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Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself (Hardcover)

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“I loved Rumple Buttercup! Anyone familiar with Matthew Gray Gubler’s work will see his trademark quirkiness all over this book, which is simultaneously sweet and weird. This is the kind of book that will make children feel like it is okay to be themselves, in whatever shape or form. For adult readers, it will spark in them that hope and joy of feeling like a kid again.”
— Clarissa Hadge, Trident Booksellers & Cafe, Boston, MA


The #1 New York Times bestseller written and illustrated by Criminal Minds actor/director, Matthew Gray Gubler. This charming and inspiring story is the perfect gift for kids (and grown-up kids) alike!

Rumple Buttercup has five crooked teeth, three strands of hair, green skin, and his left foot is slightly bigger than his right.

He is weird.

Join him and Candy Corn Carl (his imaginary friend made of trash) as they learn the joy of individuality as well as the magic of belonging.

About the Author

Matthew Gray Gubler is a storyteller from Las Vegas, Nevada, who directs, paints, writes, acts, and knows magic. He also loves to voice cartoon characters, look for ghosts, and wear soft pajamas.

For more information, you can find him in a bathtub or at:
Instagram: @gublergram

Praise For…

A Forbes Best Children's Book of the Year (so far)

"Kids will love the weird, mythical and strangely cute character of Rumple Buttercup. It’s entertaining for all ages." —Forbes

Product Details
ISBN: 9780525648444
ISBN-10: 0525648445
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2019
Pages: 136
Language: English

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Local Witch Agnes and her vegetable companions’ peaceful lives are thrown into unease when a vampire moves in nearby! And only one vegetable can face him: poor anxiety-ridden Garlic! Garlic is tasked with confronting this vampire in order to help her friends, and her journey becomes one of finding her courage and discovering that people we don't know are not always as terrifying as our anxiety tells us. Absurdly cute and weirdly wonderful, with exemplary autumn vibes, this magical Witchy story is an all-ages, heart-filled adventure to sink your teeth into, with each character vibrant and completely lovable. I've never identified with vegetables so much in my life!

(Graphic Novel, Ages 8+) - reviewed by Isabel