The story revolves around a ten-year-old boy named Gregory, who discovers that a strange creature called the Grimbockle has been living inside his mole. Together they explore the mysterious world of Bockles, creatures who take care of the threads that connect people across the world. They have to keep hidden of course, because humans can’t know about these creatures and the threads and so Gregory and the Grimbockle set out on a secret journey, become great friend and finally learn how to really take care of the threads that connect us all.
The story is charming and incredibly funny, I laughed out loud while reading it. The silly Grimbockle’s talk was adorable and the illustrations complemented the story perfectly. I wished for more of them but the story was so good that in the end the number of illustrations didn’t matter.
The main character Gregory is very relatable, I loved reading about his attempts to try to mend the threads. I think the message of the book is very important not only for children but also for their parents. We have to nurture our friendships and meet new people when we can to help each other out and make our lives easier and fuller.
Gregory and the Grimbockle is a lovely, hilarious and feel-good children’s book that readers will definitely enjoy! Despite being fun to read, it contains an important message. I would recommend it to children and their parents and suggest they talk about it, not just the story, but the meaning behind it.
Thank you Melanie Schubert for sending me a copy of your wonderful book, I really enjoyed reading it and can’t wait to read your next one!