Grobblechops has a message of friendship
What did you like about the book? Grobblechops is part of a series of books (“Tales by Rumi”) based on the work of Rumi, a thirteenth century poet, theologian, and philosopher. The books in this series take some important lessons from his work entitled Masnavi and transform them into stories for children today.
In the story Grobblechops, a little boy does not want to go to bed because there might be a huge monster in his room. Of course, his parents do everything they can to convince him that they will be able to handle any monster that disturbs his sleep. First, they have the little boy practice looking fierce. Then both the mother and the father show the weapons they will use to chase away not only the Grobblechop but its mother and father as well. Eventually, everyone comes to an understanding that fighting is too tiring for all and maybe the little boy and the Grobblechop could just play together. The father says that if they play nicely together then maybe the parents will also stop fighting and just sit and visit. The night ends with the Grobblechop curled up in bed with the little boy – a content smile on both their faces.
The illustrations in this book are a wonderful, and sometimes hilarious, accompaniment to the story. We see the father and mother brandishing a pot and an umbrella to protect their son. The Grobblechop’s parents are just as protective with their large fangs and horns, coming at the parents in a menacing manner. Of course all this drama creates a chaotic scene in the boy’s bedroom only to end with everyone having tea and cookies.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing.
To whom would you recommend this book? This book would be perfect for children between the ages of three and six. Younger children will enjoy the silliness of the story while older children might understand the message of friendship instead of fighting.
Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, daycare centers, preschools, anyone that works with children between the ages of three and six.
Where would you shelve it? Picture books.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, plus it would be nice to have the other “Tales by Rumi” books as well when they are released.
Reviewer Kristin Guay, former youth librarian
Date of review: June 27, 2019
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