Grobblechops is sure to stand the test of time!
Read the review below!
Amir is worried about the little monster lurking under the bed. What if it tries to eat him up?! And what if that monster has a dad and a mom too? As Amir’s dad tucks him in, Amir wonders if the monster might just become a friend instead… This classic bedtime fear is hilariously brought to life by award-winning author Elizabeth Laird and Finnish illustrator Jenny Luncander. A timeless tale of monsters under the bed, based on a story from Masnavi, one of the best-known and most influential works by the thirteenth century poet, philosopher and Sufi mystic Rumi.
Amir cannot sleep. Why? That monster, of course!
As Amir finds different reasons to not fall asleep alone in the dark(that monster is reason number one), his clever and patient dad finds an equal number of reasons for Amir to look past his fears and maybe even embrace them(and well, go to sleep!).
Gorgeous colorful illustrations that depict characters truer to their names; with motion and vivacity that brings life to them all – humans, monsters, and toys too. The details in the illustrations add so much to the story told with just the right amount of dialog for a picture book. For instance,
- the Rumi poster is a nod to the teller of the original tale
- Amir’s teddy bear is a delight to watch across the pages
- all those tiny details that make it a normal, lived in home that cleverly yet subtly reflects who and where the characters are (the swim goggles on the bathroom floor, the toys strewn all around, the entryway of their home, the colorful rugs, the clothes they wear, the colors used)
- and so much more for you to discover
I loved the fact that it was dad who saved the day, well, the night, here. While I am a mom myself, it is nice to see books that show the father as the wonderful caregiver that he is too.
Like the tales by Rumi, this book is sure to stand the test of time with so much to look for in the detailed illustrations; and the text is delightful as well to read alone or aloud!
I do wish the book had included the name of the original tale this story is based upon. Note it only mentions the collection of tales this is taken from. I was intrigued and tried to find the 13th century tale that inspired a monster under the bed retelling for today; but could not figure it out from what I checked of the original collection (English translations online) so far.
A book to treasure for its tender twist on a typical tale of the monster under the bed and for its colorful, full-of-energy illustrations. And you turn the last page with lessons learned as well – how to embrace/conquer those monster-under-the-bed fears, and to look past appearances for you never know where and in who you find your next best friend!
Reading Level: 4 – 7 years (and older too!)
Reread Level: 5/5
Disclaimer: Thank you to NetGalley, Myrick Marketing & Media, LLC and Tiny Owl Publishing for the digital review copy and the opportunity to provide an honest review
- Read a blog: is there really a monster under the bed?!
- Read an interview with illustrator Jenny Lucander: I felt proud and happy illustrating Grobblechops!
- Read a review by Jill Bennett: Adults and little ones will relish Grobblechops!
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