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The GrumbleGroar

Submitted by on August 22, 2010 – 7:47 pmNo Comment

The writing of the book is fantastic but I think the factual elements are a little too advanced for my daughters  – a confusing contrast to the fictional element of the story, which is aimed at a much younger audience.

Buy online from GrumbleGroar Productions

Price £5.99

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Initial thoughts: “Have you ever wondered what’s below your feet?  Beware when digging in the sand”: this tag line drew me in straight away and I couldn’t wait to discover the world of the GrumbleGroar whilst reading my girls their new bed time story.

Part fiction, part factual, this children’s book introduces a terrifying yet fantastic fire breathing monster that lurks deep, deep down in the farthest recess of the earth’s core. The author’s aim is to ensure the GrumbleGroar sparks the imagination of children and parents alike as to what does actually lurk at the centre of the earth.

We liked: The concept of the book is extremely original and engaging, my girls began asking lots of inquisitive questions about what may occur should they go digging at the beach and the story’s great use of language and rhyme really grabbed their attention.  The girls even made comparisons with this book to ‘The Gruffalo’, which is a HUGE compliment considering it is their favourite story ever.  The flip chart design of the book was a nice quirky alternative layout and the illustrations are very good.  You can’t argue with the price either.

We weren’t keen: The illustrations, although excellent, are a little dark especially for my five and four year old who are used to very bright and colourful reading. Obviously this is due to the subject matter but I felt I should mention this as my daughter did say, “I can’t see if that is a dragon mummy, it’s a bit dark isn’t it?”

The writing of the book is fantastic but I think the factual elements are a little too advanced for my daughters and most of it went straight over their (and my) heads – a confusing contrast to the fictional element of the story which is aimed at a much younger audience.

Overall: It’s a shame I have only recently read this book in the cold autumn months as it would be a perfect read for taking along on holiday or before a trip to the beach. I’ll definitely be re reading this one over the summer months in preparation for all that digging in the sand and I’m sure my daughters’ imagination will be running wild with visions of the GrumbleGroar emerging from her sandcastle.

[By Laura – Wife of Bold]

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