The Grumpface By BCR Fegan
A modern day fairytale by Australian author BCR Fegan lands in the UK to amuse children and parents alike.
The Grumpface is a modern-day fairytale in the spirit of any grand adventure, taking your children on a journey to a land far away, a long time ago, to the village of Hay, near the Forest of Ho. The protagonist is a clumsy young inventor on a quest for true love, and the challenges he must face to find it. But it is also a tale of bravery, absurdity and happiness, and the power of these qualities over negativity and sheer grumpiness.
Every parent will be familiar with their own little ‘grumpface’ from time to time. This story stands as a small piece of hope – that no matter how ingrained the grump, a smile or a giggle is in every one of us just waiting to come out.
Most adults today can relate to the magic of traditional fairy tales that create nostalgic memories of childhood story-times at home, in schools, at public libraries… However, attempts to modernise fairy tales often result in a tale that loses a touch of the magic that made our favourites so memorable.
Author of The Grumpface, BCR Fegan, believes that when we focus on ‘teaching’ something to children, rather than focus on igniting their imagination, we may in fact be hindering their intelligence. As Albert Einstein is thought to have said, “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” BCR Fegan considers that fairy tales shouldn’t only be stories that capture the delight of children. Their true test lies in whether they capture the imagination
of adults as well. As C.S. Lewis once wrote, “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”
The Grumpface has many positive morals that can easily be drawn from the story, but its primary focus is providing an exciting and inspiring journey for the reader.
The Grumpface is published by TaleBlade Press, £6.99 paperback. Other books by BCR Fegan: Henry and the Hidden Treasure, Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32.
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