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Gregory and the Grimbockle

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  185 ratings  ·  145 reviews
Ten-year-old Gregory is about to find out that the enormous mole stuck straight beneath his nose is not just a mole, but is actually a humpy crumpy portal of skin that hides a creature called the Grimbockle.

What’s more? The Grimbockle is just one of the many strange little creatures called Bockles tending to the mysterious threads that connect all humans from one to the ot
Paperback, 183 pages
Published November 9th 2017 by New Wrinkle Publishing
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Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
5 Junior lovely Stars!

I was given this book by author in exchange for an honest review!

This book is such a sweet story. It's about human relationships and how humans are intertwined (in this case its the exoodles). These are taken care of and when they are not up to par it reminds us that we are in control of how we act as human beings to one another and how our actions can affect the other people in ours lives. This also is a book about accepting people for who they are. It starts out with Greg
Schizanthus Nerd
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
There’s nothing adults want to do more than to wipe the smudge below 10 year old Gregory’s left nostril, but it’s not a smudge at all. It’s actually a mole and is about the only extraordinary thing about Gregory, who has hardly any friends and quite tenuous relationships with his mother, father and older sister, Marjory. That is, until the night he meets Grimbockle, a Bockle, riding his trusty steed cockroach, and his life is never the same.

Bockles fix the invisible (to hoo-mans) threads that c
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received the book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This was such a cute story! I loved the idea of threads connecting everyone together and how important it is to strengthen those bonds.

I also loved the soundtrack! It’s such a creative idea to add a musical score to the book and it really added that extra special something.

Overall, I adored this book. I just wished it was a tiny bit longer because I didn’t want it to end.
Shan( Shans_Shelves) 💜
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Gregory and The Grimbockle is a middle grade novel written by Melanie Schubert and illustrated by Abigail Kraft. It’s fun, adventurous and packed with little characters you can’t help but love. I cannot wait to re read this to my younger sister, I can already tell she’ll love it.

The novel is told from the POV of ten year old Gregory. Gregory discovers the grimbockle one night when he climbs out of Gregory’s mole. From here our story begins.

First of all I love the way the grimbockle speaks. As so
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wish to thank the author for giving me a review copy of this novel, that comes out on November 9th of 2017.

I was intrigued with the synopses, not sure how the story would developed but it took me by surprise. I haven't read such a magical book in a while and it warmed my hearth, taking me back to the simpler ways of seeing life as a kid.

Gregory is a boy with a though luck and a very strange mole that catches the attention of everyone. I felt connected with him as a main character. It was so
Ruby Granger
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
'Gregory and the Grimbockle' is a delightful book for younger readers and one that I will certainly be recommending to my eleven-year-old cousin; however, having said this, I also greatly enjoyed it myself, despite the fact that I lie outside of the recommended age range.

The book follows the story of a young, lonely boy named Gregory who, to his, his family's and his neighbours' distaste, has a large mole just underneath his nose. However this mole proves to be anything but a nuisance when Greg

I would like to thank NetGalley and New Wrinkle Publishing for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

YES! Another new book from the folks over at NetGalley! When I saw this book over at NetGalley, I just had to pick this beauty up as soon as possible! “Gregory and the Grimbockle” is a children’s book that is written by Melanie Schubert along with artwork by Abigail Kraft and it is definitely one fantasy read that children should check out!

Gregory is a ten-year-old
K.A. Cummins
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My ten-year-old son and I read "Gregory and the Grimbockle" together and I am so very glad we did. It's a heart-warming tale of adventure that underscores the hidden connections binding us all.  

The adventure begins one night when Gregory discovers the Grimbockle and his cockroach steed.  Revealing a secret world within our own, the lovable Grimbockle takes Gregory along as he carries out an important task.  But neither them, nor their worlds will be the same in the end. 

