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.
2021 Independent Press Awards Winner in Holiday: Children’s 2021 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Silver Winner in Young Reader: Fiction (8-12 Years) 2021 15th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist in Holiday 2021 Book Excellence Awards Finalist in Holiday 2020 New York City Big Book Awards Winner in Holiday 2020 Wishing Shelf Book Awards Gold Winner in Books for 9-12 year olds
About Lis Anna-Langston
Lis Anna-Langston was raised alongside 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 Children’s Book Award Winner. She draws badly and sings loudly, and loves ketchup, starry skies, and stories with happy endings aliens. Lis Anna-Langston lives in Columbia, South Carolina. You can learn more about her at www.lisannalangston.com.
Gobbledy is a middle grade story that is written by Lis Anna-Langston. I read this story with my 8 and 10 year old sons. This is the first book that I have read by this author. We enjoyed it very much.
Dexter and Dougal have lost their mom. Their lives were changed forever when this happened. They experience more change when Dexter finds a gold rock. It hatches into an alien. Dexter, Dougal and their friend Fi, are trying to figure out who or what this creature is. It's pretty smart and takes them on an adventure that they will never forget.
I love the lesson that the author has tied up into this book. The author has seamlessly woven in a lesson in how to process loss and grief in a way that middle grade children can understand it. The author has also peppered in humor and a fun adventure with Gobbledy and his new friends.
This story is well written, contains fun characters and a unique storyline. I hope to read more from this author in the coming days.
I received a copy of this book through The Great Escape Virtual Book Tours Blogging Program. All thoughts are my own.