Author: Lis Anna-Langston
Genre: Holiday Crossover – Middle Grade, Holiday Fiction
Ever since eleven-year-old Dexter Duckworth and his brother, Dougal, lost their mom, everything has been different. But “different” takes on a whole new meaning when, one day just before Christmas (or Kissmas, as they call it), Dexter finds a golden rock in the forest that hatches into an adorable alien. Gobbledy is smarter than he seems and is lost on planet Earth. Before long, Gobbledy takes Dexter, Dougal, and their best friend Fi on an adventure of friendship, family, and loss―one that requires them all to stay out of trouble, protect Gobbledy from a shadowy group called the Planetary Society, and prepare for their school’s Winter Extravaganza Play, where Dexter has to be a dreaded Gingerbread Man. Gobbledy is a fun-filled holiday story that adds up to two brothers, three friends, unlimited jars of peanut butter, a ketchup factory, and one little alien far, far from home.
“This charming alien-in-the-attic story boasts engaging characters, witty storytelling, and a furry little beast that will eat anything, all wrapped up in a warm holiday package.” ―Booklife
Ever had a day when you were a kid that everything went wrong? Well that is the case here but fear not, the path forward will lead the way! This a fun book about kids being kids and adventure being adventurous. The two brothers find that working together is the key to a better relationship.
When is a rock not just a rock? When that rock will turn into an eating machine. Nothing says gobble like eating the pizza slice and the paper plate!
There is a good lesson in this book for kids who have sadly suffered the loss of a loved one in their early life. A person you loved is not completely gone, they live on in your heart. A great book for kids who want to live an adventure unlike any they do in their life!
My Rating: 5 stars
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Lis Anna-Langston was raised along the winding current of the Mississippi River on a steady diet of dog-eared books. She attended a Creative and Performing Arts School from middle school until graduation and went on to study Literature at Webster University. She is a Parents’ Choice Gold and a Moonbeam Book Award winner. Twice nominated for the Pushcart award and Finalist in the Brighthorse Book Prize, her work has been published in more than forty publications including: The Literary Review, The Merrimack Review, Emrys Journal, The MacGuffin, Sand Hill Review and dozens of other literary journals. She draws badly, sings loudly, loves ketchup, starry skies, fireflies, French hip hop & stories with happy endings, (a-hem, I mean) aliens. Very happy aliens. :) Her new book hits shelves on October 2020. You can learn more about her at www.lisannalangston.com
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Reviewed by: Mr. N