While the characters dre
Dee Dee (Dee Reads for Food)
There are moments in your life when you wish you can do/read/watch x-thing again for the first time, just to relive the magic. This book does that for me. Gregory is that exact kind of outcast that you feel sorry for. Watching him come into his own is beautiful. The soundtrack adds perfectly to the fantastical world of the Bockles on their journey to fix the humans (Lord knows we need fixing). If only it were really that easy in real life, am I right? For fans of Terry Pratchett and Madeleine L' ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gregory and the Grimbockle is a great book with an interesting story and a brand new world full of adventure and fun. The music was wonderfully done, and the illustrations 'drew' me into the scenes. I found myself easily transporting into the universe of bockle's and exoodle threads. ...more
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gregory and the Grimbockle is a really funny, magical, adventurous and heartwarming story. The story follows Gregory, a ten-year-old boy who has a huge mole right under his nose. One day he discovers that a creature - called the Grimbockle - lives in his mole. The Grimbockle is a small, funny, purple creature that repairs 'exoodles' (exoodles are threads that connect humans to each other). Gregory is really interested in the Grimbockle and asks him to tell him more about the exoodles and Bocklia ...more
Stacy Fetters
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
”Brothers and sisters is always annoying each other to the ends of the earth, even if their exoodles is springy and strong.”

This was a fun, adventurous, and extremely cute story that will make your heart soar!

We all know that one person with a clearly visible mole. We stare openly and we stare in hiding. We pick, we flick, and we try to wipe it away. Now we know there is a bigger meaning behind these distractions on our bodies. I may have checked my husbands moles to see if I can spot the Grim
Amanda Paschal
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you grew up reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the BFG then you are going to love Gregory and the Grimbockle! My seven year old and I just finished reading this book and we could not have enjoyed the story and the characters more! My 14 year old was really into the soundtrack that accompanies the story which is clever and not something I have seen before. Loved this book. This is definitely a story you will not want to miss! Schubert is this generations Roald Dahl!
Mikael Barstow
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! First off, it reminded me of some of my favorite books I read when I was growing up, which were those written by Roald Dahl. The idea is original, the characters are great, and the message is one we should all pay attention to. I don't want to give anything away, but if you have children who like books with these things, you should definitely have them read this book. My daughter (11) loved the description of the book, but is waiting until she can purchase a physical copy beca ...more
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: The author sent me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

"Gregory and the Grimbockle" is an adorable middle grade novel about life, relationships, and adventure.

Gregory is an ordinary boy with a huge mole just above his lip. One day a Grimbockle (a tiny creature with magical abilities whose job it is to look after the exoodles that connect hoo-mans to each other) falls out of this mole and the adventures begin!

This novel is oodles and oodles of fun. I read the
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I borrowed this book from Netgalley, I had no clue that I was signing up for a good adventure. It just sounded curious, but 'Gregory and the Grimbockle' was way more than that.

A sad boy, with a magical creature's help, understands the mysterious ways in which our feelings work. The book subtly tells the readers that kindness is the panacea. Our heads could be full of darkness, but a tiny act of kindness could be the much-needed spark to dismal the darkness. It teaches children AND adults to
Branimir Schubert
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful read. It reminded me of The Little Prince by ANTOINE SAINT-EXUPERY: simple in appearance and yet profound in touching aspects of life that deeply impact children and humanity in general. The subtle humour and the way the story effortlessly cascades towards conclusion is clearly a gift that Melanie offers her readers. Thank you for transporting me back to my childhood and yet feeding my spirit at the same time.
Filip Franc
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book is refreshingly creative. The author has a way with words that captures your attention and imagination and holds them throughout the book. The unique characters and their eccentricities take you into their story and you feel like part of the adventure. Humour is mixed with a powerful message. A must read for anyone :)
Silas Kraft
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great book! It really draws attention to the importance of making an effort of friendship wherever you go and with whomever you meet (within reason, of course). It's filled with great illustrations by Abigail Kraft and a cinema-quality soundtrack by Jared Kraft (siblings), both of which add to the fun and heart-warming experience. I highly recommend this book to all readers of every age! ...more
Deborah Greenstreet
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this delightful children's story in two sittings last week and have dipped back into it several times as well as reading the first two chapters to two different classes of children, 8/9 yr olds and 9/ 10 yr olds respectfully to gauge the interest of children in the pitched age group. As a lover of books, reading to children and being a teacher this was a terrific opportunity to accept and action this wonderful invitation by a winning author to have fun, read and review her new book.

I real
Cory Marie
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a cute and whimsical read!! I'll be honest and say that I haven't really read a lot of middle grade novels since I was in middle school, but I think this book works perfectly for its key audience. The whole story is super original and its plot is something that I'm sure kids will love. In fact, I think I would have enjoyed this book even more if I had been reading it along with a child.

