We are thrilled to announce that Grumbler received a wonderful review from Reader's Favorite! Check out our great review below.
Reviewed By: Dacie Dayan for Readers’ Favorite
Review Rating: 5 Stars
Grumbler, written by Arielle Haughee and illustrated by Marina Veselinovic, is a charming story about love. Grumbler, the nasty, rude main character, is a rotting potato with a broken bowl for a hat. He lives alone inside a trash heap. Animals who live in a nearby forest try to show love to Grumbler but Grumbler hates love. He thinks it feels tingly, itchy and terrible. But the love from the animals settles on different parts of Grumbler’s body. He can’t get rid of the love, so he goes to a pond and throws it at the animals. Then he goes back to the dump and gets in a slimy bathtub until he thinks all the love is gone. Before long, the animals of the forest come to visit him and surround him with more love. What will Grumbler do? Will he ever realize that every time he gives love away, more of it keeps coming back?
Grumbler is a delightful story by Arielle Haughee, and is inspired by Warren Buffett’s quote: “Love is a strange thing. You try to give it away and you get more back.” The author uses great descriptions to show how love makes the nasty Grumbler feel: “tingly, itchy and terrible.” As children hear the story, they will think of how love makes them feel. They will see how miserable and frustrated Grumbler feels when he tries to get rid of love by giving it away. The illustrator, Marina Veselinovic, does a great job of showing Grumbler’s mean eyes turning to kind eyes; his nastiness slowly turning to happiness. She gives the cute forest animals adorable expressions as they share love. A great, meaningful read for kids.
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Leo the cat likes his happy place at home, no matter how much Daisy the dog pesters him to go on adventures. But when a mischievous cricket hops in his path, Leo can’t resist the urge to chase, even if it takes him on a terrifying journey with Daisy. When Leo confronts something he detests more than adventures, he must choose whether he wants to stay miserable or try and find happiness where he is. Joyride is a story of taking risks and learning how to find happiness wherever you are.
I am thrilled to share our second picture book, Joyride, will be out November 1, 2019.
The picture above is the inspiration image from the illustrator, Becky McKinness, at FayBecca Designs. We loved the fun and excitement of the ride but changed one of the characters to a grouchy cat named Leo. Becky was thrilled to recently have her work featured on the cover of The New Barker. She has a full article in the magazine on how she became an artist here.
Daisy the dog is based off her real pup, Daisy, who is also a fun-loving adventurer. We are excited about collaborating on this project and bringing the story to life. Stay tuned for more updates about Joyride!
When a stray tuna can accidentally brings Grumbler a new friend and this strange thing love, he must get rid of the tingly, terrible thing. But Grumbler soon finds out that trying to give away love comes with unexpected results.
I am thrilled to announce our first picture book, Grumbler, will be out in May of 2019. This manuscript has been months and months in the making and finally came to one of the most exciting stages...contracting an illustrator. We are excited to announce that Marina Veselinovic will bring Grumbler to life on the page!
Marina uses a combination of digital media and watercolor to create a unique look to her art. What caught my attention in her portfolio was the humor in her work combined with a style that is fun and eye catching for children.
Here are some images I nabbed (with permission) from her portfolio:
Those peas crack me up. The two images above are from What If Vegetables Were People? Here is another one that got my attention...
Now that is just gorgeous. Doesn't it make you cold just looking at it?
This one is called "You're Toast." Poor little guy. He looks so concerned. I can't blame him, I would be, too.
Needless to say, I fell in love with Marina's portfolio and was ecstatic when she agreed to illustrate Grumbler.
Here are some of her other books:
Asher and Watson Set Sail: A Pirate's Book for Children
The Ladybug Princess: A Princess Picture Book
The Lost Mariachis
The Happy Teapot
I can't wait to see what Marina comes up with for Grumbler!