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The Grumpalump

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  11 reviews
"Hayes' cumulative tale, an exploration of sound and rhyme, will delight the lap audience; it might also provide entertainment for new readers who will appreciate the large typeface and ample white space. Firth's pen-and-ink drawings, washed with color, create bold vistas on the double-page spreads, reflecting the buoyant, active rhymes."--ALA "Booklist." Full color.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 6th 2003 by Walker Books Ltd (first published January 1st 1990)
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Such fun reading all of our family favorite picture books again!

This one came to us via our favorite little indie bookstore (seriously-- what would I do without them?!), and was read many times

Lots of fun- how many books feature a yak and a gnu?
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Lovely: rhythm, rhyme, humour and a surprise ending, all focussed on the grumbling grumpalump. One to read out loud again and again.
Tatia Power
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite kids books ever! Read this constantly for my kids.
Kay Lea
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Short story. Slight rhyme. Not much of a story to it but children may like it.
Shahina Khan
Young listeners will be able to identify the difference between a gnu and a yak and they will love the weird sounds in the tale, as a variety of animals approach the mysterious grumpalump, which just lies lazily....All it does is grump and grump. Large print and lots of colour make it an engaging and enjoyable book to read.
Katie Fitzgerald
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Mandy Setterfield
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A children's book, fondly remembered from 15 years ago when my children were pre-schoolers. I bought a second hand copy on line and it's the best 2 I've spent this year! The rhyme and the crescendo give a really exciting feel to the story. Wonderful! ...more
Nov 03, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, kids-books
Chipper little list of comical rhymes, an extra half-star for the inclusion of a gnu.
Sep 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another book that Caleb memorized about a year ago. We call a certain climbing wall at a local park the "Grumpalump". It certainly made an impression.
Artemis Eclectica
Aug 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Superb illustrations. Whilst adhering to anatomical accuracy Barbara Firth has still maintained delightfully comic expressions and characterisations. An absolute pleasure to read.
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