Children love presents, but when Simon’s mother gives him a soft toy he shies away from it. And no wonder. The toy is nearly as big as he is and has a bad-tempered scowl on its face. Nevertheless, Simon wants to like it so he gives it a name: the Grizzly Grump. And it is then that the toy begins talking. After this, Simon is entranced by the tales the Grump has to tell, and he learns that toys, like people, cannot be judged on first appearances.
Like Simon, the reader will be enthralled by the ups and downs of the Grump’s fortunes, during a magical journey which mirrors the ups and downs of real life and enables both him and Simon to find the happiness they seek.
This witty and amusing book, suitable for children of any age between 6 and 12, uses rhymes to enliven the text, and takes a wry, warm-hearted look at the world as viewed through a child’s eyes. The author is Sam Cullingworth, former WFF 'Mr World', film actor and paraglider pilot. The illustrations were drawn by his father, and many of them have interactive buttons for sound effects.