Kelli @ I'd So Rather Be Reading
I love Jason Sandberg's books. They are whimsical, fun, and imaginative. The illustrations are the best part of his books, for me. I love how detailed they are, and they always make me smile. There is an element of subtle tongue-in-cheek humor in Sandberg's work, and Fumbulgrumbul was the funniest of his books to date. I love it when children's fiction has a little something for the adult reading it aloud, and Sandberg includes the adult reader with aplomb.
Fumbulgrumbul is about a cookie delivery man. He is followed around by a poodle who wants to gobble up any boxes of cookies that he drops. Fumbulgrumbul is completely befuddled by a puddle on the sidewalk, and tries to come up with a way around it. What was so neat about this story was the text. It rhymed in a near tongue-twisting way. I loved that! But my favorite aspect of this story were the illustrations. There are unexpected things going on in the backgrounds of each page: a floating ship, a flying unicorn, and a man on a magic carpet. Each item made the story feel magical and unique. I liked that the extras changed with the story line, and added to it for me.
Kaitlyn enjoyed the story as much as I did. She loved the imaginative pictures in the background of each page. She laughed when Fumbulgrumbul kept trying to figure out how to go around the puddle.
Fumbulgrumbul was a fun read and I'd recommend it for kids age two and up!
Vonnie @ Vonnie's Reading Corner
Another wonderful children's book by the talented Jason Sandberg! This was a cute story with wonderful illustrations. I was quite entertained by the whole aspect of the book from the cover all the way to the last page.
With the help of rhyme, we were introduced to a silly character named Fumbulgrumbul who was carrying three boxes of cookies. But poor Mr. Fumbulgrumbul. Things didn't go as planned due to a poodle and a puddle. Fumbulgrumbul's story was short and adorable. How he tried to problem solve were quite silly and innocent. These qualities were what made his character loveable.
What I loved best about this book were the illustrations. Not only did they depict the story straight on, but the backgrounds had extra entertainment making Fumbulgrumbul's world different and special. I found myself grinning as different scenes were shown on each page. I also enjoyed how there was one scene that connected to another of Mr. Sandberg's books. It was fun to learn how the worlds created in his books were connected.
As a whole, this book really captured the fun side: reminding each of us the child within us. Not only will young children enjoy this book, but adults would love this book as well. Hats off to Jason Sandberg for creating another wonderful book!
Susan @ The Book Bag
Fumbulgrumbul was so enjoyable to read and to look at. Not only is there the cute story about Mister Fumbulgrumbul and his precious cookies but there are the awesone illustrations. I love it when illustrators add extra 'stuff' to their pages to entertain the reader right along with the words on the page. And Jason does both in his books!
A book really captures my heart when I can spend extra time on a page looking to see what else is there for me to find. I loved all the images that floated by the main scene on each page, images which were not even part of the story but added so much to my enjoyment of the book. And the reflections in the water? Superb!! Because of that depth of detail on each page, this book can be enjoyed by all.
Serenity @ Lovely Reads
Another book by Jason! I like these book and just how fun they are. It's a fun read for me and I know my girls enjoy me reading these to them!
Fumbulgrumbul is fun and full of rhyms that remind us all of the books we read as kids and can still be enjoyed. So Fumbul loves his cookies, but a cute poodle loves cookies too. Does he share? Does the poodle sneak some cookies away? Only one way to know, but no matter what this book won't disappoint!
5 Stars for another fun book by Jason!
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