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The Grumpface

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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.

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Kindle Edition, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2017 by TaleBlade
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Jessica Robbins
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book from TaleDale Press for an honest review. Thank you to them and the author for providing me with this opportunity.

I am a huge fan of picture books and read them all the time for work so I was excited when I was asked to review a copy of this book. The things about picture books is that they are versatile and can be enjoyable for both adults and children. What I liked most about this book was the fact that it made me feel like I was reading a new and improved take on a fairy
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018, kindle
What a fun kids story. I had fun reading it to my four-year-old granddaughter, with its rhyming, lyrical language and a nice mix of things that felt silly (aka fun, for a four-year-old) and serious. That my granddaughter was giggling at the Grumpface (the guy in the book, not her grandfather) was another good sign. We both enjoyed and my granddaughter hopes to revisit the grumpy old guy (that would be the grandfather this time) for another reading of The Grumpface.

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Vera mallard
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
In The Grumpface, B. C. R. Fegan author and Daniela Frongia illustrator, crafted an entertaining book for any child. With a premise easy to follow, the child will giggle and wiggle as they listen to this fun filled book.

A grumpy man became grumpy with a wizard. The wizard changed him into Grumpface and placed him deep in the dark forest. Grumpface would have to laugh before he would change back to a man. He devised a game for the people who wandered into the forest. They had to complete three
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it

Cover artwork is quite good. It's bold and fun and appealing. The "Grumpface" is wonderfully expressive, and this immediately draws the reader in. I would recommend a bit more shadow under his hat so that his (green) face stands out more from the green in the background.

The title treatment is good. I'm a little thrown off by the positioning of the author/illustrator credits. Since the two name are given equal prominence in size, the fact that they're not lined up bothers me. Either add
Erin Kahn
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
We've all had those days where it seems like we can't do anything right. At least, I've had them, and I'm guessing you have too. In the picture book The Grumpface, Dan is having one of those days. Actually, he's always having one of those days. Dan is an inventor, but he just can't seem to get any of his inventions to work. He also can't work up the courage to talk to Bella, the beautiful girl he sees selling flowers every day outside his window.

When Dan gets captured by the Grumpface - a cranky
Tonja Drecker
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
With the whirl of a fairy tale, this book pits the grumpiest of grumps against a man that just might make him giggle.

Grumpface was once a normal man. . .or so they say. He was so grumpy that he was placed under a curse. Whenever travelers run across him, they are taken captive and must complete one of three tasks to gain their freedom again. But when a very clumsy traveler happens across, a strange end awaits Grumpface.

I love the cover on this one and the illustrations of Grumpface. His trolly
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
The following book was kindly sent to me by the author, B.C.R. Fegan, who requested a review. This book is out now and you can get a physical or ebook copy by visiting the publisher's website, TaleBlade Press, or by checking out Amazon. :-)

The Grumpface by B.C.R. Fegan with illustrations by Daniela Frongia is told entirely in rhyme. It's the story of Dan who is a clumsy dreamer inventor who is simply trying to win over the affections of the girl he's loved from afar. The Grumpface is a creature
J. Roslyn
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a book about a clever, but clumsy, inventor, Dafty Dan, who secretly loves the girl selling flowers in his village. While searching the nearby forest for a rose to give to her (since roses will not grow in her garden), he is trapped by a very grumpy, green creature with warts on his nose, called "Grumpface." Grumpface will not let Dan go free until he performs three difficult tasks. As Dan sets out to solve the tasks by inventing, he somehow never manages to invent what he intended, and ...more
Sandra Lopez
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
"In a land far away, in a time long ago, was the Village of Hay near the Forrest of Ho." I had to giggle at this first line.

