Fred finds that, rather than relying solely on his own abilities, there are times when you need help from your friends. In the process, he makes an unexpected new friend himself.
This is a simple but smart story, with a message that will resonate with children. The story is told with rhyming lines, adding a lyrical quality that is very appealing. Biddulph is excellent at adding in little details that add originality and memorability to the story.
The illustrations are just fantastic – Biddulph is the art director of the Observer Magazine – and guaranteed to delight and draw comment. Boris steals the show for me, with the glasses and moustache.
One test for an excellent picture book is whether you read it more often to yourself than to your child; then it becomes a guilty pleasure! Grrrrr! is definitely one of my guilty pleasures right now.
Author: Rob Biddulph
Reviewed by Nick K, Ranui Library
Nick K enjoys reading crime fiction, demonological adult and young adult fiction, classic children’s fiction like Arthur Ransome and picture books, especially those illustrated by Quentin Blake. He hates reality TV.