Ten-year-old Grimble is worried. His parents are not very organized and they seem to have completely forgotten Christmas. Grimble tries his hardest to make the old Grimbles remember - dropping lots of hints, humming Christmas carols round the house and pointing out turkeys and Christmas puddings in the shops. But, with only nine days to go, Grimble decides there is only one thing to do.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Quentin Blake Illustrator. Ten-year-old Grimble has some unusual adventures trying to cope with his vague and forgetful parents.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published July 30th by Puffin Books first published More Details Original Title. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. Sort order. Dec 02, Fred rated it really liked it. An old childhood favourite I have recently revisited. A satisfying and funny read to pass down through generations if you have children!
Oct 07, Lorna Dahle rated it it was amazing Shelves: children-s-fiction. This is such a delightfully quirky little book. It was a childhood favourite; I loved the strange humour and rather envied Grimble's solitary adventures. I revisit it every few years and each time I see a different side to it.
The humour still appeals to me, but now I see a sort of sadness in it. I feel sorry for little Grimble, having to fend for himself while his parents disappear off to Peru.
I relate to this peculiar character so much which is probably why it has stayed with me throughout my This is such a delightfully quirky little book. I relate to this peculiar character so much which is probably why it has stayed with me throughout my life. It's important to mention Quentin Blake's illustrations, too.
Despite their glorious simplicity, they capture wonderfully the character of Grimble and bring his story alive. Dec 11, Sarahjoy Maddeaux rated it it was amazing. This is simultaneously the funniest and saddest book. If you like Clement Freud, you will love it. Quentin Blake's distinctive illustrations add to the charm. If you don't like Clement Freud, I feel sad for you. Sep 10, Libby Koponen rated it it was amazing. This is a very funny book and not as famous as it deserves to be.
I only heard of it because JK Rowling said it was one of her favorites. It made me laugh out loud in many places. May 26, Alex Furby rated it it was amazing. Wonderful book for children.
Dec 15, Fabbi rated it it was amazing. I read this as a child several times and flicked through it again recently. It is absolutely hilarious. I would recommend it to anyone of any age. Jun 13, Ellen rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Everyone. We found the first chapter of Grimble in a book called Funny Stories that the boys grandma had sent them for Christmas.
That book is filled with really wonderful English stories - so smart and so very funny all of them. We were so enamored of Grimble that we went on a hunt for the whole book. It is out of print, but Nana found it used and sent it to the boys. It was laugh out loud funny and very smart.
I hope that it is back in print someday. Jul 15, Judy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: people who like Philip Ardagh. Shelves: children-s-books , read-aloud-fun.
Really enjoyed it. Clement Freud is rather playful, and I think some of the fun would go over the younger reader's head. But some kids would get it. Reminds me of Philip Ardagh, but it's less surreal and wacky. Subtler, but with the same kind of offbeat humour. It's also gentler. Nothing gruesome in here.
Unless you take the idea of a ten year old child being left alone at home for a week seriously. You're not meant to. Jul 09, Maggy Farrell rated it it was amazing. This is a fabulous, witty, quirky book with two stories. In 'Grimble at Christmas', Grimble fears that his rather bohemian parents have forgotten Christmas and so it is down to him to organise everything. This involves lots of preparations, like his home toast delivery service and the making of onion fudge.
Wonderfully written and charming, 'Grimble' is an absolute must! Think Roald Dahl, but without the dark bits. Feb 08, Matthew Bice rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: weirdos. This book is by the grandson of Sigmund Freud. After I read it I decide I would name my first son Grimble. Then I discover that a "Grindle" is another word for a taint. I will not not be naming my son Grimble. Jan 02, Judith rated it it was amazing.
Jul 28, Lucy Parat rated it it was amazing Shelves: ya. Hilarious, quirky, Python-esque, Brit humor at it's best. A lucky 2nd hand shop find. Oct 22, Kitty rated it it was amazing.
One of my favourite books of all time I've re-read it so many times , it's so funny! Whenever anyone says actually I think of grimble, you'd know what I'm talking about if you'd read it - classic! Mar 24, Jenni Myburgh rated it it was amazing. One of my first independent purchases as a young child - I loved it then and I love it now. I reread it a few times a year! There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Clement Freud. Clement Freud.
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Grimble & Grimble at Christmas
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Grimble at Christmas
Grimble is a children's book by Clement Freud , published by Collins in A sequel, Grimble at Christmas , was published some years later. The book was illustrated by Frank Francis. In the s, the two titles were published in a compendium volume by Puffin Books, with drawings by Quentin Blake.
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