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Grobblechops

Written by Elizabeth Laird

Illustrated by Jenny Lucander

Part of the Tales by Rumi Series

Grobblechops Synopsis

There's a monster hiding under the bed! This classic bedtime fear is hilariously brought to life by award-winning author Elizabeth Laird and Finnish illustrator Jenny Luncander. Amir thinks that a monster will come and eat him up! And maybe the monster will have a mum and dad too! But Dad reassures Amir that if the monster family comes to play, then the parents will have a good old chat whilst Amir makes a new friend.

Grobblechops Press Reviews

Not yet published in the UK Based on a tale by the Sufi mystic Rumi, this oversized picture book adroitly calms a child's fear of monsters through some creative parental problem-solving. Young Amir, toothbrush in hand, stalls at bedtime, imagining a monster with huge teeth who doubtlessly wants to eat him. His dad suggests that Amir growl like a tiger to scare the monster away and offers to intervene with a frying pan--but Amir conjures up monster parents with a larger frying pan. The scenario escalates, with Amir's mom intrepidly charging in with an umbrella and the monster parents retaliating. Finally, Amir's parents offer coffee and sweets to their counterparts; while they chat, Amir shares his toy cars with his new monster friend, Grobblechops. Thus appeased, Amir settles down for the night in his cozy bed, holding his teddy bear close. But his dad leaves the door open, just a little, to let a bit of light in. The kinesthetic, splattery quality of the illustrations draws young eyes to the story, and the slightly off-kilter orientation of many of the scenes adds a sense of appropriately disorienting whimsy. The reassurance offered by Amir's parents proves a comforting salve for a common childhood anxiety. Amir and his parents have brown skin and black hair. Endearing and good-hearted. - Kirkus Reviews

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910328415
Publication date: 7th February 2019
Author: Elizabeth Laird
Illustrator: Jenny Lucander
Publisher: Tiny Owl Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages

About Elizabeth Laird

Elizabeth Laird is the multi-award winning author of many successful picture books, young fiction and YA novels. Her travels across the world have influenced her style of writing and choice of topics; she is well known for tackling a wide range of global issues through her work. Jenny Lucander, born 1975 in Helsinki, studied children's book illustration, creation and storytelling at the University of Gothenburg, The School of Design. Jenny has illustrated several award-nominated childrens' books.

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