Gregory and the Grimbockle is an amazing tale of a boy, who discovers a brockle, whose job it is to ensure that humans remain connected to one another! The book starts off with Gregory, stating how unhappy he is as he’s always bullied, by his sister at home and vlassmates in school! He has recently had a mole grow on hus face right under his nose, and finds that strangers are constantly trying to take it off, especially his neighbour Ethel, who finally manages to pull it hard enough to make him bleed. He goes home to find that there is a crack on his mole but it still hurts badly so he goes to bed and falls asleep.
He doesn’t notice when a creature jumps out of his mole at night but he wakes up when the creature accidently sets off his domino train, which he had planned on setting off at a later date. He finds the creature, who is purple and with a cockroach and both seemed petrified to have been caught, enough so that the purple one faints. When he wakes up, Gregory assures it that he does not plan on sharing the tale with anyone and this opens up the creature as it introduces itself as Grimbockle. He panics and stresses that he has to fix the relationship between a boy Tommy and his mother before sunrise as Tommy is expecting a phone call from his mother, who is on holiday but has forgotten to call him! He then “paints” Gregory with Silver Shrinker to make him small and then paints his eyes with Carrot Juice to make his vision sharper so that he can see the threads.
“The threads,” it said, continuing, “is the weaving, winding fibres that is connecting hoo-mans from one to the other.”
This then leads to Gregory being painted with the Golden Grower so he is tall enough to sit on thw cockroach and ride him through the Express, which takes them to California as the Grimbockle uses something to speed them up. Gregory gives the Grimbockle a domino for him to keep as he likes to collect human treasures. Once they arrive in California, they find that Tommy’s mum and step dad have gone to sleep and Grimbockle finds that he needs to go to Tommy to strengthen the threads from his side. Gregory feels that he needs to help somehow and writes a note for Tommy’s mother saying that she needs to call her son quickly and must get back to him soon.
When Gregory and Grimbockle arrive at Tommy’s house, they find that dark threads are growing on his head and they are amazed to find that the dark threads die when Tommy’s mother calls him to say she loves him and she’ll book her flight back first thing in the morning. This was a very touchy scene and made me cry as it was sweet to find that if a child isn’t given assurances on love, then they may begin to doubt that love and eventually distance themselves. Gregory and Grimbockle are then pulled into Bocklia, which is where Bockles live and are soon worried to find that they have been summoned to the Grandbockle, who is king at Bocklia. Once they arrive, Grimbockle shares that Gregory managed to kill dark threads and the Grandbockle lets both, Grimbockle and Gregory, go on the condition that Grimbockle must report Gregory’s activities at bi-weekly. Gregory goes back home and he starts to strengthen the weak threads he has with his family, building a strong connection with them and makes two friends in school as well. Ethel surprises Gregory and manages to pull off his mole. He goes home to find there is no bleeding and that there is clear skin where the mole had once been. Gregory attempts to strengthen his relationship with his neighbour by writing her a letter and taking biscuits to her house for her, where he finds, she also enjoys playing dominoes! This starts off a little event where both Gregory and Ethel always play dominoes every afternoon with Gregory’s friends joining them. This also leads to the death of Ethel’s dark threads and Grimbockle immediately leaves to report this. Eventually, Gregory gets a visit from the Grandbockle saying that the Bockles will be leaving and will often visit from time to time.
The ending shows how Gregory goes travelling to strengthen threads and eventually gets married and has two kids.
I absolutely loved this book and so did my sister, who is 8 years old. It was a very enlightening tale on how things aren’t always what they seem and how love comes in different shapes and forms. This book was a wonderful, heart-warming tale. It was an amazing book that showcased how things aren’t always as they seem and that there are little threads often keeping us connected to one another! I read this with my 8 year old sister and she absolutely loved the tale as it was often looking at little things that most of us may be insecure about, ie moles and freckles, and describing a completely different purpose for them! A definite 5 stars from me and my siblings for this absolutely gem of a book!!! The way certain words were written made it so much easier to imagine the scenario and how the Grimbockle would be speaking!!