Zeeber garbble ding! Modeling-clay character Gruel Snarl is driving his mom zonkers! Just an ordinary kid with an extraordinary imagination, Gruel spends his days doing all kinds of things but always seems to find his way into mischief. Desperate to find something to keep Gruel out of trouble, his mom offers him paper and crayons. Find out what happens when his imagination takes an unexpected turn in this story as the main characters merge and jump right off the page.
When I first read this I thought it was incredibly colorful, interesting and unique especially the twist at the end. That twist alone made this one of the coolest, most mind bending books I’ve looked into for my kids in a while. At first I thought it was the same old kind of alien thing until that ending!
As an adult I had no trouble with the ‘alien’ language and caught on really quick that even though Gruel was drawing what appeared to be pictures of ‘normal’ beings such as a gorilla, giraffe and a little boy to him they were ‘alien’ beings so that is why he was giving them off, alien sounding names. At first I had no issues with the story because I was approaching this from an adult perspective.
Then I read it to one of my daughters since I always get their opinions when I do reviews on kid books.
She had trouble understanding and got a little frustrated with me as to why I was giving the gorilla, giraffe, snake, mouse, etc these odd names instead of calling them what they are and she couldn’t repeat the alien names very well. I had to stop and go through this whole explanation with her about how an alien might perceive our world and what is normal to us would be freaky alien creatures to him. Eventually she got it but then when we got to the ending which as an adult I thought was pretty intriguing to do that twist she again didn’t get it.
She liked the alien, she liked when he got into trouble, she liked him drawing because she loves to do draw but when it came to the other stuff she didn’t like it. She can be very literal and logical so it’s either all alien or all human and the cross melting of the two just seemed to throw her off.
Thank you to Netgalley and Schiffer Kids for allowing me to review this book.
*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com