The Grumbletroll . . . Isn't Grumbling Today!

Aprilkind , Barbara van den Speulhof illustrated by Stephan Pricken

Available October 2021

Age level: Picture Book: 4 to 8 years


I can do better than this! That’s what Grumbletroll firmly believes, so he bets his friends that he can manage not to grumble for one whole day. But that’s easier said than done: When his friends snatch the delicious cake right from under his nose, he’d love nothing better than to stomp his feet on the ground. And when a startled crow drops an unpleasant surprise right on his head, he wants to scream at the top of his voice. Will the Grumbletroll be able to control his anger and manage to win the bet . . . ? Grumbletroll serves as a model to help children recognize and learn ways to cope with and even stop fits of anger and rage that we all struggle with when things don’t go our way.

Size: 9" x 11" | 22 color images | 32 pp
ISBN13: 9780764362200

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Steffi & Michael Gerharz live with their three children in Troisdorf, near Cologne, Germany. Under their aprilkind label, they design and develop stories and stuffed toys for children from around the world to play with. They got the idea for the Grumbletroll when their youngest daughter sat across from them at the breakfast table, sulking and grumbling with her arms crossed. The little troll quickly took shape as a transformable plush figure that can show both anger and joy, and a concept was created for his storybook adventure series. As the father of a son, Stephan Pricken also knows a lot about being really angry. After forays into mechanical engineering and architecture, he first studied elementary school teaching with a focus on art and ultimately graphic design in Münster, where he now lives and works as a freelance illustrator. Developing the little troll and his world based on the existing stuffed toy was an unusual but exciting task for him, which he solved wonderfully: You just have to love his Grumbletroll! As a passionate children’s book author, director, and producer of (children’s) audio plays, Barbara van den Speulhof knows that the issue of anger plays a big role in many families. That’s why the idea of the little troll, whose anger thunders out unfiltered and who learns from his friends what impact it has on them, seemed just right to her. With her story, she brings the Grumbletroll and his anger to life—authentic, lovable, and guaranteed to be without any finger-wagging.