Hand Over Your Grudges to The Grudge Keeper

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The Grudge Keeper

•    Targeted Audience: Preschool, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary (Ages 4-8)
•    Genre: Fiction  Picture Book
•    Author: Mara Rockliff
•    Illustrator: Eliza Wheeler
•    Publisher: Peachtree Publishing
•    Publication Date: April 1, 2014
•    Binding: High Quality Hard Cover
•    Dimensions: 9.5″ x .11″
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 32 Pages
•    Retail: $16.95
•    ISBN: 978-1561457298

“No one in the town of Bonnyripple ever kept a grudge. No one, that is, except old Cornelius, the Grudge Keeper.”

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Every so often a picture book comes along with a life lesson so grand that it should be shared with both children and adults alike; The Grudge Keeper is one of those books. . .

The One Who Keeps Grudges

Bonnyripple is an old-fashioned town full of everyday people. None of these folks need to hold grudges because that’s the job of Cornelius, the  town’s one and only Grudge Keeper. So when anyone has a a bone to pick with another, a resentment to bear, or ill feelings to harbor, they all go to Cornelius, who carefully tracks them on paper and piles them high in his rickety, old house. You can imagine what his living room must look like with all those rolls of paper holding years of tesentment!

Well, one night a violent wind storm passes through Bonnyripple, and it causes the frightened people of the town to huddle together until it passes. Once the wind settles and the sun rises, the townspeople see that household possessions are not the only items that have been strewn about. Countless scrolls documenting grudges from Cornelius’ house have been misplaced too.  What are the people of Bonnyripple to do?

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 “The wind had mixed and mingled, tossed and turned, tumbled and jumbled, and finally dumped the rumpled, crumpled grudges into one whopping pile.”

An Irresistible Mouthful of Tongue-Twisting Words With Enchanting Illustrations

Author Mara Rockliff’s playful prose bring picture book storytelling to a most delightful new level.  Her winsome adjectives and catchy sequences of carefully chosen worlds will make your child want to read this story over and over again; it simply must be read out loud to get the full benefit of the melodic sounds. As if the words aren’t descriptive enough, the lovely illustrations add a touch of whimsy and visual splendor beckoning you to study them carefully.
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Loud Message Subtly Delivered

You’ll love the way the author gets her powerful message across in her own subtle way, without clobbering readers over the head with it. It’s just there for the taking, waiting for any and every person who comes along to discover it.

Are you a grudge holder yourself? Know anyone else who might be one? Well if reading The Grudge Keeper doesn’t help you let go of all your grudge-keeping baggage, simply nothing will. The message here, or rather I should say the life lesson is that it is ridiculously pointless to hold a grudge; it’s time-consuming, prevents you from fully enjoying your life and let’s face it, it’s a real cluttering, polluting mess!

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Why You Should Buy This Book

If you cherish the rare picture book that  is perfect in every way,  The Grudge Keeper is for you and your child. It’s cleverly written, fun to read out loud, has wonderful illustrations and offers the secret that will free you and lead you to a life of pure happiness. Buy it. Read it. Then go through your filing cabinet of grudges, shred every single one and put them in the recycling bin. Then buy another copy of the book and give it to someone else who could really use it.  You won’t want to let go of your copy. Trust me on that one.

mr5hrAbout the Author

Mara Rockliff is the author of several children’s books, including Me and Momma and Big John (winner of the Golden Kite Award, Charlotte Zolotow Honor, Junior Library Guild Selection) My Heart Will Not Sit Down, (Ezra Jack Keats Honor) and the Milo & Jazz Mysteries series, published under the pen name of Lewis B. Montgomery. She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania with her family.

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Eliza Wheeler grew up in Wisconsin and has wonderful inspiring memories of  her childhood spending time in the great outdoors and picking blueberries with her grandmother. She obtained her art degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and in 2011 won the portfolio showcase grand prize award from SCBWI. She wrote and illustrated Miss Maple’s Seeds, a New York Times best seller and continues to illustrate other stories. She lives in California.

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4 Thoughts.

  1. oh wow i love the message of this book. i love to read this kind of literature to my little man. thank you a million for the review :)

    • Precisely, exactly, indubitably! This is the type of rich, vocabulary-fattened feast-of-phrase type book that should be read out loud, in depth, over and over. I wonder if this book squeezes into the 600 word publisher’s contemporary recommended limit? I am definitely buying this one for our international school library in Tokyo. Thank you for the recommendation!
      Best Regards,
      Ruth Ingulsrud
      Author of “Princess Ramona, Beloved of Beasts”

  2. Pingback: On Illustrating The Grudge Keeper: Interview with Artist Eliza Wheeler | Smart Books for Smart KidsSmart Books for Smart Kids

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