This book tells the story of Gregory and his adventures with a fictional character called a "bockle". I r
Casey Bloom
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This was a story full of imagination and heart, with a message that any age can clearly take away: that the connections we make with people are important. You never know what someone is going through or how just one nice comment could brighten someones day or even spark a friendship with someone that you'd never imagine having. 

Schuburt's writing style is whimsical and fun and everything I love to find in a children's book. With rich and c
Zayda Love (Babybibliophile)
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Gregory wakes up to find a peculiar tiny creature that came out of the mole under his nose; his ordinary life transforms to extraordinary! The tiny creature explains to Gregory that he is a Grimbockle, and his job as a Bockle is to provide maintenance to hoo-man (human) relationships. Exoodles are long threads that emerge from humans connecting them to people whom they have a strong relationship with. A Grimbockle’s job is to make sure that these threads remain healthy and strong. Gregory a ...more
Mother Of
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Suddenly I was 9 years old again, back in my childhood bed in the middle of the night, covers drawn over my head, illegally reading with my precious, faint little flashlight, the “KEENVIZ 1”. I met the lonely, miserable, taunted and friendless Gregory and fell in love with the very delightfully sensitive Grimbockle and his super-fast, pet-like, cockroach mode of transport.

With life falling apart for many children and their parents these days, it would be amazing to have the awesome little Grimb
S.M. Boren
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Gregory and the Grimbockle by Melanie Schubert from #kidlitexchange to read in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟Gregory and the Grimbockle is a cute story of a creature that lives in a far away place and uses humans to transport themselves to provide repair to emotional relationships between humans. They are capable of slowing down or speeding up time to travel. Gregory finds a Gimbockle by mistake and gets taken on a one night adventure that will ...more
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the most precious of books, and I am so proud of Melanie!

The world of Bockles and Exoodles and Golden Grower is absolutely delightful. The story of Gregory and the Grimbockle is the story of young Gregory, a boy who more than anything else just wants a friend. He feels ignored by his family, alone at school, and holistically misunderstood. ENTER: The Grimbockle (he says this as if it's important). The Grimbockle is responsible for caring for Hoo-man Exoodles, the little threads of emoti
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, own
Okay, I absolutely loved this book! At first I wasn't sure how this book was going to go, but the more I read, the more I loved it! In the beginning, the writing reminded me a bit of Roald Dahl, but it definitely has its own style as you get further in! I loved the characters - the Grimbockle was so cute! And this story even made me think a cockroach was adorable, which is very impressive! The illustrations in the book were amazing, and I also really enjoyed listening to the soundtrack while pic ...more
Brianna Cua
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Don't you love rainy Saturdays? I sat down and read Gregory and the Grimbockle in one sitting. Wow, what an amazing book! It is entertaining and heartwarming and brings so many important topics to light for middle graders.

World Kindness Day is coming up on November 13th and Gregory and the Grimbockle would be the perfect novel to promote to students during this time. Being kind to one another is SO important and that really shines through in Gregory and the Grimbockle.

It gets better...there is
Ema 🌻
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pdf
I know I’m well outside the targeted public for this book, but I still ended up enjoying it. It was a fast, light read and it was so cute it made me swoom. The writing style was rather captivating and the illustrations and the soundtrack tied everything in perfectly. It made me feel like a kid again. I liked the emphasys it had on everyone putting extra effort into maintaing our relationships, although you might not always feel like it. Surely determined me to try harder to strengthen my “exoodl ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Schubert tells this beautiful story about Gregory and the Grimbockle in such a way that can't help but change the way both adults and children view the world. Schubert's clever ability to capture the hearts of not only children but adults on every page from the front to the back cover is a testament to her writing gift.

We are caught up into the world of Bocklia as young Gregory is swept up into a wonderful adventure with the Grimbockle and his cockroach who take him down the Exoodle Expressway
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Melanie Schubert is a Melburnian coffee and boba tea fiend, who works as a scriptwriter and songwriter for the New Zealand performing arts company, Gobsmacked. She lives in a tiny shoe-box apartment with her darling husband Filip and her highly opinionated french bulldog Goose. For as long as she can remember, she has been staring out of windows, lost in daydreams, and carving her own path in th ...more

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