Sunday, November 20, 2022

Gobbledy

 

 

Juvenile Fiction / Holiday

Date Published: 10/20/2020

Publisher: SparkPress

 

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Ever since Dexter and Dougal’s mom passed away, life has been different—but things take a whole new turn when a shooting star turns out to be a creature from outer space!

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

2021 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Silver Medal Winner

2021 Book Excellence Awards Finalist in Holiday

2020 New York City Big Book Awards Winner in Holiday

2020 Wishing Shelf Book Awards Gold Medal Winner

2021 15th Annual National Indie Excellence® Awards Finalist


My Review...

I had the most fun! I loved Science Fiction as a kid. Still do. The kind that could be real, but well...not really. The kind of Sci-fi that you could picture. Be a part of. That’s what Gobbledy is.

It’s a story that has many aspects of real life today. Doing your homework, doing your chores, traveling to your grandparent’s lake house IF you are good. But then in the midst of this real-life humdrum stuff comes Gobbledy. He changed lots of lives. He’ll change yours if you read this book.

The Library of Congress lists this as at the 10- to 13-year-old reading level. I thought it was delightful, and I am most certainly not young anymore:) Depending on a child’s reading level it could be read by a younger child or read with a young child. It’s exciting and yet there isn’t one possible word or action you would have to worry about your child reading. The reason for the wide age range is that it’s such a good story. It’s something that could hold almost anyone’s attention. It has good guys, bad guys, humor (lots of wonderful humor) and characters you can almost picture whether it’s the dad or the kids. Or...the Gobbledy.

Lis Anna Langston has several books published within this 10 to 16+ year reading span. We can only wish she’s writing more as we speak.

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“Hugely entertaining as well as emotionally moving.”

―Kirkus Reviews

 

“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


“A delightfully entertaining novel by an author with a genuine flair for originality and the kind of narrative storytelling style that will fully engage the imaginative attention of appreciative young readers ages 8-11, Gobbledy by Lis Anna-Langston . . . will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to elementary school, middle school, and community library collections.”

―Midwest Book Review


“In Gobbledy, Lis Anna-Langston offers her readers a sparkling novel of discovery, adventure, and the abiding consolation of friendship . . . Eleven-year-old protagonist Dexter’s progress from bumbling troublemaker to triumphant (but still bumbling) hero is sweet, utterly convincing, and thoroughly engaging. This novel’s generous heart won me over from the get-go.”

―John Gregory Brown, acclaimed author of A Thousand Miles from Nowhere

 

 


About the Author

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. Her two novels, Gobbledy and Tupelo Honey have won the Parents’ Choice Gold, Moonbeam Book Award, Independent Press Award, Benjamin Franklin Book Award and NYC Big Book Awards. Twice nominated for the Pushcart award and Finalist in the Brighthorse Book Prize, William Faulkner Fiction Contest and Thomas Wolfe Fiction Award, her work has been published in The Literary Review, Emerson 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 & stories with happy aliens.


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