Book Review: The Grumpface by B.C.R. Fegan

8 May

Title: The Grumpface
Author: BCR Fegan
Illustrator: Daniela Frongia
Publisher: TaleBlade
Publication Date: May 1, 2017
Pages: 32

About the Book

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. 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.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Grumpface is a fairy tale about Dan, a young inventor who wants to woo a girl who sells flowers but he is too shy to talk to her. He decides he must find her a rose because she doesn’t have any. He wanders into Grumpface’s part of the forest and is challenged to perform tasks to be able to return  home. Poor Dan does his best but fears he will never see his love again.

This is a story of hope and  perseverance as well as humor and bravery overcoming grumpiness and negativity. The Grumpface is a good story to teach children the importance of being hopeful and positive like Dan, rather than grumpy like Grumpface. It also has vibrant illustrations and the text is in verse, both of which will keep the attention of children.



About the Author

BCR Fegan is an Australian author who has written a number of fairy tales and fantasies for children and young adults. He is inspired by stories that resonate deeply with our desire for adventure, yearning for magic and search for meaning.



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