Modern day Australian fairytale lands in UK
As teachers across the UK prepare to start a new academic year, a modern-day fairytale from a land far away is ready and waiting to take your students on an exciting adventure they will treasure for years to come.
The protagonist is a clumsy young inventor on a quest for true love, and the challenges he must face to find it. But it is also a tale of bravery, absurdity and happiness, and the power of these qualities over negativity and sheer grumpiness.
Every parent will be familiar with their own little ‘grumpface’ from time to time. This story stands as a small piece of hope - that no matter how ingrained the grump, a smile or a giggle is in every one of us just waiting to come out.
Most adults today can relate to the magic of traditional fairy tales that create nostalgic memories of childhood story-times at home, in schools, at public libraries. However, attempts to modernise fairy tales often result in a tale that loses a touch of the magic that made our favourites so memorable.
Author of The Grumpface, BCR Fegan, believes that when we focus on ‘teaching’ something to children, rather than focus on igniting their imagination, we may in fact be hindering their intelligence. As Albert Einstein is thought to have said, “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
BCR Fegan considers that fairy tales shouldn’t only be stories that capture the delight of children. Their true test lies in whether they capture the imagination of adults as well. As C.S. Lewis once wrote, “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”
The Grumpface has many positive morals that can easily be drawn from the story, but its primary focus is providing an exciting and inspiring journey for the reader.
About the author
BCR Fegan is an Australian author who has written many fairy tales and fantasies for children and young adults.
Raised on a small hobby farm only minutes from some of Australia’s greatest beaches, Fegan grew up inspired by the power of nature’s ambience. From the intensity of the frequent summer storms, to the overwhelming serenity of a lonely beach in the early hours of the morning. His ravenous appetite for both reading and writing soon saw him drawing upon the transformational influence of the world around him to craft short stories, poems and picture books.
As time wore on, Fegan also found inspiration in the magic and depth of authors and compositors such as Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. Weaving his own magic, piecing together his own phrases and crafting his own worlds, his efforts saw a number of children’s books and young adult fiction produced.
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