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Burly & Grum: Beyond the Forest: A Burly & Grum Tale (Volume 1)

by Kate Tenbeth

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I loved this book and the other three I read about Burly and Grum. This the first book in the series…where all the friends meet. First Burly the Bear, meets Grum the Goblin…then Burly introduces Grum to Michael Angelo, or Mike the Angel, his good friend.

Grum has been kick out of his home by his mother and two brothers to prove that he is a strong goblin…he needs to do something brave…like kidnap a human. So he wants to go to a town but neither Burly nor Grum know how to get to one. Mike says he can get them there but Grum can’t hurt any humans…it is Mike’s job to take care of them. So Mike zaps them to a town (Mike does everything with energy…he is an angel) and tells them if they get into trouble to just yell for him and he will be right there to help them.

So their adventure begins in the “Town”. There is so much to see and most is very scary. They meet up with Max a young human, since he is a kid he can understand what they say. He offers to help them thru Town…he knows it like the back of his hand. After several incidents they really get into trouble they order food and of course have no money so they run. They try to hide in a Carnival where Grum sees the Carnival Queen and thinks he should kidnap her to take home. Grum and Max get into a big fight over this and Burly says no way can he kidnap her and that is when they are spotted by the police and the café owner…a chase begins…Burly get shot with a dart…Mike appears. You will have to read the book to see what happens next.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a fun, light read. It is good for all ages. It has wonderful illustrations by Rob Jones…I wish there were more, a lot more and the witting is great. The story is original and always has good morals and a feel good ending. I love these books in this series for a fun read. All her books about Burly and Grum are the same fun adventures all with new, fresh storylines. I can’t wait for more of them.

Kate Tenbeth also gives a donation to the Born Free Foundation for each book that is purchased. So how can you go wrong…buying her stories not only do you get a fun filled story that will make you smile (a lot) you are also contributing to a great foundation. ( )
  53bryanm | Jan 6, 2013 |
"Deep in the great forest there was a clearing filled with rays of warm, bright summer sunshine." Thus, with a lovely tone of fairytale, and with descriptive details that magically awaken all the senses, opens this story.

In the center of this story in a pensive goblin named Grum P. Groblin, who has to figure out a way to prove himself, and to prove his bravery to his older brothers, Grimly and Gripe. I found these names to be chosen not only with musical alliteration but with humor, too! Which is also true of the illustrations that grace the pages of this book. Done with black pen, they do not overpower the text, but extend it by adding a visual suggestion.

Along the path of his adventure he meets a bear named Burly (notice the musical alliteration again!) and they become best friends. I loved the dialogue between them on their first encounter:

Grumpy wiped his nose with the sleeve of his grey jacket. The bear pulled a face. "What's your name?" he asked.
"Grum P. Groblin."
"Grumpy?" The bear's lips twitched as he tried not to laugh.
"Yes... no... not Graumpy -- Grum P. Groblin."
Grum sighed. He had this problem all the time. "Groblins always have a secret middle name so I can't tell you what it is but is starts with P."

What more can I say but this: the beauty of this story is in reading it aloud. That is the best way to capture all the hidden clues...
five stars. ( )
  Uvi_Poznansky | Dec 12, 2012 |
Burly & Grum: Beyond the Forest: A Burly & Grum Tale
Kate Tenbeth (Author), Rob Jones (Illustrator)

This is the first story in the Burly & Grum series. It shows how Burly the bear, Grum
groblin and Max the little boy. They are cute stories.
Grum's brothers take him away from home and tell him that his mom was the one that wanted Grum gone because he was not brave.
Grum plans to show how brave he is so he can go back home and be let in the house. He sees a Bear and tries to knock him out so he can drag him back home. Burly the bear asks him what he is and why he hit him.
Then Grum decides he will go to a human town and kidnap a human to bring back to show his mom. Burly thinks that would be interesting and decides to go with him.
They have many adventures along the way. Grum's brothers get into trouble for trying to get rid of him and have to go find him.
I was given this ebook to read from Librarything and asked to give a honest review of it.
Publisher: GMTA Publishing; 2 edition (July 18, 2012) 116 pages ( )
  rhonda1111 | Dec 2, 2012 |
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