disappointment he feels as things don’t go his way, and the joy he feels as he thinks he finally got it. The story touches the hearts of adults and keeps children entertained. It the teaches morals of persistence, compassion, and friendship. This is a book you will want to keep on hand to read for years to come.
Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen (Teen Reviewer) for Readers' Favorite The Grumpface by B.C.R. Fegan is a fun, rhyming children's book about a man who has been cursed to live as a Grumpface, and a young inventor, Dan, who is in love with a girl named Bella. One day, Dan goes into the Forest of Ho, looking for a rose for Bella. The forest, however, is in the domain of the Grumpface, and Dan soon gets stuck in one of the Grumpface's many traps. The Grumpface tells him that he can go free if he can complete one of three challenges. He has to either catch a glowing bird, walk across a tiny bridge, or walk through a cave full of dangers. Dan believes he has an invention for each of the challenges. Will he complete a challenge? Or will he never get to see Bella again? I really enjoyed reading The Grumpface by B.C.R. Fegan. The book is very well written and the rhyming is very well done. The rhyming gives the book a fun rhythm that children will enjoy. The book has many funny parts and is full of action and suspense. The characters are very likeable, especially Dan, because he's kindhearted, and very silly. The book shows that anyone can change. The pictures by D. Frongia are very well drawn and clearly depict each scene. Children will really enjoy reading this story and will want to read it again and again. The story is well developed and well thought out. I would definitely recommend this to all children.
"In a land far away, at a time long ago, Was the Village of Hay, near the Forest of Ho. In the midst of the forest, in the darkest place, Lived a grumpy old creature they called the Grumpface. And once in a while did a traveller go On his way to the village through the Forest of Ho And so easy it was to get lost in that place And get caught in a trap by that grumpy Grumpface." An awkward, bungling inventor named Dan looks through his window every morning and sees the lovely Bella, a street flower vendor, who calls out her flowers by name to the passers-by. Unfortunately she has no roses to offer for sale as none have grown. Dan, smitten by her beauty, decides to find a rose she so desires and present it to her. He goes on a journey of discovery into the Forest of Ho, gets completly turned around, then finds he is totally lost. He is captured by an ogre named Grumpface. Grumpface is so named because many years ago a wizard cast a spell upon him leaving his face permanently grumpy or so he thought. No one is allowed to leave Grumpface's forest until he can successfully complete one of three tasks the ogre challenges him to perform. Dan uses his not-so-reliable inventions to perhaps capture a beautiful bird in a lantern, to help aid him cross a bridge over an active volcano while blindfolded, and the third? Well he must go into a deep, dark cave and find a small silver statue that is somewhere strewn on the ground. Oh my! Can he overcome these obstacles with his invention's shortcomings? Surely he can complete at least one of the quests successfully and then be released to return back home to his beloved Bella? Each time his efforts are botched... but are they really? The outcomes might be failures but they are such ridiculous failures that a tiny smile flickers across Grumpface's face each time and each time that smile gets bigger and bigger! On his last challenge Dan trips and falls in the dark cave sending the statue he is trying to locate flying. When he emerged to present the statue to the ogre it's not the statue but his boot. Grumpface finds this so amusing and so utterly ridiculous that he burst out laughing and cannot stop. The laughter breaks the curse upon him and he returns to a normal man. The happy guy is so thrilled to be back that he releases Dan immediately, even giving him a reward of how to find a precious rose to take back to his sweetheart Bella. All fairytales have happily ever after endings and this one is no exception. Told in rhyming couplets this book is a perfect read aloud to share. Everyone loves a heartwarming story, a hero who risks his very life to acquire the girl of his dreams, and who can resist the transformation of a Grumpface into a Smileyface... it's redemption at its very best. The illustrations are crisp, charged with vibrant colours and so expressive. They can stand alone as a reason to get the book. This is the author's debut book and I can't wait for his next one. I highly, highly recommend "The Grumpface" to my readers.
"In a land far away, in a time long ago, was the Village of Hay near the Forrest of Ho." I had to giggle at this first line. The story of Grumpface had sort of a "Beauty and the Beast" theme. A man, who only seeks to win the heart of a beauty, must complete a list of challenges when he is captured by Grumpface. I guess the tasks would only represented the man's worthiness of the fair maiden. The illustrations were simple and vibrant. I especially liked the volcano rendering and I enjoyed the comical undertone throughout. But I thought there were a few holes in the story line. It just had some things that didn't quite make sense, and I also didn't take to the language too well. Were kids even going to understand that? Rhyming was cute, even though some of the lines were a bit too cheesy for my likes. Overall, I thought this was a cute children's story.
Grumpface, is a grumpy old ogre-like green man, who lives in the forest of Ho. He has lived there ever since he was cursed by a wizard. Whenever people wander into his forest, Grumpface catches them and makes them complete a task. If they win they go free, if they lose, they have to stay with him. One day Dafty Dan, a failed inventor, wanders into the forest looking for a rose, to give to the woman he loves, Bella. Dan goes too far into the forest and soon ends up in one of Grumpfaces traps. He is then ordered to complete the tasks. Will Dan be able to complete the tasks, or will have to stay in the forest forever? The Grumpface is an exquisitely drawn, colourful children’s rhyming book. It reminded me of ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’, with its troll making the goats complete tasks to get across the bridge. The Story is very enjoyable, and has a fairytale-Esq feel to it. The plot is both humorous and heartwarming at the same time. It will certainly keep youngsters entertained from beginning to end.