The Journey of the Noble Gnarble, by Daniel Errico, Illustrated by Christian Colabelli

Noble Gnarble A tiny, small-finned, floppy-tailed gnarble dreams the impossible dream of leaving his home on the ocean floor to see the sun and the sky above the sea.  He embarks on a perilous and fool-hardy journey, where nay-sayers like the blyfish try to discourage him, and predators like the subbalubble would like to make an easy meal of him.  But the noble gnarble is undaunted, and perseveres until his dream of  flipping above the waves becomes a reality.

I found this story at this website by accident while I was looking for good keywords to use as tags for this blog, and I’m so glad I did!  Everyone loves a story about a spunky underdog achieving his dreams against all odds.  This story has a whiff of Dr. Seuss with its silly fish names like subbalubble and warckle and its clever rhymes, but it doesn’t feel like it’s trying to actually be Dr. Seuss, which I really appreciate.  The illustrations are very nice, too, which I wasn’t necessarily expecting from a free online book.  The pictures have a very enchanting underwater feel to them.  I haven’t had a chance to read this one to my kids yet, but I know they will love it, and it will be fun to get the giggles talking about loggers, gungaloos, and plinks.

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Find a list of this and other books by Daniel Errico books here.


About childrensbooksonadime

I am mother to three spectacular daughters and wife to an amazing husband who is a disabled Army veteran. As a military wife for 7 years, I enjoyed traveling the world, and now that we are civilians again, I am excited to see where life will take us as my husband gets his MA and begins a new career. I love to read with my girls and on my own, sing, play & teach piano, and write children's stories. My blog is reviews of children's books I can find for under dollar and my goal is to start posting my own stories as soon as I get 100 followers. They're pretty great, so you should help me along by following. My dream is to see one of my stories published in a large and lovely picture book that will inspire the hearts and minds of the rising generation.
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