Thursday, November 26, 2020

"Grumpy Goes Home For The Holidays" - a bookwrap



Grumpy Goes Home For The Holidays

Authored by Susan Marie Chapman

Illustrated by Natalia Loseva


* Ages:  4-7

* Grade Level:  PS-2

* Hardcover:  42 pages

* Publisher:  Gourmet Dog LLC

* Pub. Date:  September 26, 2020

* Language:  English


This is a lovely book telling the story of Grumpy going home to see his family for the holidays. The message behind this book is that family matters rather than material things.

Myself and my 4 year old son really enjoyed this book.

Victoria  J. rated it ★★★★

This is a lovely little book featuring an Iguana called Grumpy and his friends. Grumpy goes home to his family for the holidays and takes them some little gifts his friend brought him. My daughter and I loved this book. We enjoyed the characters and the beautiful, bright and colourful graphics. I loved the way Grumpy interacted with his family and it was so heartwarming.

Catherine  C. rated it ★★★★★

A cute children's story about Grumpy the Iguana who wants to go home to his family for the holidays (Christmas). It felt so relevant and timed perfect for the 2020 lockdown we are all suffering.

Although he takes a beautiful sea glass gift from Miami Beach it gets lost along the way and he is sad. However, his family reassure him that HE HIMSELF is the best Christmas gift ever, which is a lovely sentiment to share with friends and family. We don't need gifts we just need each other. Luckily, on his return to the bus station the piece of sea glass is found and the story ends perfectly.

Beautiful illustrations to go with the story and a lovely book for adults and children alike to read.

Linda  T. rated it ★★★★★

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

This story highlights true friendship and family.  Grumpy, the iguana, decides it's time to return to his family this Christmas after a long absence from them.  He thinks it will be fun not to tell his parents and his little sister so he can surprise them.  Mr. Squirrel senses Grumpy's excitement and happiness and helps him select the perfect gifts to take home to give to his loved ones.  His best friend parrot flies to the bus station and sells one of his valuable green feathers to buy a bus ticket for Grumpy. Suitcase and gifts in hand he is escorted to the bus by Parrot and they wave farewell. 

The bus driver finally yells, "Florida Keys!' Grumpy exits the vehicle and heads straight for his home.  Will his family be ecstatic when he arrives?  Will they like his gifts he brought them?  Will everything happen as smoothly as Grumpy expects?   

The illustrations are big, bold and very expressive.  The message of the book is heartwarming.  This Christmas story is a lovely one to share.   Grumpy discovers that he, himself, is the best Christmas gift that his family receives.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 

Meet the Author

Susan has also written a book series which is now a seven book series called;( a grumpy the iguana and green parrot adventure) Book one is about an Iguana that had a routine and followed that routine every day. One day something happened to the iguana that disrupted his routine and he became grumpy.

Susan would see this iguana in the park when she would go to exercise. She noticed his daily routine and she witnessed what happened to Grumpy that caused him so much anxiety. Hence, Grumpy was born.

Chapman is originally from Pennsylvania. She grew up on a farm with many different animals and a huge vegetable garden. She is the eldest of eight children. She attended colleges in Pennsylvania. She has a BA in Economics from Wilkes University, an Associate Degree in Business Administration from the Business School of Widener University, and a Certification in Home Design from Philadelphia University. 

This is the 4th book in the Grumpy the Iguana series. However, it can be read as a stand alone story. The basic premise is that Grumpy has missed being with his family so he and his friends make a concerted effort to help him get home to be with his loved ones for the holidays. After losing one of the presents he brought, Grumpy learns that HE is the gift that they wanted for the holidays! This is a wonderful message especially during this difficult time when so many people are unable to be with loved ones.

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