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The Journey of the Noble Gnarble

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"The story of a gnarble with a dream, who tries to make it past doubting blyfish, sneaky subbalubbles, and hungry plinks on his way to the surface of the sea"--Dust jacket.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Emerald Book Co
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Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: other gnarbles, but not plinks
Recommended to Mike by: Shannon
Shelves: favorites, shannon
This is the single greatest fucking book I've ever read! Thanks, Shannon! ;)
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A gnarble left his cozy bed along the ocean floor.
He dreamt about a place that he had never seen before!

He headed to the surface for a glimpse of sun and sky.
The trip was so impossible, he’d be the first to try.

Gnarbles can’t swim far with little fins and floppy tails.
What makes this gnarble noble isn’t written on his scales.

You won’t believe the new fantastic creatures that he found.
But did he reach the top or did he quit and turn around?

When we first received this book, my daughter quickly too
Travis Ristau
May 13, 2013 rated it liked it
This book did a good job of showing younger kids that if you do everything you can, even if others doubt you, you can still accomplish your dream. The story starts with a Gnarble that lives at the bottom of the ocean floor. He dreams of reaching the surface but he has very tiny fins and a floppy tail. The rest of the Gnarbles tell him he can't make it to the surface, but he is very determined to make it. The Gnarble pushes on past various obstacle that congratulate him for his determination. At ...more
Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it
The Journey of the Noble Gnarble is about a young fish who had a dream. His dream was to reach the surface and flip out of the water into the open air. One day he decided to go. He had other fish stop him and tell him that he can't do it and that no Gnarble ever had. He was very determined and went ahead anyway. After a while he meets many other fish who would like to have him as a snack. The Gnarble decided he wasn't going to give up and that he was too close to quit. The Gnarble finally reache ...more
Trevor Fitzpatrick
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was a classic tale of a fish with an "I think I can" attitude. Of course enduring hardships throughout his journey, the noble gnarble made it to the top of the ocean, and a happy ending very nicely fit the book. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes a story about a character that has to work for what he wants, and ends up getting what he has worked for in the end.
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was worried there for a minute, but I'm so glad the gnarble made it!!
Sandra Stiles
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was very excited to be given the opportunity to readand review this book. My granddaughter Haylee spent the day with me and we went to the library and picked out some books. When we returned The Journey of the Noble Gnarble was here. I told her that I was asked to read it to her and she had to tell us what she thought about it. She asked me if she was supposed to tell me if she didn't like it. I told her yes, I wanted her to be honest. So she said okay. After dinner and her shower, (she's spen ...more
Fernando Coronado
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Journey of the Noble Gnarble followed a young Gnarble and his hopes to jump above the waves and see Sky Blue. There has never been a Gnarble that had been to the waves because , their fins were much too small and their tails were thin and floppy. However, Gnarble knew he couldn't give up, so one day he decided to go for it. Even though all of his friends told him it couldn't be done, he did not give up. Not even when the Blyfish family told him he could not do it. Gnarble faces many obstacle ...more
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
That was so much fun to read.
Kelly Kline
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
1. What is the book about?
There is a gnarble who is trying to swim to the top of the ocean surface. A lot of his friends try to warn him against it because the gnarble is too small and too weak to make it to the top of the surface. However, the gnarble doesn't listen to his friends and continues his journey anyway. However, half way on his trip, a shark almost gobbles us the young creature. At the last minute, the gnarble was able to slip away. At the end of the book, the gnarble makes it to the
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is about a puny Gnarble who lives at the bottom of the sea floor. He has dreams of reaching the surface of the sea, but his fins are too tiny and his tail is too floppy. All of the other Gnarbles tell him that he cannot make it to the surface, but that does not stop him from trying. Very determined, he pushes past obstacles, like other creatures trying to eat him, to make it to the top of the sea. In the end, he finally makes it to the top and is able to see the sun.
I think that the mo
Alex Sandiland
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Journey of a Noble Gnarble is about a brave see creature called a Gnarble. This creature wants to travel to the very top of the ocean. Many of the other sea creatures doubt him and tell him that Gnarbles fins are to small to swim all the way to the top. This is the little Gnarbles dream so he goes for it. He starts his journey to the top of the sea and meets a lot of sea creatures who want to have him for dinner. He overcomes a lot of obstacles and finally sees the top of the ocean for the f ...more
Kayla Fjellbo
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Journey of the Noble Gnarble is definitely a book to read. As the noble gnarble dreams of swimming to the top of the sea he wakes up determined to do just that. Gnarbles have very thin, small fins so they can't generate enough power to get all the way to the top. That didn't stop the noble gnarble though, he was determined to make it to the top no matter what anyone said. Throughout his journey, the noble gnarble is faced with many obstacles of other creatures discouraging him or trying to e ...more
Kathryn Cunningham
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
A tiny, small-finned, floppy-tailed gnarble dreams the impossible dream of leaving his home on the ocean floor to see the sun and the sky above the sea. He embarks on a perilous and fool-hardy journey, where nay-sayers like the blyfish try to discourage him, and predators like the subbalubble would like to make an easy meal of him. But the noble gnarble is undaunted, and perseveres until his dream of flipping above the waves becomes a reality.

