The Grimstones Collection - 4 illustrated novels in 1 for ages 8-13
The Grimstones Collection by Asphyxia. This bind-up edition includes all four illustrated Grimstone stories in a single, beautiful 512 page book, for readers aged 7 to 13.
The Grimstones book series is based around a family of gothic puppets that were handcrafted by me, Asphyxia. The books are the diaries of Martha Grimstone, one of the puppets, and they are full of Martha's drawings, photographs and collage elements. The photographs show the family's home, which is a delightful world-in-miniature which I created myself using mostly upcycled materials and junk. This series will inspire children to get making, to create their own miniature world and people it with characters of their own creation.
The second book in The Grimstones series. Mortimer Revealed is based on the successful stage show about a magical doll's house, a valley full of thirsty herbs, and a departed father who had a magnificent hidden talent of his own. For readers aged 8 to 12.
This is a full-colour illustrated book that is enjoyed by both girls and boys. It's a great series to read to kids because parents enjoy the books too. They are not "dumbed down" for children, and are a good way to expand vocabulary.
While the book has a gothic aesthetic, there is nothing scary about the stories. The underlying themes are about family love and acceptance, embracing diversity, and a search to find ones' place in the world.
This series was awarded Australian Book Design of the Year award 2013, and also won the Speech Pathologist's book of the year 2013.
You can explore the world of The Grimstones on my website here.
Read what one mum wrote on her blog about The Grimstones here.
And a review from My Book Corner.
See a snippet of The Grimstones' theatre show on YouTube here.
And another snippet.
And in case you'd like more info, here's an interview with me that was shown on ABC TV about the creation of the Grimstones' story for the stage, book and app here.
You are welcome to pick up from my studio at the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne, Australia.