Guy the Grumpy Gargoyle
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Why I wrote this book
I was invited to a local school to hold an author day and was asked to provide for children in Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage. I was reluctant to use Out of Time because it is too old for young children. This prompted me to write a short story-based in the abbey, produced some illustrations to go with it and read it to the infant children. The story was extremely well received and I have used successfully it in other schools too-and I have observed that it has stimulated lots of creative work linked to the book. It has an unusual character and setting and yet deals with relatable topics for young children. It is a good read aloud story which children will join in with. I am excited with the response it has received already and the instant connection made with the children and as a teacher I could see its value in stimulating a range of creative and imaginative work.
Synopsis Children’s story (3-7years).
Guy is a gargoyle at Furness Abbey. He enjoys watching the monks go about their business, and at night, when the moon is up, he is able to fly with his many brothers. Then the abbey is destroyed by soldiers. Everything changes and Guy looks on folornly as his brothers are lost. Some are carted away or broken and others go into hiding. He becomes very sad and grumpy and won't talk to anyone. This goes on for many years until a little shrew decides to cheer him up...She makes him laugh and then he finds he can fly again and makes new friends. The friends then decide to help him find his brothers. They fly from place to place, meeting different animals along the way. They finally find the remaining gargoyle safe and sound at the Abbey Mill Cafe. Guy the Gumpy Gargoyle is a fantasy picture story about friends and feelings that uses the traditions of storytelling to encourage sharing stories. The beautiful, full-colour illustrations provide a stimulus for discussion and will inspire kids to speak and listen. The journey the characters take is descriptive and enables children to join in and predict the text. By turns funny and sad, it will appeal to young readers aged 3-7, who will be able to relate to Guy's feelings and emotions and empathise with them.
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32 pages pages
Matador an imprint of Troubador Publishing
1st August 2012