The Grumpface is a tale in the ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
When Dan gets captured by the Grumpface - a cranky ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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