The story of Grumpface had sort of a "Beauty and the Beast" theme. A man, who only seeks to win the heart of a beauty, must complete a list of challenges when he is captured by Grumpface. I guess the tasks would only represented the man's worthiness of the fair maiden. The illustrations were simple and vibrant. I especially liked the volcano rendering and I enjoyed the
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Denise Lucas
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Grumpface written by B.C.R. Fegan is a wonderfully written children’s story about an inventor who ends up lost in the forest and soon is caught by the Grumpface and has the opportunity to walk free if he can complete one of 3 tasks. This silly story is sure to entertain the children, and teaches some good lessons. The illustrations are beautiful and well done and really add to the story. I loved the rhyming rhythm, as it really added to the fun of the story. The happy ending was nice and it ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a teacher I have long been used to reading aloud to young children and I know that they like nothing more than a story that rhymes throughout. They will concentrate so hard to stay within the spell cast by the power of rhyme. This is a charming story of the grumpy old Grumpface (he looks like an angry leprechaun) and a young lad who wants to impress his love by bringing her a rose. As in many fairy tales Dan is forced to complete three tasks in order to be set free by the Grumpface. He is an ...more
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You will immediately notice the humorous rhyme in which B.C.R. Fegan sets his story. The Grumpface is just fun to read because the words just skip along your tongue. But children will love the challenges Dan faces to win his freedom to search for the one item that Dan can present to Bella as a token of his admiration and love.

And Grumpyface? He learns a few lessons himself. The challenges he gives Dan to free him of the forest is exactly what frees them all and leads Dan down the path there the
Carol Pennington
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful children’s book that the adult will enjoy as much as the child. Can’t wait to read it to the grands!
Hilary (SongsWroteMyStory)
I received a copy of this book from TaleBlade Press in exchange for an honest review.

From the moment I received the email asking to review this book, I knew I had to read it, and not just because I was feeling like a grumpface myself that day. This is pitched as a new sort of fairy tale, and the premise of it just seemed like too much fun, with the Grumpface character, the struggling inventor, and the fairy tale like qualities.

I work with children, and use a lot of books in my music program. If
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"In a land far away, at a time long ago,
Was the Village of Hay, near the Forest of Ho.

In the midst of the forest, in the darkest place,
Lived a grumpy old creature they called the Grumpface.

And once in a while did a traveller go
On his way to the village through the Forest of Ho

And so easy it was to get lost in that place
And get caught in a trap by that grumpy Grumpface."

An awkward, bungling inventor named Dan looks through his window every morning and sees the lovely Bella, a street flower
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Grumpface by B.C.R. Fegan Review

A new children's book looks to become an instant classic in The Grumpface by B.C.R. Fegan. Harking back to the days when fairy tales and folklore
were intertwined, this story of a mythical creature and the young man who must try to outsmart it in order to escape is something children will love
instantly. Here is the synopsis:

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
Hester Gentle
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Amy Shannon
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing

What a great story. The first thing that drew me in were the incredible graphics of the story. They told the story right along with the text. The text was well written and rhymed perfectly and wonderfully to tell the grand story. The Grumpface is quite a character, and adorably scary. He's not quite so scary once you get to know him. Dan has to perform several tasks for Grumpface to release him from the forest. It's a good story for children of all ages. Well done.
Dianne Fegan
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Jul 27, 2017
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Everyone loves a story that begins with 'In a land far away' and this one does not disappoint. Follow the Grumpface and one lovestruck, hapless inventor named Dan as they each work their way to ungrumpily ever after. Written in clever rhymes and illustrated vibrantly, The Grumpface will bring a smile to even the grumpiest of the grumpy.
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Grumpface, is a grumpy old ogre-like green man, who lives in the forest of Ho. He has lived there ever since he was cursed by a wizard.

Whenever people wander into his forest, Grumpface catches them and makes them complete a task. If they win they go free, if they lose, they have to stay with him.

One day Dafty Dan, a failed inventor, wanders into the forest looking for a rose, to give to the woman he loves, Bella. Dan goes too far into the forest and soon ends up in one of Grumpfaces traps. He is
Anne Grills
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May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant! I love this little picture book from the cover the back. To give a review for this book I ask you to go to my blogpost for my full review.
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B.C.R. Fegan is an award-winning author who has written a number of fictional tales for children and young adults.

Raised on a small property on the east coast of Australia, Fegan lived between worlds of thunderous Pacific Ocean waves and a serene, tree-filled valley just minutes away. Fascinated by almost everything – except formal education for a time – Fegan focused his efforts on the grand

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