Graham the Gargoyle by Brian Clopper
Graham is a young Gargoyle living in the land of Cascade, home to many magical and mythological creatures who abandoned Earth when humans stopped believing in magic. Poor Graham has a lot on his plate. First of all, there’s Blord and his gang of bullies who pick on Graham for being small and for befriending a troll, Graham’s best friend, Ot. Then, there’s the fact that Graham is supposed to have his first flight in front of all the village on Friday and he hasn’t even gotten up the nerve to practice yet. But, worst of all, is the fact that his grandfather is getting close to his Crossover, the time when an elderly gargoyle goes back to earth, climbs a church, and solidifies into stone as its protector for eternity. Graham doesn’t want to say goodbye. So, he decides to go with his grandfather to Earth. After all, what does he have to live for anyway?
What an incredible story Brian Clopper has crafted for us. It made me want to scoop up my children and snuggle up for a good old-fashioned story time. I think this book would make a wonderful read aloud. At first glance, I thought it would be a good book for second or third grade as it is so small, written as a short chapter book. But, in the end, I believe it would be a wonderful tool for instruction in 4th-6th grade as well. It has some very good vocabulary to introduce and the way it covers such powerful topics as bullying, overcoming fears and death is nothing short of brilliant. A short read, this one packs a punch.
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Come back Friday to hear what Brian Clopper, author of Graham the Gargoyle, has to say to about brainstorming new ideas for stories. Some of them are pretty fun and crazy. So, don’t forget to tell a friend to come back and check it out. Then, you can have some brainstorming fun together. See you then!