Synopses: 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 other. It is a very important job and one that has long been carried out with incredible secrecy…
…that is, before tonight
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I was delighted to receive a review copy of this novel, and to celebrate the release, on the 9th of November of 2017, I decided to share with you my review for the novel.This could contain minor spoilers, I will give a warning for it with a *SP*.
I was intrigued with the synopses,a boy with a mole that becomes a magical creature! Sign me up! I was familiar with the Middle Grade genre, but it had been a while since I read one, turns out this is one of the best books I’ve read this month. It’s hard to describe how magical it truly is. If I could describe it without spoiling too much, I would say this book 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, to the point of being mocked by other because of it. He was an adorable young man and I liked how he reacted to the magic elements, how he dealt with the challenges and ultimately his growth as a person.
The Blockles are probably one of the best original creatures I’ve seen in years. They are funny, brave and witty. I was fascinated with how fleshed out they were with the city, their quirks and how their world was explained so well. The most important element was of course the exoodles, a clever metaphor for how people are connected. It explained how people fall apart, how relationships can be complicated and the value of connecting to others, understanding them and giving people chances. Also, it showed Gregory how it’s important to see behind masks and not to make assumptions of others based on rumors and prejudice. I think it’s a lesson no one is to old to learn, many adults could benefit from reading this book.
Other character I have to point out is Ethel. This nasty, unlovable old lady turned out to bring a lot into the plot and it was nice that the author didn’t shy away from complexity on characters. Ethel is the portrait of many elders that are lonely and are treated badly, becoming marginalized by society. It was sweet that Gregory connected with Ethel and I wish all stories could end as well as this one.
The main topics of this novel are the relationship between people and how our actions affect others. I was pleased with the positive tone on the harsher subjects, teaching kids the importance of creating bonds and being nice to others. Being a middle grade it’s normal that you have to sometimes circle around difficult topics but I never felt the narrative to be patronizing, it was a nice balance between reality and the storytelling elements.
I was a huge fan of the writing style, witty and simple and still able to convey the atmosphere of the novel so well. This was my first time reading a novel from this author and she did a great job. For the other elements, I was also a huge fan of the art work, it was so interesting the look of the Grimbockle! I’m a huge fan of illustrations on novels and this was no exception. What took me by surprise and made the experience even better was the soundtrack! I wasn’t sure how to work with it at first but once I found a good method it was so good! The original songs made it even more magical and made me connect to the story at an emotional and indescribable,way that it’s hard to explain, you can only feel it.
A fantastic experience that everyone should have. Gregory and his adventures with the Bockles are unforgettable. Five stars, please pick it up if you can.
May The Almighty GIP be with you, L.T:Htlls