I found this story at this website by accident while
Caitlin W.
(Free e-book found here: )

This is the tale of the noblest Gnarble of them all-- unlike his fellow gnarbles, who are content to stay on the ocean floor, this fellow decides that he has to see the sun before he dies. In spite of his nay-saying friends and neighbors, who say that he just isn't built for such an adventure, he sets off. He meets a host of other creatures on his journey to see the sun, most of them with ridiculous names, and most of them eager
L.a. Fraser-mcpherson
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This story is about a Gnarble that lives at the bottom of the sea. He dreams everyday about reaching the top of the sea and seeing the sky for himself, he also wants to do one flip out of the water for the very first time. He decides one day that he is going to swim to the top, even though he had been warned about the dangers that he may face. He is faced with different fish on his way up to the top and finds ways to get away from them, even after being swallowed by a Plink just as he was approa ...more
The illustrations are beautiful with brightly colored sea creatures in a deep blue sea. Their names are fun to pronounce, particularly embedded in the rhyme. While I love stories of adventure and following your dream, I found this one to be a little too dark for its audience. At every turn, gnarble is about to be eaten by menacing creatures that take up nearly a full page. The story had two gaps. First, it's not clear why this gnarble (who has no name) is "noble." Second, what happens to the gna ...more
Alyssa Groth
Oct 16, 2015 rated it liked it
I read the eBook version of this title, so the review will be from that context:

In The Journey of the Noble Gnarble there is a little animal called a Gnarble who really wants to see the surface above the ocean. He dreams of all the colors he will see at the top, but everyone thinks he won't be able to make it. They say since he is so small and has such tiny fins that he will fail and never see the top. However, he perseveres and reaches his goals though everyone had doubted him.

This book did a n
Sabina Parvin
Sep 15, 2014 rated it liked it
The story is centred round a ‘gnarble’, a fantastic, imagined type of fish that strives to reach the top of the sea and escape. The creative nature of the very name of the fish sparks up imagination in children’s minds too. He has been told that he is not capable of swimming up high by his peers and goes through many obstacles before reaching the top of the sea. The story is written in rhyming couplets, a very effective writing tool which enables the story to be told as a song and the tone of th ...more
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book for a few reasons. One was the way the Gnarble never gave up on his dream, he did not let anyone dictate him or change his mind. He had self confidence within himself that is admirable and I think should be taught to children in order for them to feel confident and comfortable in their own skin.
Another being that it is a rhyming book which I love as it flows well and is enjoyable to read aloud to children as they can sometimes get involved.
Lastly, the sea creatures and the
Oct 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
A delightful undersea story of a “noble gnarble” fighting against tough odds to see the sun. All the other denizens of the deep discourage him – they say he can’t make it because his fins are too small. Some try to eat him on the way up! The book’s illustrations are imaginative and colorful; the drawings of the villains are beautiful yet scary. The message of the valiant gnarble’s determination will have young children rooting for him to finally “flip above the waves.” Invented sea creatures lik ...more
Oct 16, 2015 rated it liked it
This e-book was facinating with colors and Dr. Suess-esk ryhming. It was fluid in movement throughout with quick page changes. There was no moral story just the tale of a fishes dream to reach the ocean surface. The longevity of the book is increaded provided that electricity exists for ever. There were no extra multi media elements to enhance the story but the art work takes a readers mind away from that point. Simply a good read. Kevin c
Alexa David
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Journey of the Noble Gnarble is a book about a sea creature, a gnarble, who dreams about seeing the sun above the sea. The gnarble explores the ocean and sees all of the different creatures that swim about the sea. In the end, he swims to the surface and sees the sun. I enjoyed this book! The illustrations were colorful and vibrant! I would use it in a lower elementary level classroom and would also be beneficial to have in a classroom library.
Maria Flores-gasca
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What really caught my attention in this book was the illustrations it really looked like something that I had not seen in many books that i had read before. They almost looked like actual paintings and they seemed to have taken up the entire page in order to give a better visual of what was going on throughout the story. Each illustration also had great details throughout every page and it really got you to read and look at the images as you read the story.
Sep 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The pictures are fantastic, a 4 star. but the story is a 3 stars, so I have to give it a 3. I had no idea what a Gnarble was, but I like that he was willing to take risks, and go on an adventure to reach the surface of the ocean and do a quick flip out of the water. The journey was full of dangers but the Gnarble has a goal, and it is fun to see him succeed.

I guess there is a youtube video part 2
Shelby Everitt
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a story about a little fish who dreams about swimming to the surface of the ocean to see the beautiful sun. He is so small though so no one thinks he can do it, and along the way, he almost gets eaten by many other fish. He finally makes it and sees how beautiful it is. The book is written like a poem too, so it is fun to read. The names of the fish are all made up so children would find this book silly to listen to.
Lindsey Adams
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Journey of the Noble Gnarble is a book about a sea creature. Gnarble hopes and dreams to see the sun above the sea and wanders the ocean to see all the different sea animals that swim in the sea. He ends up getting his wish and swims to the surface to see the sun above the water. This book was so vibrant in color and illustration and was an easy, engaging read. I would use this book in early elementary grades and it would be a good book to have in my classroom library.
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Love the wordplay (in the style of Dr. Seuss).
Love the beautiful illustrations and can see this book being a big hit in elementary classrooms, maybe as a choral reading.
Love the them of taking chances.
Love the allusion to the biblical story of Jonah and the Whale.
Love that this book is available free online:
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really like Daniel Errico's rhythmic, poetic writing style. The artwork fit the story well and the book was neither too long nor too short for little ones. The story was cute and even contained a lesson. I would definitely recommend this book for small children. (At times the writing was almost reminiscent of Dr. Seuss)
Cassie Taylor
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
A good story that could be used in a beginning poetry unit. Could also be a good read-aloud for a lead into bravery and going after dreams. Similar to Ugly Fish. Has some names for characters that might be a little too difficult for younger grades; older students would appreciate the humor.
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