BOOK REVIEW AND Book GIVE AWAY - Gobbledy by Lis Anna-Langston



Juvenile Fiction / Holiday

Date Published: 10/20/2020

Publisher: SparkPress


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Ever since Dexter and Dougal’s mom passed away, life has been different—but things take a whole new turn when a shooting star turns out to be a creature from outer space!

Gobbledy is a fun-filled holiday story that adds up to two brothers, three friends, unlimited jars of peanut butter, a ketchup factory, and one little alien far, far from home.

I received an advance review copy for free and am leaving this review voluntarily. Thank you Lis Anna-Langston and RABT Books Tours and PR. I'm excited to be a part of this tour.

Gobbledy is a captivating novel for middle graders. This book is full of adventure while also dealing with loss. While the holidays are happy for most of us, they can also be very difficult for some, especially if they have experienced a significant loss and are celebrating with one less family member this year.

This will be my first Christmas without my paternal grandmother. She loved Christmas! My fondest childhood memories are all the Christmas Eve’s we spent having large family dinners filled with joy and laughter. And dishes, there were a lot of dishes to wash post dinner. She also made the BEST sugar cookies, which we affectionately nicknamed as “Grandma cookies.”

This book follows three friends as they find a golden rock that turns into an alien. Filled with the magic of the holidays and one adventure after another, this book will keep your reader engaged from start to finish. The message of grief is well written and presented in a way that is easy for children to connect with.

The descriptions are rich in detail and will certainly have children’s imaginations in high gear as they visualize what the characters are experiencing. I highly recommend this spirited holiday themed book, it’s perfect for this time of year!  

Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

2021 Independent Press Awards Winner in Holiday

2021 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Silver Medal Winner

2021 Book Excellence Awards Finalist in Holiday

2020 New York City Big Book Awards Winner in Holiday

2020 Wishing Shelf Book Awards Gold Medal Winner

2021 15th Annual National Indie Excellence® Awards Finalist


“Hugely entertaining as well as emotionally moving.”

―Kirkus Reviews


“This charming alien-in-the-attic story boasts engaging characters, witty storytelling, and a furry little beast that will eat anything, all wrapped up in a warm holiday package.”


“A delightfully entertaining novel by an author with a genuine flair for originality and the kind of narrative storytelling style that will fully engage the imaginative attention of appreciative young readers ages 8-11, Gobbledy by Lis Anna-Langston . . . will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to elementary school, middle school, and community library collections.”

―Midwest Book Review

“In Gobbledy, Lis Anna-Langston offers her readers a sparkling novel of discovery, adventure, and the abiding consolation of friendship . . . Eleven-year-old protagonist Dexter’s progress from bumbling troublemaker to triumphant (but still bumbling) hero is sweet, utterly convincing, and thoroughly engaging. This novel’s generous heart won me over from the get-go.”

―John Gregory Brown, acclaimed author of A Thousand Miles from Nowhere



About the Author

Lis Anna-Langston was raised along the winding current of the Mississippi River on a steady diet of dog-eared books. She attended a Creative and Performing Arts School from middle school until graduation and went on to study Literature at Webster University. Her two novels, Gobbledy and Tupelo Honey have won the Parents’ Choice Gold, Moonbeam Book Award, Independent Press Award, Benjamin Franklin Book Award and NYC Big Book Awards. Twice nominated for the Pushcart award and Finalist in the Brighthorse Book Prize, William Faulkner Fiction Contest and Thomas Wolfe Fiction Award, her work has been published in The Literary Review, Emerson Review, The Merrimack Review, Emrys Journal, The MacGuffin, Sand Hill Review and dozens of other literary journals. She draws badly, sings loudly, loves ketchup, starry skies & stories with happy aliens.

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